Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Nanaimo Spoons

Before I started to read food blogs I had never heard of Nanaimo Bars. Before this month I had never eaten one either. Now, not only I ate Nanaimo Bars, but I’ve also eaten Nanaimo Spoons…

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 www.nanaimo.ca.

Lets start with the Graham Crackers, one of the components of the bars/ spoons. I’ve made homemade graham crackers before, but I’d have to say I liked these ones better! Plus these are graham crackers feet, and that makes them even cooler!

Gluten-Free Graham Crackers
  • 1 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/Flour*
  • 1/2 cup (65 g) (2.3 ounces) Sorghum Flour*
  • 1 cup (200 g) (7.1 ounces) Dark Brown Sugar, Lightly packed
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) Baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon (4 mL ) Kosher Salt
  • 7 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 Milk
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) Pure Vanilla Extract

* I didn’t make mine gluten-free, so I’ve used the same amount of wheat floor (half AP, half whole wheat).

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. 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. 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. 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. Adjust the rack to the upper and lower positions and preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius). 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. Prick the wafers with toothpick or fork, not all the way through, in two or more rows. 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. 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.

For Nanaimo Bars — Bottom Layer
  • 1/2 cup (115 g) (4 ounces) Unsalted Butter
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) (1.8 ounces) Granulated Sugar
  • 5 tablespoons (75 mL) Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1 Large Egg, Beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups (300 mL) 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)
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. I've pressed my mixture into spoons.

For Nanaimo Bars — Middle Layer
  • 1/2 cup (115 g) (4 ounces) Unsalted Butter
  • 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons (40 mL) Heavy Cream
  • 2 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
Cream butter, cream, custard powder, and icing sugar together well. Beat until light in colour. Spread over bottom layer.

For Nanaimo Bars — Top Layer
  • 4 ounces (115 g) Semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons (28 g) (1 ounce) Unsalted Butter

Melt chocolate and unsalted butter over low heat. Cool. Once cool, pour over middle layer and chill.

Here they are: the spoons ready to be eaten! I had some graham crackers crumbs left so I’ve sprinkle them on top.

I’ve also made some real Nanaimo Bars, just so I could eat a real one. The bars were nice, but the spoons were so much funnier!

Open your mouth! And go check the other Daring Bakers!

60 comments:

Gala said...

Love that idea! Making spoonfuls of nanaimo bars. :)

Anonymous said...

I love how you made your Nanaimo bars on a spoon! What a great idea, so creative! Well done!

Bob said...

Man, I've been wanting to make nanaimo bars ever since I saw Mighty Wind. Looks wicked good!

Ingrid said...

Niiiiice!

One of my sons saw your photos and said your spoons were cool. He also gave me the "can you make that Mom?" look. LOL, great now the pressure's on. :)
~ingrid

chef_d said...

cute little graham feet! and those nanaimo spoons are so clever :)

Lauren said...

Feet and spoons! I never know what to expect! You always have such creative twists. Fantastic job on my challenge =D.

Karen @ Citrus and Candy said...

Cute idea and for something so sweet, it's the perfect serving size :)

Marcellina said...

Your graham feet make me smile but your spoons make me hungry! Yum. Great idea.

Sharon said...

What a beautiful dessert perfect for a party! I love your creativity.

Katrina said...

I made Nanaimo bars once 3-4 years ago. Mmmm! But I certainly didn't make perfect bite-sized one on a spoon! You brilliant, Lady, you!

Cakebrain said...

I can't believe you made Nanaimo Bars! You know, Nanaimo is on Vancouver Island, which is a hop and a skip from Vancouver. I didn't think people anywhere else would know about these delights! Great idea with the spoons!

anjelikuh said...

what a great idea to make them in spoons! That's just the perfect size, i found bars to be too much and too heavy to finish at once. You did a wonderful job on the challenge!

s said...

what fun..super cute!and very clever.

Wic said...

delicious and creative as always.
amazing job on this months challenge.

Deeba PAB said...

You bring this huge SMILE to my face...fabulous work. I would love to have a Nanaimo spoon. YUM!!

Chou said...

The cookie feet are my favorite. Great take on the bar!

Fabi said...

I love your Graham feet and your Nanaimo spoons.
Excellente job!
Cheers from Spain.

oneordinaryday said...

Oh my gosh, you are so clever and creative. I just love them!!

Gloria said...

