db: (ba)nanaimo bars
The January 2010 Daring Bakersâ€™ 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 www.nanaimo.ca.
Tell you what, I actually finished this challenge a good week and a half ago. A week and a half. That’s the earliest I’ve ever finished a Daring Bakers Challenge… ever!
But I’m posting late.
Late because I’ve been working late, partying late and well… sleeping late when I have the chance.
Lucky for me, the Very Tall Boy was on my back about this challenge early. And enthusiastically.
“Maybe you can make your na-ma-na-bi-no bars Canadian. Because they’re from Canada.” He said, after reading through the recipe with me, one sun-kissed Summer Holiday afternoon.
“With maple syrup? And walnuts?”
“Mmmmyes!” he said, eyes widening. “And maybe you can make it look like an igloo, because of the Winter Olympics.”
“And fill it with a maple mousse instead of the filling and make the chocolate bit white chocolate?” said I, eyes even wider.
“Maybe we should just try make the Graham Crackers first…”
And so we did – well, so I did, for the Very Tall Boy was far too sleepy and I far too wary of chilling requirements to wait much longer. The last bag of sorghum flour was sourced from the local Indian Grocer, and the other two from a stash of glutinous flours that live in a big silver bucket at the bottom of our pantry.
Mix, roll, chill.
Cut, chill, bake.
“Oh! They taste like honey!” said I on biting into the first.
“Ugh! They taste like honey…” said the mother on biting into the second.
“They taste like calamari” said the Very Tall Boy.
And so we moved on to Nanaimo Bars.
Ba-Nanaimo Bars to be precise. With a dulce de leche filling because I wanted to make a banoffee pie, but didn’t feel like eating all that cream.
I boiled my very (very) first can of condensed milk! I crushed up my beautiful graham crackers! I toasted coconut! And walnuts! And added them to a chocolatey base!
And then I spread velvety caramelised milk over the top of it all and tried not to eat it all with my bare fingers.
And the family ate it and saw that it was good.
(And the Very Tall Boy did the washing up and was rewarded with extra Nanaimo.)