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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Pear & Almond Tart

With a classic flavour combination, this Pear and Almond Tart not only looks inviting but also tastes amazing.  This frangipane tart, which was glazed with a little apricot jam to produce a wonderful sheen to the bake, was made to mark #BakeACakeForBowelCancerAwarenessMonth.

Pear and Almond Tart recipe

Cancer.  It's a word which conjures fear and dread in the vast majority of us.  Being a disease which can affect any part of our body, it's something which most of us will be familiar with, either having experienced it ourselves or through having a family member or friend who's been affected by it.

Now, I don't often talk about melancholic subjects here on Only Crumbs Remain, after all it is a baking blog.  But when I learnt that April is Be a Star, Bake a Cake for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month I knew instantly that I wanted to embrace it here on the blog.

It's the fourth most common cancer in the UK (and the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK) with over 41,000 people being diagnosed with it each year.   That's 1 in 14 men, and 1 in 19 women. (Information from Bowel Cancer UK).

One of those people was my dad.

17 years ago, back in spring of 2000, we received the news nobody wants to hear.  Dad needed major surgery and 6 months of chemo.  It was a difficult time for all of us, but especially for dad, clearly.  But due to the fantastic skill of the surgeons, oncologists, strength of body (he was only in his early 50's at the time) and mind and a lot of TLC, he came through it.

Happily he's still with us to tell the tale.     
  
How to make a classic pear and almond tart

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Coffee & Walnut Fudge

This homemade Coffee & Walnut Fudge recipe is far from shy and retiring.  It's robust, packed with flavour, and the coffee flavour cuts through the sweetness of the confectionery beautifully.  It's a great alternative fudge flavour! 

Coffee and Walnut Fudge Recipe

I think it's fair to say that I've gone slightly fudge mad in recent months!   There's been quite a foray into the world of homemade fudge here in the Only Crumbs Remain kitchen.

And why not when it tastes oh so good, is relatively easy to make and lends it's self incredibly well to being the carrier for a host of different flavour combinations.  And if that wasn't enough, let me tell you that friends and family will be your bestest friends ever (bestest ever I tell you ๐Ÿ˜‰) when you share your creation ..... that's assuming you're prepared to share!

How to make Coffee and Walnut Fudge

Just last week another batch was sliced into with Mr E commenting how much more flavoursome it is than shop bought fudge. I openly admit that I used to love treating myself to the occasional bag of shop bought mass produced fudge.  Invariably I would opt for a vanilla fudge, and yes that shop bought fudge was nice.   But since making our own we can honestly say that homemade fudge is far far tastier than the mass produced stuff.

Homemade fudge carries so much flavour!  And this homemade Coffee and Walnut Fudge is definitely no exception.

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Side-by-Side Baking - Meringues

If you've ever wondered if  frozen egg whites produce a better meringue than a fresh, or even pasteurised one, then keep on reading.  In this side-by-side comparison bake I look at meringues, comparing egg whites in four different states to determine if one is better than the other.

A meringue baking comparison, looking at fresh, frozen and pasturised egg whites.

Regulars to Only Crumbs Remain may recall our Rhubarb and Custard Genoise Cake, I know we recall it not least because it was absolutely delicious!  With the numerous egg whites left over from the creme patisserie, meringues seemed to be a bake not far on the horizon.  However, being a little short of time, and conscious that we had a wonderful cake to keep our sweet tooth happy, the egg whites were popped into the freezer for another day.
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Sunday, 9 April 2017

Raspberry & White Chocolate Meringue Kisses

These Raspberry & White Chocolate Meringue Kisses are as delicious as they are pretty, combining a popular flavour combination which works so well accompanied with meringues.      
   
Raspberry & White Chocolate Meringue Kisses recipe, perfect for a summer party.

These pretty little raspberry & white chocolate meringue kisses came about after carrying out a side-by-side-baking comparison this past week.  The four way look at meringues left me with masses of meringue kisses, which I clearly needed to use in some way.

The dainty shape of these meringues certainly lent themselves to being combined with some good flavours as well as a feminine and girlie colour.  And surely there's no colour more girlie than pink! 

A handful of a few fresh raspberries crushed into some whipped double cream created the perfect shade of pink for sandwiching together these lovely meringue kisses.  And the white chocolate not only complemented the raspberries perfectly, but also helped to protect the meringues from spoiling quickly from the moisture of the raspberry flavoured cream.  

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Saturday, 1 April 2017

Double Chocolate Fudge with Mini Eggs

This Double Chocolate Fudge recipe produces a delicious melt in the mouth confectionery.  The addition of mini eggs not only makes it a perfect recipe for Easter treats, but also introduces a fun pop of colour and a wonderful contrast in texture.  Keep reading too for top visual clues when making fudge without a sugar thermometer.

Double Chocolate Fudge with Mini Eggs recipe

Ooh how I wish I could bring you smelly vision where this Double Chocolate fudge is concerned!  The aroma of chocolate filtering through the house whilst this fudge bubbles away, and for a number of hours afterwards, is delightful.

