Now, before I get started here, I must make it clear that I have not been sponsored by Nestle to endorse Caramac – I just love the bloody stuff!
When I discovered that they were launching Caramac buttons – I gorged myself after finding them in Poundland of all places. I posted the buttons on the Cakeyboi Facebook page and they sort of went viral! I think Nestle may be on to a winner here!
I wanted to bake with the buttons and I hit upon Caramac and apple cupcakes. Sounds sort of like caramel apples doesn’t it? I had made a couple of cupcake recipes recently however and wondered what else I could flavour Caramac and apple.
Then I remembered trying flavoured Nanaimo bars at last year’s Food Blogger Connect conference. Nanaimo bars are traditionally a biscuit crust, a layer of custardy buttercream type filling and topped with chocolate. I made a variation myself after returning from FBC, Speculaas Nanaimo Bars – have a look.
I thought that Caramac and apple would work well in a Nanaimo bar, but how to get apple flavour into the delicious traditional Canadian treat?
I decided to use some apple juice concentrate and some dried apple, boiling them down into a syrup. This was quite potent stuff and only a tablespoon was require to get the tart apple flavour into my custard part of the bar. The Caramac needless to say was used to top the bars. And thus, we have Caramac Apple Nanaimo Bars.