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

And I’m back!

After just over an hour sitting on my countertop, the nanaimo bars finally thawed enough to cut through the base. unfortunately the chocolate was still very brittle so broke into a thousand pieces as I cut. I managed to salvage a couple of normal-looking pieces to take photos of…

I have never heard of Nanaimo bars before. They are a Canadian treat and incredibly sweet but yummy. The base is like tiffin (hag and mag for any of my family reading) with extras: coconut and almonds. (Note to self: remember that husband does not like coconut in cakes or bars in future…) The middle bit is like a custardy layer – and it does in fact have Birds custard powder in it. The top is just melted chocolate, but don’t even get me started on how much I miss having a microwave to melt chocolate in.

I like them. I like the base the most though. The custard layer I could take or leave. Maybe these would be yummy turned into some kind of millionaire shortbread instead? Hmm….

I should make clear I cheated a bit in this challenge. We were supposed to first make the gluten free graham crackers to use in the recipe. But I started too late and could not on short notice find most of the ingredients I needed in the local GB supermarket. So I just used digestive biscuits instead. I like to see it as easing back in to the challenges :)

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