Clumbsy this look absolutely amazing, Never se ethese before I want an spponfuls please!!!!! huggs!! gloria

Pontch said...

OMG
This is such a cute idea
mini size deserts
looks amazing
great job!!!

Eliana said...

I've never heard of this either but it sounds so interesting and looks so delicious.

ap269 said...

How did you come with this spoon idea???? It's so funny. And the nanaimo bar looks fantastic, too.

Suzana said...

Ok, estou de boca aberta! Onde é que está a minha colher? Muito fixe, gosto muito da ideia, para além que a substância das ditas barras obriga a comê-las em pequenas quantidades.

Bj*

Leslie said...

you are so damn creative with the spoon idea!

Sarah said...

They look fantastic! What a great idea!

Zita said...

How many spoon do you have? ;) Another fungky idea of yours spoons and feet ... deliciously crazy :)

The Blonde Duck said...

I love those!

And I would be the first 50s blogger ever...

Lisa W. said...

How clever! I love your concept. And the execution is perfection!

laviana ( Fely) said...

me dejas impresionada guapa....que rica receta y que original!! cuando me decida hacerla. Seguro que te aviso.
Bexinos.

Chef Aimee said...

I fear if I had these in front of me I would have a spoon stuck in my mouth all day. ;)

Rachel said...

Like always you do something wonderfully different. And I love it.

morgana said...

¡¡¡ Me encantan !!! Después de tanta barrita es refrescante ver tus cucharas, me han encantado. Además así puedes rechupetear todas las miguillas a placer ¡¡ y sin mancharte las manos !!

Eres genial.

Y said...

Spoooooons! Anything on spoons has got to taste good, especially if it's made by you :)

fairy_mi said...

What a brilliant idea-
These Nanaimo spoons are soooo adorable!
What a great version for the Canadian bars
Love the presentation
and the making of pictures are fabulous.
Great job!
Inbal
(also a DB)

kitchenoperas said...

Oooh, yumm. The spoons are SUCH a great idea!!

And your feet-cookies are adorable. Now I need a foot-cutter!!!

kristenly said...

both the spoons and the feet turned out great! i think that you're going to have to change your name from clumsy cookie to clever cookie! :-)

Parigote said...

The spoons are such a good idea ! It's the perfect size to eat !

Dolce said...

I love the idea of spoons instead of bars... But... isn't that even more tempting? To eat one... and another one... and another one... ?

msmeanie said...

What an awesome idea! Very creative. Your spoons look delicious!

CookiePie said...

Love the spoonful idea! So yummy!

Jill @ Jillicious Discoveries said...

Great idea with the spoons--especially since they are so rich--it's the perfect amount! :)

Lisa said...

A spoonful of Nanaimo is all you need, because they're so sweet! Awesome, and so creative!

Barbara said...

Those are sooooo adorable! The Daring Bakers are fun to follow but you have them all beat this time!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Very clever presentation, but I think I might be a little upset if all I got was a spoonful of that dessert. ;-D

pigpigscorner said...

That's such a great idea! well done!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Oh my goodness--drool! I have never made these kind of bars before, but I must put them on my list!!

Aparna said...

So you did it once again. What a perfect way to ensure bite-sized Nanaimos. Hats off to you.

Sara said...

Love the idea of doing this in spoons...they're so rich it seems like the perfect portion control. (Also love the foot-shaped grahams!) :)

Cookie is my hero! said...

OMG! I honestly do not think that I would be able to stop at one.. *drools*

Jenny Tan said...

cool idea esp for a rich dessert like this one!

Juliana said...

Wow, so creative :-) Nanaimo spoons, what a fun way to serve the bars! Look delicious!

Emily said...

Cute, cute, cute! You are awesome!

cookies and cups said...

very cool! I am sure I could eat no less than 10 of those spoons!
Neat idea :)

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Hahaha I lovee this idea! The spoons, as well as the bars look delicious :)

Suzanne said...

I've never had one either, but they sure look good!

Peabody said...

That was a seriously awesome idea. Way to stand out in the sea of Nanaimo bars.

linda said...

Love the little Graham feet :)
And as usual you have one of the original presentations of the DB challenge, great job!

Maris said...

Love this version of portion control! And yummm homemade graham crackers!

Sam Kathryn said...

This is soooooo clever. I love the idea of using spoons. Anything bite sized is perfect!

vickys said...

I love the look of those! I highly doubt 1 spoon will be enough for me!