Nanaimo Bar Ice Cream Cake

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This classic Canadian bar has been updated into the ideal summer dessert to celebrate our nation’s birthday. The chewy crust, creamy ice-cream and ganache topping are a perfect combination of flavours to end a summer backyard BBQ.

You’ll want to make this cake at least a day before you plan to serve it, as the ice cream needs to harden in the freezer for at least 12 hours before serving.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Ingredients

3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup finely chopped walnut
1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted to remove lumps
1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup butter melted
2 tablespoons custard powder (such as Bird’s Traditional)
4 cups French vanilla ice cream softened
55 grams semisweet chocolate (about 2 oz) chopped or ⅓ cups chocolate chips
1/4 cup whipping cream

Method

In bowl, stir together graham crumbs, coconut, walnuts, cocoa powder and sugar. Drizzle with butter and stir until combined. Press into bottom and up side of 9-inch (23 cm) pie plate. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

Allow ice-cream to soften on counter for 15 minutes. Fold custard powder into ice cream; spread over crust, smoothing top. Cover surface directly with plastic wrap; freeze until firm, 2 to 3 hours.

In small saucepan, heat chocolate and cream over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth. Let cool for 5 minutes. Spread over top of pie; freeze until firm, about 20 minutes.
Once firm, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 12 hours in advance of serving to allow the ice-cream to harden.  
Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Run the blade under hot water, drying on a towel to assist cutting through the ice cream into neat slices.