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.
Ok first of all, a thousand apologies, especially to the fabulous Lauren of Celiac Teen (our gracious host) for not giving this month’s challenge the full attention it deserved. I so didn’t realised how late in the month it really was so I failed to finish the second part of the challenge. BIG OOPS!
Allow me to fire off the excuses in quick succession: post-New-Year-mayhem, the lack of mood to use the oven due to constant scorching hot and humid days (my bad) and a month full of social engagements (double bad). And just my luck… on the final day that I could’ve churned out a complete Nanaimo Bar, it was a public holiday (Happy Australia Day!) and I happened to fall sick.
What I did complete was part one of the challenge – Graham Wafers, which I did early in the month (see? I had good intentions!). Us down here in Oz are use to seeing these biscuits in a lot of North American and Canadian recipes but they don’t exist here. So our usual alternative were always Digestives or any Armotts branded sweet, plain cookies. So I was happy that I was finally going to have my first taste of these much-loved cookies.
Either way, these crackers tasted damn good. But then again, it isn’t very hard to get me happy if honey and brown sugar are involved! In any case, part 2 was suppose to be using these wafers to make the Canadian favourite Nanaimo Bars. Instead I found myself polishing off a whole tin of Graham Wafers all by my lonesome with a glass of milk, lamenting on what things could’ve been. Ah well, I’ll do better next month, promise.