Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Strawberry Baked Alaska

A Baked Alaska is perfect when you want to have some baking excitement in the kitchen!  A dome of ice cream sits on a sponge cake which is encased in a layer of marshmallow-y meringue before being baked in the oven!  It's the ultimate warm frozen dessert and is sure to wow your guests!   In this instance strawberry ice cream and sponge is used. 

How to make Baked Alaska - Strawberry sponge, topped with strawberry ice cream and encased in a marshmallow-y meringue before being baked in a relatively hot oven!  The ultimate warm frozen dessert!

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You may think that Baked Alaska recipes are only for the foolhardy or those feeling brave.  Really brave.   After all, who in their right mind puts ice cream into a relatively hot oven?

But if you keep on reading, and trust me, you'll soon realise that you can confidently serve this warm frozen dessert to your guests for them to gasp and marvel at!

How to make Baked Alaska - Strawberry sponge, topped with strawberry ice cream and encased in a marshmallow-y meringue before being baked in a relatively hot oven!  The ultimate warm frozen dessert!

Ready to trust me?

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Strawberry Ice Cream is the perfect refreshing dessert for warm summer days.  It's packed with seasonal strawberries, and it's the perfect frozen dessert to be enjoyed on its own, drizzled with chocolate sauce, or even served alongside other desserts! 

Homemande Strawberry Ice Cream

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We all know how good strawberries and cream are together, so what's better than a scoop or two of strawberry ice cream....perhaps homemade strawberry ice cream.

Or even a homemade strawberry ice cream drizzled with a luxurious chocolate sauce!

Homemande Strawberry Ice Cream drizzled with chocolate sauce

I can imagine that it'd be amazing accompanying our strawberry & basil upside down cake.

Homemande Strawberry Ice Cream would be the perfect accompniment for a strawberry cake

As well as being the perfect centre for a strawberry baked Alaska

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream is also the perfect choice for a baked Alaska

Strawberry ice cream is really easy to make with a handful of everyday ingredients.   We're just talking of eggs, milk, cream, sugar and of course strawberries!   There's no fancy unpronounceable ingredients, or those referenced with an E-number, in homemade ice cream.

And of course by making your own ice cream you're able to custom it to your own preferences.  If you like to see chunks of strawberries in your strawberry ice cream - consider it done.  Likewise, blitz the strawberries for longer if you fancy it completely smooth. 

Monday, 10 July 2017

Cherry Clafoutis Tarts

Cherry Clafoutis is a pretty special dessert being pack with seasonal cherries surrounded by a set custard.  It's quick and ridiculously easy to make.  But why not pimp up the classic French dessert and take it to the next level with this recipe for individual Cherry Clafoutis Tarts!  Wonderful served slightly warm with ice cream or cream!

How to make Cherry Clafoutis Tarts, a twist on the traditional  French dessert.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Minion Cupcakes + how to video!

Let your imagination go wild when making these fun Minion themed cupcakes!  They're easy to make, requiring no sculpting or hand shaping and are perfect for a child's party or charity bake sale.  I've used a vanilla cupcake and buttercream frosting to support our minion cake toppers, though feel free to use your favourite recipe!
How to make fun Minion themed cupcake toppers with fondant

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Strawberry Yogurt Lollies

These homemade strawberry yogurt lollies are super refreshing and a doddle to make.  In fact it's a great child friendly recipe (though some supervision may be needed depending upon the age and skill of the child).  Containing fresh strawberries, yogurt and just a small amount of added refined sugar, these homemade popsicles are a great guilt free summer time treat.

How to make homemade strawberry yogurt lollies, with just a few basic ingredients.

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I apologise, the break in the recent heatwave which was being enjoyed by many here in the UK is down to me making our refreshing and tasty homemade Strawberry Yogurt Lollies!  It was almost like doing a little rain-dance!  I'm really not a fan of baking hot days.  Having a so-called English rose complexion of pale skin and blue eyes usually means I try to avoid being out in the hottest part of the day, in fact it has been known for me to spend far longer than usual down the freezer and chillier aisles in the supermarkets when the weather hots up!   

