Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Daring Bakers: Nanaimo Bars

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

We started by making gram crackers which are deceptively hard.
The hard part is the dough is SUPER sticky and hard to roll out. And if you want your crackers to not be rock hard, you have some major baking time issues to work out. Since I was just using these for the nanaimo bars I didn't have the patience to work out the timing right to make them for straight eating. If anyone did manage to get these to bake so they were stiff to hold but soft to eat please let me know how long and what temp you baked your grams for.

The grams were then used in the base of the nanaimo bars. I used marshmallows instead of coconut because that's what i had on hand, and I'm the only one around here that likes coconut. This dessert is not for anyone who is counting calories or watching fat. I decided to make a 9*13 pan since we had gusts coming. It used over a pound of butter. I think I would have liked these better if the 'custard' layer was more pudding-ish and less butter.

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Jenny said...

You're so right about the graham cracker dough... Sticky, sticky, sticky. It was hard to get any into the oven, though, because it was so delicious!

Great job on the challenge!

T.J. said...

I think your graham crackers could have been as inedible as rocks and they still would have tasted delicious with all those yummy ingredients added on top of it! YUM! Makes me want a sweet right now!!

I'm curious to see any follow up on the graham cracker recipe...

Jeanne said...

My graham crackers came out crisp as well! But I still think they were delicious. I love the idea of using marshmallows instead of coconut!

kristenly said...

i don't know how my grahams turned out edible but my dough wasn't sticky it was dry. weird huh? maybe it's one of those humidity issues. anyway lovely bars! and very clever using the marshmallows. they look like they turned out quite well.

Juline said...

Your grahams look good, at least! If you want them softer, there might be some adjusting to do to the recipe, though I'm not sure what that would be. I like your marshmallow substitution, but I'm with you -- overall the bars are too over the top.