Saturday, 23 July 2016

Chocolate & Strawberry Drip Cake

Made with a triple layer vanilla sponge cake, coated in vanilla frosting & decorated with chocolate ganache, chocolate dipped strawberries, dehydrated strawberries, and chocolate shards, this drip cake, being my first attempt, may not be as sexy as many others but it certainly tasted amazing.

How to make a Chocolate and Strawberry Drip Cake

Drip cakes.  They're tall.  They're elegant.  They're eye catching.  They're show-stoppers.  They're down-right sexy!

In fact they're all the rage on Instagram and Pinterest right now.   There's pink ones, blue ones, cream ones, chocolate ones.  Some are topped with macarons, chocolate and candy.  Whilst others use seasonal fruits and flowers.  There are those styled with 'dropped' ice cream cones and even those which combine an illusion cake with the decoration of a drip cake.  There really is no limit to the style and flavours which can be brought to a drip cake.  And as such they make the perfect bake for any number of occasions; birthdays, anniversaries, weddings or simply 'just because'.   In fact check out my 'Impressive Cakes' Pinterest board for drip cake ideas and inspiration.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Date Slice

Date Slice is a lovely tasty treat, which is easy to make and is packed with nutrition courtesy of the dates within.   

Homemade Date Slice

This recipe for Date Slice is super easy, super quick, super tasty and very nutritious.

Date Slice is one of those recipes which mum and I would often make together when I was a teen during the long summer holidays.  No sooner was the bake out of the oven and cooled, and they were snaffled up and literally only crumbs remained!


Monday, 11 July 2016

Bilberry & Spelt Muffins

 These easy to make muffins make great use of foraged fruit.  The bilberries, similar to blueberries, are generously packed into the bake bringing a wonderful aroma and flavour.

These Bilberry and Spelt Muffins were made with foraged fruit.

When Mr E and I have some spare time we often go for a walk in the Yorkshire countryside. Up hill and down dale as they say.  Last weekend saw us at one of our local nature reserves walking through the woodland waiting for a shower to pass.  The woods were quiet, as is expected at this time of year, as the songbirds are recovering from the enormous effort of raising their brood.  Just a few short minutes into our walk a bird made its presence known, and not through the beauty of its song.  The bird decided to, well, visit the bathroom at the precise moment that we walked beneath the tree where it stood.  Wearing no hat Mr E had been well and truly got!  And needless to say he wan't too pleased about it!

Despite Mr E not being too happy about the 'incident' it is said to bring good luck.  Perhaps he should purchase a lottery ticket for the next draw ;-)  Or maybe the good luck was stumbling across the heavily ladened bilberry bushes we found later in our walk.


Thursday, 7 July 2016

Arancini Kievs with a Quinoa Crust

The crispy quinoa crust surrounding these arancini contrasts well against the soft starchy risotto, and the garlic butter within brings extra flavour.  Packed with nutritious grains, these arancini, commonly referred to as risotto balls, make great use of left over risotto. 

Recipe for homemade Arancini / Risotto balls with a kiev filling and a nutritious quinoa crust

It seems an age since I last shared a savoury recipe here on Only Crumbs Remain.  In fact it is an age.  To be specific it's almost 6 weeks since I wrote about our No-Knead Rosemary & Garlic Focaccia!  Yes, there seems to have been a whole 6 weeks where I've simply baked, written about and shared a plethora of desserts and cupcakes!  But do rest assured, Mr E & I haven't just been living off those 'naughty but nice' bakes, we have rustled up savoury meals everyday just like every household we know.  So wanting to balance things out a little between all of those sweet calories, here is a dish which makes perfect use of left over risotto resulting in an easy to make light lunch.

The risotto and mozzarella croquettes which I made earlier in the year were a huge hit with both Mr E & I.  The stretchy mozzarella hidden inside was fabulous.  So wanting to re-create something similar we decided to make some 'kiev' style risotto balls.


Saturday, 2 July 2016

Apricot & Orange Frangipane Tarts

These individual tarts, decorated with a pastry plait, are delicious with a clear almond flavour which is complemented by the addition of apricots and orange.   Although generously sized, they are the perfect afternoon treat when served with your favourite drink. 

