Sunday, 18 March 2018

How to make Easter Eggs

It's pretty easy to make your own Easter Eggs at home.  As well as being lots of yummy fun, it's the perfect way to customise them with your favourite confectionery.

Homemade chocolate Easter egg.

With the range of chocolate Easter eggs available in our local shops, stacked from floor to ceiling, I think it's fair to say that chocolate is a key ingredient as part of our Easter celebrations!  There's an awful lot of choice available starting with the ever popular Cadbury Mini eggs, through to large eggs with fancy decorations and jaw dropping price tags.

Chocolate Easter treats

But have you ever wondered how to make your own an Easter egg?

Well, it's pretty simple!

Of course by making homemade Easter eggs you're not only saving a few pounds, but you're able to customise them exactly how you want.  If you love marshmallows, then why not fill the egg with marshmallow cubes; a delicious centre of homemade fudge pieces would also make a great treat too.  As for the exterior of the egg, you can of course leave your chocolate Easter egg plain and unadulterated, like ours, though a drizzle of contrasting melted chocolate flicked to and fro would look very 'artistic'.   Alternatively, affixing some sugar flowers (which can be bought in the baking section of larger supermarkets) onto the shell with some royal icing or melted chocolate would look particularly pretty.  Or why not simply pipe the name of the recipient onto the chocolate shell - which would hopefully prevent squabbles between youngsters!

Chocolate Easter eggs filled with mini eggs and Malteser chocolate rabbits


Monday, 12 March 2018

Easter Chick Cupcakes with video tutorial

These fun Easter Chick Cupcakes are as easy to make as they are effective.  They're bright and cheerful perfect for a bake sale or Easter party.  The video tutotial further down the page takes you through the process step by step.

How to make Easter Chick Cupcakes

With Easter hurtling towards us at a great rate of knots today I'm sharing with you my first Easter bake of the year with these super cute Easter Chick Cupcakes which are really easy to create - and lots of fun too!  Our decorated Easter cupcakes are off the scale cute - if I do say so myself - with their dinky wings and fluffy feathers to top their head!

Decorated cupcake recipe for Easter

Character cupcakes, like these Easter themed ones, always bring a smile to people's face.  Although they do take a little longer to decorate than those finished with a piped swirl of frosting, that extra time is definitely worth the effort.  I can imagine these flying off (though not literally) a charity bake sale table as well as being the perfect addition to an Easter party!

Easter cupcake tutorial


Thursday, 8 March 2018

Vegetarian Meat & Potato Pies

Made with hot water crust pastry, these vegetarian meat & potato pies are pure comfort food.  They make a delicious, yet humble, meal served with a few vegetables.  

How to make a Vegetarian version of Meat & Potato Pies

With British Pie Week in full swing here in the UK, it would be remiss of me not to share a pie recipe here in Only Crumbs Remain.

In fact, to throw the cat amongst the pigeons, today I'm shaking things up a little by sharing a savoury pie recipe rather than a dessert which is usually the norm!  As they say a change is as good as a rest, but if you fancy a dessert pie, or tart, as well how about checking out our Blackberry & Pear Lattice Crust Pie, this classic Pear and Almond Tart with its delicious frangipane filling, or even our Bilberry & Custard Crumble Tart, which would be just as delicious made with blueberries instead.

Blackberry & Pear Lattice Crust Pie Pear and Almond Tart Bilberry & Custard Crumble Tart

Coming back to our Vegetarian version of Meat & Potato pie.

Vegetarian hot water crust pies

These individual vegetarian pies made a delicious and filling evening meal for Mr E & I earlier this week served with a few peas and carrots.  It's a pretty humble sort of pie, after all there's nothing fancy about it having been filled with a simple mixture of quorn mince and diced potatoes, but what it lacks in pizazz it makes up for in comfort.  And with the sort of weather we've been having of late comforting food is what we often need!


Thursday, 1 March 2018

Baking Crumbs - March 2018

 Welcome to March's #BakingCrumbs linky!  This is the place for bloggers to share their baking recipes, and non-bloggers to find new ideas to whet their appetite.  This post contains a full round up of February's bakes where I also highlight what I recreated from the recipes linked up!   

