Friday, 29 January 2010

Nah-nye-Moh, a new daring baker challenge !!

This month , Canada is our subject, we are going to make Nanaimo ??? what?? who??
That is what"daring bakers" do ;)))
Every month we try something new and that is the most enjoyable part for me.
Nanaimo Bars are a classic Canadian dessert created in none other than Nanaimo, British Colombia. In case you were wondering, it’s pronounced Nah-nye-Moh. These bars have 3 layers: a base containing graham crackers, cocoa, coconut and nuts, a middle custard layer, and a topping of chocolate. They are extremely rich and available almost everywhere across the country.
Canada will host the 2010 Winter Olympics, it will be held in Vancouver .
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
For me as I am living in Egypt and really sorry to say that all the food products suitable for Celiac people are not available, so I knew from the first moment that I should go for the plain flour graham crackers, so I used the Graham crackers recipe in this lovely site

And I started to make the recipe, it was nice but a little bit heavy for us.
I noticed that a lot of american and canadian desserts are really heavy, a lot of butter and a lot of sugar, but we enjoyed it and we enjoyed Graham crackers a lot.
Here you are the recipe, the gluten free one :-
For Gluten-Free Graham WafersIngredients1 cup (138 g) (4.9 ounces) Sweet rice flour (also known as glutinous rice flour)3/4 cup (100 g) (3.5 ounces) Tapioca Starch/Flour1/2 cup (65 g) (2.3 ounces) Sorghum Flour1 cup (200 g) (7.1 ounces) Dark Brown Sugar, Lightly packed1 teaspoon (5 mL) Baking soda3/4 teaspoon (4 mL ) Kosher Salt7 tablespoons (100 g) (3 ½ ounces) Unsalted Butter (Cut into 1-inch cubes and frozen)1/3 cup (80 mL) Honey, Mild-flavoured such as clover.5 tablespoons (75 mL) Whole Milk2 tablespoons (30 mL) Pure Vanilla Extract
Directions:1. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, combine the flours, 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. If making by hand, combine aforementioned dry ingredients with a whisk, then cut in butter until you have a coarse meal. No chunks of butter should be visible.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 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius).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. Might take less, and the starting location of each sheet may determine its required time. The ones that started on the bottom browned faster.9. When cooled completely, place enough wafers in food processor to make 1 ¼ cups (300 mL) of crumbs. Another way to do this is to place in a large ziplock bag, force all air out and smash with a rolling pin until wafers are crumbs.
Nanaimo BarsIngredients:
For Nanaimo Bars — Bottom Layer1/2 cup (115 g) (4 ounces) Unsalted Butter1/4 cup (50 g) (1.8 ounces) Granulated Sugar5 tablespoons (75 mL) Unsweetened Cocoa1 Large Egg, Beaten1 1/4 cups (300 mL) (160 g) (5.6 ounces) Gluten Free Graham Wafer Crumbs (See previous recipe)1/2 cup (55 g) (1.9 ounces) Almonds (Any type, Finely chopped)1 cup (130 g) (4.5 ounces) Coconut (Shredded, sweetened or unsweetened)
For Nanaimo Bars — Middle Layer1/2 cup (115 g) (4 ounces) Unsalted Butter2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons (40 mL) Heavy Cream2 tablespoons (30 mL) Vanilla Custard Powder (Such as Bird’s. Vanilla pudding mix may be substituted.)2 cups (254 g) (8.9 ounces) Icing Sugar
For Nanaimo Bars — Top Layer4 ounces (115 g) Semi-sweet chocolate2 tablespoons (28 g) (1 ounce) 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.

I really loved to change in the shape, and I added some strawberry puree and kimkawat jam between the custard layer and the bottom layer, I used some chocolate transfer tooAnd see what I also did???

I invited the three mascots of the vancouver winter olympics to share with us the sweet bars
We really enjoyed our time together ;)))

Thanks dear Lauren for the wonderful challenge :))


  1. Lovely blog and your Nanaimo bars look great! So creative! Fantastic job!

  2. Wow! I love the shape. How did you do that? And I have never heard of chocolate transfers. Fantastic work!

  3. you made Nanaimo very proud of you and your bars. Amazing job on the challenge my friend.
    Now you have a taste of Canada!!!!!!!!!!!!
    EEEEEEEEEEhhhhhhhhhhhhh this is a Canadian Slang

  4. Ciao ! You made them so beautiful !! I changed the middle layer because it was too sweet for me too !

    you did it again girl ;D
    it's soooo lovely challenge...... but from you it was the perfect at alllllllllllllllllll

  6. These look lovely nice use of the chocolate transfers on the top and the shape, they look so pretty :)

  7. you are now an honourary Canadian! We love our Nanaimo Bars in Vancouver...yours look the best!!!

    Thanks for your excellent blog!

    brad, Vancouver BC

  8. I am impressed with your bars Chahira. Wonderful.


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