Google+ That Flour Child: December 2014

December 15, 2014

Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo bars were seriously hands down my favourite dessert growing up.  This was back when Tim Hortons sold them and I would beg my mom for one whenever we went through the drive through.  I always remember begging my mother to make them for me when Tim Horton's stopped selling them. She tried a couple different recipes (as well as one from a box) and although I love her for trying, to me it just wasn't the same.

I even have memories of dreaming up a Nanaimo Bar Ice Cream flavour to enter in a contest, which now I may just have to bring to life.  It featured butter cream ice cream (the yellow layer) with chocolate swirls and crackle (the top layer) and cookie crumble (the bottom layer).

Regardless I finally found an amazing recipe and of course its from Averie Cooks.

You will need:

  • 1 1/4 cups butter (2.5 sticks)
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

Start by preparing an 8x8 pan by lining it with aluminium foil and spraying with cooking spray.

For the base: In a saucepan over low heat, melt 1/2 cup butter.  Remove pan from heat and stir in granulated sugar, cocoa powder.  Add in the egg and return the pan to low heat for about 90 seconds to evenly cook the egg (this mixture will get pretty thick).  Remove from heat and add graham cracker crumbs, coconut flakes and almonds.  Press into bottom of prepared pan.

For the middle: In stand mixer, cream 1/2 cup butter until light and fluffy.  Beat in icing sugar, add cream and vanilla extract.  Spread over base layer in prepared pan.

For the top:  In microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and 1/4 cup butter.  Melt in microwave at 20 second increments until smooth.  Spread over buttercream layer carefully and place pan into fridge for minimum 4 hours.

What was your favourite treat growing up?

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December 1, 2014

Macaron Attempt

I finally faced my fears and gave making macarons a try.  I was absolutely thrilled when they came out of the oven with FEET!!!! Sifting and measuring out all the ingredients it a little labor intensive, but I think it is definitely worth it!

I used this tutorial from Kevin & Amanda because it shows you how to colour them and everything if you wish to do so.  I read so many tips and tricks before starting though so I sort of felt like I was doing all I could to make sure they would turn out successful.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with how they turned out and I am excited to give it another go, trying some  more interesting flavour combinations (just might get my boyfriend to sift everything for me this time).

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