Thursday, 14 December 2017

Santa Cupcakes

Whether you call these Santa Cupcakes or Father Christmas Cupcakes is your choice.  Either way, these super festive cupcakes are a lot of fun, easy to make and would be the perfect addition to the party food for the Christmas festivities.  They'd also be great offered as a small gift to friends, colleagues and neighbours.  Do check out the video to find out how to make these Santa Cupcakes!

How to decorate Santa Claus Cupcakes

There's nobody more iconic at this time of year than Santa.  Everybody loves him from his rotund appearance, fur lined red outfit to his jovial laugh. Though the fact that he delivers parcels with the help of Rudolph and friends early on Christmas morning may also have something to do with it!😉

Santa Cupcakes are a fun bake at Christmas

Having thoroughly enjoyed making our Christmas Robin Cupcakes just a week or two ago, and noticing that visitors to Only Crumbs Remain seem to love them too, I thought I'd share with you another super festive decorated cupcake idea in the guise of Santa!   


Friday, 8 December 2017

Homemade Whisky Fudge

Indulge friends with this Homemade Whisky Fudge.  Made using the traditional method, this fudge recipe is delicious carrying the flavour and aroma of whisky (whiskey).  It's perfect for offering as a gift to loved ones, or even treating yourself.

How to make homemade whisky (whiskey) fudge

Christmas is definitely the time to indulge, have fun and be merry.  Confectionery, and perhaps a little alcohol, certainly tick the indulgence box.  Whether it's a chocolate with beautifully crisp and shiny tempered shell like our Hazelnut Noisettes or our Coffee Cream Chocolates, homemade confectionery certainly makes for a delicious thoughtful give at Christmas (or any other time of year really!)

Hazelnut Noisettes Coffee Cream Chocolates

Alongside chocolates, fudge is another popular treat.  In this recipe I have combined Mr E's love of whisky in this easy to make confectionery.  Whisky fudge is nothing new, of course, but it's far tastier (and actually cheaper, assuming you have some of the hard stuff available) to make your own.

Whisky (whiskey) fudge recipe

Now, I have to admit that I'm not much of a drinker.  But once I tried a small piece of my most recent fudge recipe (do check out my other fudge recipes in my recipe index) I was soon reaching for a second (and third!) piece! Hic!  The aroma of the whisky is evident in the fudge, and the flavour, once married with the sweetness of the fudge, is delicious!   

And if you can bare to part with this homemade confectionery, why not package up a few pieces for friends and loved ones in a pretty paper bag or a small gift box which gives it a lovely professional feel.  Though do remember to keep a few pieces for yourself!


Friday, 1 December 2017

Adagio Teas - Review & Giveaway!

This is your opportunity to find out about Adagio Teas and their products, as well as to be in with a chance of winning a great selection of their fantastic festive teas and some ceramic teaware too, valued over £60!

Adagio Tea samples & ceramic teaware

Being somebody who clearly has a sweet tooth, I love nothing more than relaxing in lovely tea rooms and cafes.  Choosing between a slice of a multi-layered chocolate cake, Bavarian custard, and a luscious cheesecake is delicious fun to say the least!  But the enjoyment I get from regularly visiting my favourite tearooms isn't just about the sweet treats (though they clearly play a significant part), the ambiance or the vintage vibe associated with many these days, it's also about the tea!

Nothing beats a really good pot of tea! Well not in my opinion anyway.

So when the lovely people at Adagio Teas contacted me asking if I'd like to try some of their *festive tea blends, it was a pretty easy decision to make.  And I'm super excited to say that it won't just be me trying them out either.  Adagio Teas are extending their generosity and spirit of Christmas by putting together a fantastic giveaway of teas and ceramic teaware for one lucky person to win.  Having tried many of them already,  I can confidently say it'll be a tasty Christmas gift to receive!

Adagio Teas & Teaware


Baking Crumbs - December 2017

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

#BakingCrumbs linky roundup

Last months #BakingCrumbs linky was super exciting.  Not only were there a number of Christmas themed bakes being linked up, which I'll share with you momentarily, but there were also some new faces / bloggers joining in with the baking fun which is really great to see.  Welcome to Charlotte, Anna and Rachna!  And it's always lovely to see bloggers who are becoming regulars to the baking party 😊

With Christmas sneaking upon us rather quickly I'm going to start the round up looking at the Christmas themed bakes!  Not only do we have some fab Christmas cupcakes that I'm sure will tickle your fancy, but there are also a couple of Christmas Pudding ideas, perfect if you've not made one yet, and some more bakes which won't look out of place of a Christmas buffet table.  But it's not all been about Christmas, there are plenty of other recipes to drool over look at too!    

So, if you're a blogger, free to link upto 3 of your bakes this month and do remember to share some of the blogging love by checking out some of the other bakes which catch your eye.  As a side note the linky shall close a little earlier this month to allow me to compile the round up post before the festivities really begin!   
And if you're not a blogger, do check out the bakes which whet your appetite by simply clicking on the recipe title in green!  You can also find out about the recipes linked up this month by clicking on the thumbnail images in this month's 'linky' towards the bottom of the post.