February Baking Crumbs

Febuary's #BakingCrumbs linky saw 29 wonderful recipes shared to provide inspiration, and generally drool over, from a showstopper cake to easy cookie recipes as well as seasonal ideas with pancakes and Valentine's day treats, and loads more besides! 

Of course, although Shrove Tuesday (pancake Tuesday) and Valentine's Day have been & gone for the year, pancakes still make a great weekend breakfast and of course the Valentine's Day bakes are waiting for you to pin them ready for next year's inspiration!  So, if you're tempted by any of the recipes below simply click on the recipe title in green to find out more.  You can also check out about the bakes linked up this month by clicking on the thumbnail images towards the bottom of the post.

And if you're curious to learn what we re-created in the Only Crumbs Remain kitchen from all of the bakes linked up in February do keep reading and all will be revealed - I'm sure you'll love it as much as we did, it's an absolute belter!

4 Everyday Cakes


Everyday Cakes
(Clockwise from top left)
  • Upside down cakes are super easy and incredibly effective - and of course really yummy too just like this Blood Orange & Chocolate Cake that I whipped up recently.
  • If you have a few pears lurking in the fruit bowl, how about using them in Rebecca's Chocolate and Pear Cake, which, being flour-less, is naturally gluten free.   
  • This easy to make upside down Rhubarb & Ginger Cake, from me at Only Crumbs Remain, is lightly spiced and gently warming.  It makes great use of seasonal forced rhubarb which marries well with the ginger.   
  • Chocolate cake in all of its guises is a winner with most people - just like this easy Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake from Louise over at Cooking with Kids. 

1 Showstopper Cake


Showstopper cake
  • If you're a fan of cookies & cream ice cream then you need to check out Kat's showstopper of a cake - Cookies and Cream Oreo Drip Cake.  Her picture says it all!   What are you waiting for?!


Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Salted Caramel Millionaire's Fudge

This Salted Caramel Millionaire's Fudge recipe is inspired by the popular Millionaire's Shortbread.  Replacing the shortbread is a layer of dark rich fudge, topped with salted caramel, and finished with a layer of semi dark chocolate.  

How to make Salted Caramel Millionaire's Fudge

Fudge is all about sweet indulgence!  This Salted Caramel Millionaire's Fudge recipe takes that indulgence to the max with its multiple layers of fudge, salted caramel and chocolate!  It's the ultimate in fudge heaven, and perfect for sharing on those special occasions (assuming you can bear to part from it!)    

Salted Caramel Millionaire's Fudge recipe

I mean, just check out those layers:  A rich dark indulgent fudge.  A generous layer of salted caramel.  And a layer of semi dark chocolate ganache to temper the sweetness!  And being a Millionaire's Fudge it would surely be rude not to finish it with a dusting of edible gold glitter as well as gold star sprinkles!

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Rhubarb & Ginger Cake

This Rhubarb & Ginger Cake is a version of the popular upside down cake.  It is a lightly spiced cake which is easy to make.  It makes great use of seasonal forced rhubarb which marries well with warming ginger.         

Rhubarb and Ginger Cake recipe

If you're after an easy cake recipe to offer family and friends as a mid-week treat, then look no further - an Upside Down Cake could just be what you need!

Not only are they undoubtedly yummy,  they're also incredibly versatile and pretty, make great use of seasonal fruit, and are incredibly easy to make and yet they are an everyday showstopper type of cake with the anticipation of discovering the final appearance of the cake once it is turned over and the tin removed.   Every time I make an upside down cake, whether it's with strawberries, raspberries, foraged bilberries, oranges or this rhubarb and ginger version, I can't wait to reveal the cake in all its colourful and aromatic splendour. (If one of the four cakes below catches your eye, which have been taken from the Only Crumbs Remain recipe index, simply click the image to be taken to the recipe).

