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/.
Daring Bakers is a group of over 2000 bakers from all over the world. Each month this group takes the Internet by storm when they reveal a daring recipe that they have all made.
I have to admit that I didn't complete the entire challenge. I tried to make the gluten-free graham wafers but I ended up burning them. Thankfully I had a backup so the challenge wasn't a complete fail. :)
These Nanaimo Bars were really delicious and surprisingly easy to make. Enjoy!
Makes: 16 bars
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup granulated vanilla sugar
5 tbsps unsweetened cocoa
1 Large Egg, beaten
1 1/4 cups (160 g)Graham Wafer Crumbs (See previous recipe)
1 cup Roasted peanuts (finely chopped)
1/2 cup shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
2 tbsps and 2 tsps (40 mL) Cream
2 tbsps Vanilla Custard Powder
1 cup Icing Sugar
115 g Semi-sweet chocolate
2 tbsps Unsalted Butter
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.
These bars freeze very well, so don’t be afraid to pop some into the freezer.
The graham wafers may be kept in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Mine lasted about that long.