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Daring Bakers: Graham Crackers and Nanaimo Bars

January 27, 2010

This month I amazed myself: I made the January Daring Bakers challenge recipe the day it was posted.  Why, you may ask?  Because it was January 1 and I really had nothing else to do.  It was fabulous.

This challenge consisted of two parts: making homemade graham crackers and then using the crackers to make nanaimo bars (a Canadian dessert in honor of the 2010 Winter Olympics, which are being held in Canada.  Where exactly, I can’t tell you.  Sorry.)

These are my homemade graham crackers and they tasted nothing like store-bought graham crackers.  Honestly I thought they were a bit sweet, and they are more like cookies than anything.  And the dough was exceedingly wet and difficult to work with.  I’m interested in pursuing the idea of homemade graham crackers further, but next time I’ll try a different recipe.

The nanaimo bars were essentially a layer of chocolatey almonds, coconut and graham crackers, topped with a layer of frosting, topped with a layer of melted chocolate.  Yum

I wound up taking the bars to work since I didn’t think it a good idea to eat the whole pan by myself at home.  My Canadian colleague got a kick out the bars and he said they were good, so I must have done something right!

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

13 Comments leave one →
  1. January 27, 2010 10:34 am

    Your Nanaimo bars looks delicious
    great job 🙂

  2. January 27, 2010 12:51 pm

    I am just loving the way your grahams look with also nice edges. Amazing – I even thought probably urs were store bought when I saw them first 🙂 V pro! Great challenge this sure was 🙂

  3. January 27, 2010 1:36 pm

    Sorry to hear that you didn’t love the graham crackers–they were actually my favourite part. Yours do look perfect, though!

  4. January 27, 2010 2:20 pm

    Nicely done. I ended up taking most of mine to work too. We should come up with a fat-free version. LOL

  5. January 27, 2010 7:23 pm

    Your photos are so dreamy! I’m glad you enjoyed the bars even if you weren’t a big fan of the wafers =D. Fantastic job on my challenge!

  6. January 27, 2010 10:12 pm

    Wow love those pretty graham edges. You did well!

  7. January 27, 2010 10:49 pm

    Beautiful bars, but your graham crackers look especially uniform and PERFECT! GREAT job on the challenge!

  8. January 27, 2010 11:36 pm

    I wouldn’t mind eating an entire pan of, well, pretty much anything that’s baked in a pan. But I think my stomach might mind. I agree the graham crackers were sweeter ( I would add less sugar next time) and tasted very different from store-bought, but I think that’s their charm.

  9. January 28, 2010 11:27 pm

    Great job.. beautiful graham crackers.. just perfect 🙂

  10. January 29, 2010 2:04 pm

    Your graham wafers are beautiful… I love the scalloped edges! Your bars look great, too! I just love how these taste, especially the bottom layer.

  11. Jennifer permalink
    March 8, 2010 10:29 pm

    Michelle thinks we need to make these.

    • March 8, 2010 10:36 pm

      You should make these! They’re super quick and easy, as long as you don’t make your own graham crackers!

  12. Michelle McNichols permalink
    March 8, 2010 10:31 pm

    i think theese look sooooooooo good!

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