Nanaimo Bars(pronounced Nah-nye-moh)- DB goes to Canada

The January 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Lauren of Celiac Teen. Lauren chose Gluten-Free Graham Wafers and Nanaimo Bars as the challenge for the month. The sources she based her recipe on are 101 Cookbooks and http://www.nanaimo.ca.

If you are on a diet don’t even LOOK at this Canadian Dessert, cuz it will BLOW your diet away!

But it will be totally worth it.

These outrageously rich and delicious treats are as delicious as they are fattening and pretty much uncomplicated to make. I followed the instructions, but I did reduce the sugar by half and they were still fine. I gave away a few to my friends and my family and I polished off the rest. Though I may not make them too often. I’m glad I did make them this time. Thanks Lauren.

Try these out if you want a piece of heaven…But make sure you share it too…

Since we don’t not get Gluten-free dough here(I tried a LOT) I just replaced it with whole wheat.
Graham Wafers

Ingredients
3 cups whole wheat flour
200g dark brown sugar, lightly packed
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
100g unsalted butter (cut into 1-inch cubes and frozen)
80ml honey, mild-flavoured
75 ml whole milk
2 tablespoons (30 mL) pure vanilla extract

Directions:
1. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Pulse on low to incorporate. Add the butter and pulse on and off, until the mixture is the consistency of a coarse meal.
2. In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together the honey, milk and vanilla. Add to the flour mixture until the dough barely comes together. It will be very soft and sticky.
3. Turn the dough onto a surface well-floured with sweet rice flour and pat the dough into a rectangle about 1 inch thick. Wrap in plastic and chill until firm, about 2 hours, or overnight.
4. Divide the dough in half and return one half to the refrigerator. Sift an even layer of sweet rice flour onto the work surface and roll the dough into a long rectangle, about 1/8 inch thick. The dough will be quite sticky, so flour as necessary. Cut into 4 by 4 inch squares. Gather the scraps together and set aside. Place wafers on one or two parchment-lined baking sheets. Chill until firm, about 30 to 45 minutes. Repeat with the second batch of dough.
5. Adjust the rack to the upper and lower positions and preheat oven to 180′C.
6. Gather the scraps together into a ball, chill until firm, and reroll. Dust the surface with more sweet rice flour and roll out the dough to get a couple more wafers.
7. Prick the wafers with toothpick or fork, not all the way through, in two or more rows.
8. Bake for 25 minutes, until browned and slightly firm to the touch, rotating sheets halfway through to ensure even baking.
9. When cooled completely, place enough wafers in food processor to make 1 ¼ cups of crumbs.
Nanaimo Bars

Ingredients:

For Nanaimo Bars — Bottom Layer

115g unsalted butter
25g granulated sugar
5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 large egg, beaten
1 1/4 cups gluten free graham wafer crumbs (See previous recipe)
55g almonds, finely chopped
130g shredded coconut

For Nanaimo Bars — Middle Layer
115g unsalted butter
40ml heavy cream
2 tablespoons vanilla custard powder
100g icing sugar

For Nanaimo Bars — Top Layer

115g semi-sweet chocolate
28g unsalted butter


Directions:
1. For bottom Layer: Melt unsalted butter, sugar and cocoa in top of a double boiler. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, nuts and coconut. Press firmly into an ungreased 8 by 8 inch pan.
2. For Middle Layer: Cream butter, cream, custard powder, and icing sugar together well. Beat until light in colour. Spread over bottom layer.
3. For Top Layer: Melt chocolate and unsalted butter over low heat. Cool. Once cool, pour over middle layer and chill.

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Custard Biscuits

Custard Biscuits

Spend the whole of yesterday perambulating between the kitchen, the television and my computer with equal laziness. Not that it was a day wasted. Watched Twilight- Robert Pattison is AWESOME. I’m not a psychotic fan scratching my neck open for blood but he does have the most beautiful eyes!
I also managed to bake these super easy custard biscuits.

This is one biscuit recipe that you can NEVER go wrong with. It’s completely no-fuss and a definitely safe tea-time eat. The measurements given make maybe 3 dozen biscuits so perhaps you could half them if you want.

3 cups self-raising flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup custard powder
3 eggs, beaten
250 grams butter, melted and cooled
1 tsp vanilla essence

In a large mixing bowl , combine all the dry ingredients.
Make a well in the center and pour in the vanilla, the beaten eggs and the melted butter. Mix well using a wooden spoon, but if you prefer it the old-fashioned way do what I did-use your hands.
Knead it into a ball until all the flour and custard is blended in. If you feel the dough is still too dry, you may add a little bit of milk to make the dough soft.
Roll into small balls and press. Bake at 160 C for around 20 minutes.

Note: It is always advisable to test the baking time. Roll out one cookie and check how long it takes to bake until golden. Remember cookies harden as they cool. So let cookies cool for around 5 minutes before you check for crispiness.
Happy Baking!

Sponge Cake Pudding

Spomge Cake Pudding
I started out with the intention of making a Waldrof Cake (courtesy Betty Crocker) but the sponge cake I make cracked while I was turning it over. (I didn’t grease the cake tin well enough I guess!) Searched around and found this simple yes tasty cake pudding recipe. While it was not very visually appealing, it tasted good and qualifies as a quick and simple dinner party dessert.

Ingredients
1 Basic Sponge Cake- Cut into 2-inch thick fingers
1 banana diced
1 Apple diced
¼ cup water mixed with 2 tbsp sugar
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