This month we will celebrate the cuisine from Canada with Calgary Nanaimo Bars.
Like to cook? Join us for Chef Theresa's International Cuisine Series. Ingredient list will be posted a few weeks before each session.
Register online or by calling the library at 973 584-2400 and the link will be sent to you the day before the event.
If you are going to cook along with Chef Theresa, please have your ingredients measured out and chopped, if necessary, in advance and all your materials ready!
Calgary Nanaimo Bars - Recipe
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup baking cocoa
3/4 cup butter, cubed
2 large eggs, beaten
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped almonds, optional
2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 tablespoons 2% milk
3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
Line an 8-in. square baking pan with foil, letting ends extend over sides by 1 in. In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar and cocoa; add butter. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until butter is melted. Whisk a small amount of hot mixture into eggs. Return all to the pan, whisking constantly. Cook and stir until mixture reaches 160°. Remove from heat.
Stir in cracker crumbs, coconut and, if desired, almonds. Press into prepared pan. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until set.
For filling, in a small bowl, beat confectioners' sugar, pudding mix, butter and milk until smooth; spread over crust.
In a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Spread over top. Refrigerate until set. Using foil, lift bars out of pan. Discard foil; cut into bars.
Theresa Navarro is a successful owner and chef of Jeremiah’s catering and cooking studio in Parsippany. She started at the young age of 13 working in restaurants. Achieving ownership at age 24 Theresa opened Jeremiah’s cafe and catering. For the last 23 years Theresa has prepared, catered and taught for her community. Jeremiah’s Catering offers cooking classes created especially for children. Theresa holds these classes and teaches children how to cook healthy meals for themselves. Of course, everything is made to be safe for children and Theresa is extremely patient and pays attention to each child in her class. She chooses easy, yet healthy, recipes for the children and does her best to stir in them the joy and happiness of making tasty food. The whole idea is to help the children acquire new skills, enjoy group activities, and teach them all about healthy foods. And Theresa does this with a lot of dedication and enthusiasm.
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