Saturday, January 30, 2010

Daring Bakers Challenge January 2010

This month was a two-part challenge.

We first made graham crackers which were then used as part of a graham cracker crust for a rich Canadian dessert, Nanaimo Bars. The graham cracker dough was very similar to a gingerbread dough - very sticky, which is always a challenge for me! The sweet smell that infused my kitchen as they baked made up for my dough frustrations and they were very good. The Nanaimo bars are composed a graham
cracker/coconut/almond bottom layer, a rich buttery custard middle layer, and topped by a chocolate ganache. Many of the Daring Bakers said they were very sweet, which usually for my sweet tooth means "just sweet enough," however they were in fact quite sweet and rich, so I was glad I cut them into small pieces.

The Verdict: I'll probably make the graham crackers again to eat as snacks, especially because of how impressed Leonard was with the process. "You made a cracker! A cracker! What can't you do?" I don't think I'll make the Nanaimo bars again. Though they were tasty, they weren't 'knock your socks off' tasty.

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

Friday, January 01, 2010

Home again...

Leonard and I have returned from a very fun family-filled Christmas vacation in McCall. We relaxed, ate delicious food, went sledding, and enjoyed our three adorable nephews.

Speaking of nephews, here's a pillowcase-caped Eli modeling the very bushy beard I made them for Christmas:

Happy New Year!

Note: you may have noticed I haven't been posting the Daring Baker's Challenges the last two months. I decided to give myself a break for the holidays, but plan on returning for the January challenge.