Monday, 27 November 2017

18 Alternative Christmas Desserts

If you're looking for alternative Christmas dessert ideas, then check out these 18 fab recipes.  There's sure to be something to whet your appetite!

Alternative Christmas Desserts

Regulars to Only Crumbs Remain may have seen my Christmas Pudding recipe complete with chocolate orange flavours!  Although I'm a huge fan of Christmas Puddings, I'm completely aware that they aren't to every body's liking and many families will be looking for an alternative Christmas dessert this year.

So, with that in mind I have gathered together some amazing alternatives to the traditional Christmas Pudding courtesy of some top UK food bloggers to share with you today.  I'm more than sure you'll find something to whet you're appetite, though the difficulty may lie in narrowing it down to just one or two!

And if, like me, you are a fan of Christmas Pudding, towards the bottom of the post you will find a couple of alternative ways to serve this traditional dessert.  

Simply click on the green recipe title of those which catch your eye to get the recipe.


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Christmas Pudding with Chocolate Orange

This recipe for Christmas pudding includes the popular flavour combination of chocolate orange.  Not only are Christmas puddings a traditional and tasty dessert to enjoy on Christmas day, they're also incredibly easy to make along with the fun of making a wish!   

Homemade Christmas Pudding flavoured with Chocolate Orange.

As I'm sure you know, this Sunday coming (26th November), being the last Sunday before Advent, is Stir-up Sunday where we traditionally prepare our Christmas puddings ready for the forthcoming festivities.  So with that in mind, today I am sharing with you a delicious Christmas Pudding recipe which is packed with fruits and lots of seasonal flavour including chocolate-orange!

Of course, there are loads of different Christmas puddings that you can pick up from the local shop for just a few pounds, but if you're anything like me you may struggle to find one which ticks all of your requirements.  And let's not forget, other than being able to customise your Christmas Pudding to produce the flavours you enjoy, by making your own you and your family are able to have fun making a wish whilst stirring the mixture!

How to make a Homemade Christmas Pudding flavoured with Chocolate Orange.

Our Christmas Pudding recipe is super easy to make, is alcohol free, and carries a delicious chocolate orange flavour.  After all chocolate orange is always a popular combination!


Saturday, 18 November 2017

Christmas Robin Cupcakes

These fun Christmas robin cupcakes are perfect for the festivities ahead.  They're super easy to make, largely being shaped with a plain round cookie cutter, making them a fun bake for children to help with.

How to make Christmas Robin Cupcakes

It's almost 5 weeks until Christmas and my thoughts are certainly turning towards all of the fun and delicious treats which are so abundant at this time of year.

I have lots of great Christmas themed recipe ideas that I'm looking forward to sharing with you over the coming weeks as we creep ever closer to the festivities.  You can look forward to a tutorial for decorating your own Christmas cake, homemade confectionery ideas which are great boxed up as small gifts to family, friends, and neighbours, and even a surprise inside cake, along with some Christmas dessert alternatives and lots of other ideas too!  I just hope I find enough hours in the day to share all of the recipes with you!

Cupcakes perfect for the Christmas festivities

To start things off, my first Christmas recipe for the year are these fun Christmas Robin Cupcakes!


Sunday, 12 November 2017

Brussel, Quinoa & Sweet Potato Cakes + Review

This recipe for Brussel, Quinoa and Sweet Potato Cakes is super easy, nutritious and tasty.  The recipe, a modern twist on the humble bubble & squeak,  is perfect for the colder months of autumn and winter, and comes courtesy of Jo Pratt's new book The Flexible Vegetarian which is suitable for vegetarians and omnivores alike! 

I'm sure you're familiar with the phrase 'a change is as good as a rest', well that's just how I feel about a new recipe book, *The Flexible Vegetarian by Jo Pratt, that I was gifted recently.   I guess like most households it's so easy to get stuck in a rut with meal times and some fresh inspiration is often called for.

Jo's book is certainly doing that!  There's plenty of inspiration with over 170 pages of varied vegetarian recipes that are so beautifully photographed.  It's certainly helped Mr E & I switch up our weekly meal plans.

The great thing about Jo's book lies behind the title, The Flexible Vegetarian.   Not only are Jo's recipes written for vegetarians, which is perfect for Mr E & I, but she helpfully provides suggestions for adding a meat or fish element to the vast majority of her recipes.  It surely makes it the one-stop recipe book for both vegetarians and omnivores who are looking to reduce their meat intake.


Monday, 6 November 2017

Iced Almond Biscuits

The icing used to decorate these tasty Almond Iced Biscuits is made with natural colours.  Two jams, raspberry and blackcurrant, helped to create the pretty 3 colour scheme making these biscuits both effective and delicious.  Icing biscuits is a fun activity for children (& adults!).   

How to make Iced biscuits with an additive free icing