This flavoursome and aromatic strawberry & basil upside-down cake is easy to make.  The colourful pink strawberries, cooked with the cake, negates the need for any frostings.   Essentially an upside-down cake recipe, this Raspberry & White Chocolate Traybake Cake tastes amazing.  The beautiful slightly sharp raspberries balance well against the sweet creaminess of the white chocolate, which can be found both drizzled over the raspberries and in the sponge cake.   Upside-down cake recipes make for an interesting everyday cake.  They are incredibly easy to make and are great for an impromptu bake resulting in a great addition to an afternoon tea, with no need for any frosting allowing the fruit to create the interest.   This bilberry upside-down cake makes great use of foraged berries with additional flavour coming from the ground almonds and a touch of lemon zest.     This upside down cake recipe is perfect for those who love the chocolate-orange flavour pairing.  Upside down cakes make the most of seasonal fruit, showcasing them to the max.  Although the recipe lists blood oranges, it would work equally well with navel oranges at other times of the year, meaning that you can enjoy this easy, pretty and delicious cake any time you want.

What more can you ask from an everyday cake?  

Shunning the fear of being typecast as the 'Queen of Upside Down Cakes', today I'm sharing with you yet another flavour combination that you could use in an Upside Down Cake (I promise it'll be the last one for a while 😀).

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Double Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

These Double Chocolate Orange Cupcakes are a chocoholics dream!  With real chocolate in both the sponge and the buttercream, and finished with an oven-dried slice of orange you'll soon be making another batch of these yummy cupcakes. 

Double Cocolate Orange Cupcakes finished with an oven-dried slice of orange.

If there's a way to improve a double chocolate cupcake it surely has to be with the addition of orange to make Double Chocolate Orange Cupcakes!

These little beauties definitely taste as good as they look with real chocolate used in both the cupcake batter and buttercream frosting, along with a drop or two of orange extract to enhance the chocolate flavour.

Double Cocolate Orange Cupcakes containing real chocolate.

The use of real chocolate in these Double Chocolate Orange Cupcakes plays an important role.  It helps to keep the cupcakes moist (cakes often turn out dry when cocoa powder alone is used) and the chocolate buttercream frosting super silky.  And of course lets not forget about how delicious actual chocolate is!

The crowning glory, perched within the silky chocolate buttercream frosting, is a slice of oven dried orange. Their presence is two fold.  Not only does it add to the cupcakes' aesthetics making them incredibly inviting and eye catching, but as they're completely edible (assuming there are no pips in the slices!), they add a wonderful concentrated hit of real orange flavour. 


Saturday, 10 February 2018

Chocolate Caramel Fudge

This decadent Chocolate Caramel Fudge recipe is a must try! Caramel is rippled into the traditionally made fudge before being coated with a semi dark chocolate and finished with sprinkles! 

How to make Chocolate Caramel Fudge

Imagine sinking your teeth into a piece of dark rich fudge, with pockets of caramel, the sweetness countered with a layer of semi dark chocolate!  Well, that's what you get with this homemade Chocolate Caramel Fudge recipe!   

Just look at those dribbles of caramel oozing from the cubes of decadent fudge!  Who could resist a piece, or two, of firm fudge with pockets of sweet smooth caramel!

Homemade traditional fudge


Sunday, 4 February 2018

Homemade Raspberry Cream White Chocolates

These homemade chocolates are a real treat!  The tempered white chocolate shell is filled with a raspberry cream ganache which is a pretty shade of pink and works well with the sweet white chocolate.  With a detailed recipe method, these handmade chocolates have a wonderful snap and shine, and are perfect for Valentine's Day, as well as other occasions like Mother's Day, as a birthday or Christmas gift, or a thank you to someone special.

How to make raspberry cream white chocolates, with a tempered white chocolate shell and filled with a raspberry cream ganache.

Valentine's Day is creeping upon us, and with that comes romance, flowers, champagne and of course chocolates. Lots of chocolates!

Allow me to introduce you to our Homemade Raspberry Cream White Chocolates recipe, which produces a delicious chocolate with a popular flavour paring.  They have a wonderful creamy white chocolate shell complete with a lovely shine and snap, and are filled with an easy to make raspberry cream ganache

Handmade white chocolates with a raspberry filling

Homemade chocolates are so much more special than a mass produced box of sweets which can be easily picked up from a high street shop or the local supermarket.   There's a lot of love which goes into making some homemade chocolates, far more than the identical sweets born on a mechanised production line.  I'm sure your loved one would be over the moon if you were to go to the effort of tempering some chocolate to make some.