Of course ice cream and ice lollies are a great summer time treat for keeping cool too!  These homemade strawberry ice lollies were just what I needed last week.  Being made with yogurt does mean that these homemade strawberry lollies aren't as creamy as an ice cream, but depending upon your point of view that could be a good thing - after all there's fewer calories in yogurt than cream for a start!  As well as being super refreshing and tasty, they contain real fruit pieces and just a small amount of added refined sugar meaning that I can enjoy one without feeling guilty about it.  

Thursday, 22 June 2017

19 Perfect Picnic Recipes

Check out this collection of 19 vegetarian picnic foods.  These recipes are sure to provide you with  great inspiration for your next family picnic this summer!

19 vegetarian picnic recipe ideas, all are easy to make, package up and transport to a beautiful countryside location

If you've been on social media these past few days I'm sure you will have noticed that it's National Picnic Week here in the UK this week (16th - 25th June).  Given the glorious weather of late, it seemed churlish not to gather together my wonderful foodie blogging pals to share with you a mouth watering collection of vegetarian picnic recipe ideas!

Now, although National Picnic Week was the prompt for this collection, picnics are of course a great family activity throughout late spring, summer and even into autumn.  Though I do draw the line at eating alfresco in the throws of winter!  Packing up some delicious food together and then going for a walk to build up an appetite before settling to eat in your favourite countryside spot is surely what beautiful summer days are about!

So if you're planning a picnic and are looking for some inspiration for easy, tasty and transportable picnic food - which also happens to be vegetarian - then cast your eyes over these!  If any recipe catches your eye my blogging pals would love it if you clicked the green title text for a read!


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Coffee & Walnut Chocolate Brownie

These coffee & walnut brownies are soft, squidgy and punctuated with healthy walnuts.  The classic flavour combination is teamed with lots of delicious chocolate in this brownie recipe.  They're the perfect bake when time is limited and the comfort of chocolate is needed.

How to make Coffee and walnut chocolate brownies, a quite and easy bake

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What's a girl to do when time is of a premium but a therapeutic baking session is needed?  Make brownies of course!

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Homemade Coffee Cream Chocolates

Filled with a coffee flavoured chocolate ganache, these Coffee Cream Chocolates pack a punch!  They're the perfect homemade gift for any coffee lover!

How to make homemade coffee flavoured chocolates, a great confectionary making the perfect  gift for coffee lovers

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Now that Father's Day is just around the corner here in the UK, thoughts in the Only Crumbs Remain kitchen have largely centred around what to treat my Dad with this year.  In previous years we've made him a Bavarian Slice, homemade Fig Rolls, and even a scrummy chocolate & cherry cake which I really need to share here. 

Knowing how much Dad enjoys coffee centred chocolates it was the perfect opportunity to hone my chocolate tempering skills.  Now, I have to admit that these chocolates weren't exactly perfect, but I had great fun in practicing!  Well, we are talking chocolate!  Despite their small flaws they were thoroughly enjoyed, being as nice if not nicer than the mass produced confectionary bought in shops.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Raspberry & White Chocolate Tarts

This recipe for raspberry & white chocolate tarts has a white chocolate ganache draped invitingly over the fruit, & the classic flavour combination is finished with a sprinkling of freeze dried raspberries.  They're as delicious as they are aesthetically pleasing.     

How to make a raspberry fruit tart.

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Don't you just love how chocolate can drapes seductively over bakes, completely transforming them from being run of the mill nice to something totally irresistible?  It doesn't seem to matter whether the chocolate is drizzled over a buttercream frosting, ice cream, or even fruit, chocolate really does have the right properties to caress the food beneath resulting in something incredibly sexy and inviting.

I finally realised how aesthetically wonderful chocolate can be (I already know how amazing chocolate is in the taste department 😉) whilst making these Strawberry Cupcakes a couple of weeks ago.  There was such a difference in the cupcakes between plonking the strawberry onto the buttercream frosting to drizzling a little dark chocolate ganache over the top!  The chocolate completely transformed those simple summery cupcakes.  

Strawberry Cupcakes with a dark chocolate ganache drizzle