The flavours of this Apricot and Orange Frangipane Tart work very well together and make a lovely alternative to the classically used pears.

In recent weeks I've become mesmerised by images of beautiful pastry designs which adorn the tops of pies and tarts over on Instagram.   We're not just talking about the classic basket weave here, which in itself is very effective, but rather flowers, cutouts and other such intricate designs.

So being a huge fan of making my own pastry I promised myself that my next appropriate bake would be finished with some sort of pastry decoration.  The desicion was what to make, but having an open bag of ground almonds in the cupboard which was rapidly approaching its best before date Mr E & I decided to make some frangipane tarts.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Homemade Orange Curd

Containing less refined sugar than lemon curd, this reduced sugar orange preserve is delicious both spread on toast and used as an element within cakes and bakes.  It makes a lovely alternative to the usual lemon curd.

Recipe for homemade reduced sugar orange curd

 One of my favourite preserves for topping my morning round of toast is undoubtedly lemon curd, but having an idea for a Apricot & Orange Frangipane Tart rattling around my head, which includes an orange element, I set to and made a homemade batch of orange curd.  Not only is it as delicious as its cousin, lemon curd, it also contains far less refined sugar. 


Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Strawberry & Basil Pavlova

This marshmallowy pavlova is made with a Swiss meringue & topped with macerated strawberries.  It's a straightforward bake which makes for a great centre piece when entertaining friends and family.  

Strawberry & Basil Pavlova made using the Swiss meringue technique.

Being a huge fan of the classic pavlova dessert made the decision of how to use the eggs whites left over from a batch of Bavarian Slices very easy.  Pavlova is such a classic dessert which can easily be made either as an individual portion or as a larger centre piece for family get-togethers.  The meringue shell is usually filled with cream and topped with delicious fruit.  It's a fabulous summertime dessert which makes great use of the fresh ripening berries.

Having heard Carol Kirkwood, arguably one of the nation's favourite weather reporters, the other day describe last night's moon as a Strawberry Moon our Pavlova simply had to be filled with this wonderful fruit.  It simply seemed rude not to buy a punnet of delicious strawberries which are gracing our shelves at the moment.   Strawberry Moon is such an interesting description and having Googled it I learnt that not only is it very infrequent, but it was coined after the North American Algonquin tribe who saw it as the start of the strawberry harvest.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Bavarian Slice

With flaky puff pastry, creamy custard, sharp raspberries & sweet icing, this Bavarian Slice is certainly a delicious teatime treat.
Bavarian Slices made with flaky puff pastry, creamy custard, sharp raspberries and sweet icing feathered icing

Dads are worth their weight in gold, and my dad is certainly no exception.  Over the years he's not only cleaned and dressed my grazed knees and accompanied me to the hospital with broken bones, but he's also taught me how to hang wallpaper, point stone walls and change the tyres on a car!  So with Father's Day just around the corner and knowing how much he adores Bavarian Slices I donned my apron and made a small batch of this patisserie classic, adding my own little delicious twist along the way in the form of fresh raspberries.

A Bavarian Slice is very similar to a custard slice.  The bakes are both constructed like a sandwich with puff pastry encasing a layer of thick creamy custard and decorated with a sweet icing to the upper pastry surface.  However, the Bavarian Slice is a little more indulgent, and dare I say posher, than the slightly plainer custard slice with its layer of jam sat snugly beneath the creamier filling.  The icing is also usually finished with the classic feathering pattern too.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Baked Neapolitan Cheesecake

Inspired by the classic ice cream, this Baked Neapolitan Cheesecake is easy to make & rewards you with a delicious dessert containing a medley of flavours!  

Baked Neapolitan Cheesecake Recipe

As a child I was never particularly keen on ice cream!  Yes, I was a fussy child, but I would always manage to make an exception for Neapolitan Ice Cream.  The triple striped layer of vanilla, strawberry & chocolate always enticed me.  It was simply far more exciting and tasty than plain old vanilla.  Having bought a block of the ice cream the other week the idea of a Neapolitan Cheesecake came to mind.  The thought of the classic Neapolitan flavours - chocolate, vanilla and strawberry - layered in a baked cheesecake meant that such a dessert was soon going to be adorning our dining table!