Of course the highlight of this Double Chocolate Fudge with mini eggs doesn't end there!  It gives a wonderful melt in the mouth experience and the mini eggs bring a great contrast of texture too.  If you love homemade fudge, trust me, you'll love this one.  It's sheer bliss!
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Monday, 27 March 2017

38 Easter Bakes, The Ultimate Collection!

The ultimate collection of 38 Easter bakes, from traditional Easter treats like hot cross buns, and Simnel cake through to fun Easter themed cupcakes and plenty of ways to use up left over Easter chocolate.

38 Easter Bakes, containing traditional Simnel cake & hot cross buns, through to fun Easter themed cupcakes, free-from Easter recipes and ideas to use up left over Easter chocolate


As Easter is fast approaching you may be looking for some Easter bake inspiration.  With the help of a fabulous group of top food bloggers, I can bring you 38 amazing Easter recipes.  Here we have everything from traditional Easter bakes like Simnel cake and hot cross buns, through to tips for making your own Easter eggs and ideas for using up any left over Easter chocolate.  And if you're catering for those with allergies there is a delicious selection of free-from Easter recipes to whet your appetite, from gluten-free, to lactose-free and even sugar-free!

So with a huge thankyou to my blogging friends for allowing me to share this ultimate collection of Easter bakes with you, lets check them out!







  38 Easter Bakes

 


~  Showstopper Easter Cakes  ~ 

 

 


A Showstopping Easter cake, Malteser MaltEaster Bunny & Mini Egg Chocolate Cake

This cake has serious 'wow' factor! It's the perfect Easter showstopper cake if you were hosting a party.  Though you could, of course,  make it just because..!   Jenny not only tells us this cake is perfect for those who love Easter and the chocolate which comes with it, but she also shares a 'how to' video alongside her recipe demonstrating how easy this Easter showstopper cake is to assemble.  The difficult part would be ensuring the children (big and small) didn't eat the mini eggs before it was finished!

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Easter Bunny Butt Cupcakes

These Easter & springtime themed cupcakes are so much fun!  They're surprisingly easy to make and would be perfect for children's parties, family get togethers and charity bake sales.

How to make Easter Bunny Butt Cupcakes

I'm sure Easter Bunny Butt Cupcakes need no real introduction.  With the cute fondant bunny butt poking through the buttercream grass and pretty flowers they shout out Easter and springtime loud and clear.

Ever since successfully making our fondant Christmas characters, a few short months ago, I've wanted to make these cute fondant bunny butt cupcakes which I see all over Pinterest at this time of year!  A recent journey over the Pennine hills to Lancashire to visit Mr E's side of the family was the perfect excuse to get creative. 

Easter Bunny Butt Cupcakes are perfect for springtime parties!

Creating fondant characters is, believe it or not, new to me having had my first dabble leading up to Christmas with our snowman, choir boy, penguin and Santa cake toppers.

Despite the detail in our Easter themed cupcakes, the fondant bunny is actually relatively easy to achieve as most of the shapes are merely balls of fondant of varying sizes.  The body, fluffy tail, and pink pads on the over sized feet are just balls of fondant. Even those bunny feet started off life as a ball!  Hopefully you will see the basic component parts with the images.
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Saturday, 18 March 2017

Apple Rose Tart

Apple rose tarts are eye catching, resembling a pretty bouquet of roses.  They're just as delicious as any apple pie!

Apple Rose Tart Recipe

Mother's Day is fast approaching and for the past week or so I've been wondering what to make for my Mum this year.  Of course I could make her some elaborate chocolate showstopper, or something equally indulgent, but knowing that my Mum is very conscious about the types and quantities of fat that she includes in her diet such bakes really wouldn't have been appropriate for her.

So, wanting to make her something which was relatively healthy yet eye catching, I recalled the pretty vibe of our apple roses which I made last year and was inspired to make this family sized apple rose tart.

Healthy Apple Rose Tart Recipe

Of course pastry itself isn't the healthiest of choices having invariably been made with butter packed with saturated fats.  But having successfully made a vegan pastry just last week for our Beetroot & Lentil Pie, which was so much healthier having been made with an olive oil, I knew that that vegan pastry recipe would be perfect for this healthy Apple Rose Tart.   This pretty tart recipe does include a certain amount of refined sugar, a total of about 85g, but the individual serving quantity would be minimal once this posh apple pie is divided between guests.
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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Homemade Hazelnut Noisette Chocolates

These handmade Hazelnut Noisette Chocolates with their rich milk chocolate hazelnut ganache encased in a tempered milk chocolate shell are the perfect edible gift.     

Homemade Hazelnut Noisette Chocolates

So many celebrations often call for a lovely box of chocolates; birthdays, thank you's, Valentine's day, and of course Mother's day.   It's so easy to pop into a shop and select a lovely box of chocolates, but just imagine how special the recipient would feel if you'd made those chocolates yourself!  You would certainly earn some brownie points if you were to make a few handmade chocolates.

And before you disappear thinking that it's beyond a regular home baker, hang around for a little longer and trust me when I say it's really not that difficult to do!  These homemade Hazelnut Noisette Chocolates are only my third attempt at making handmade chocolates, the first being a batch of hazelnut and caramel chocolates which I made to mark my blog's birthday.
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