Friday, 19 January 2018

Vegan PB & Dark Chocolate Blondies

This Vegan Peanut Butter & Dark Chocolate Blondies recipe produces a bake which is packed with flavour.  The blondies are soft and yielding with a clear peanut butter and chocolate flavour. These blondies are naturally gluten free as well as being free of refined sugar,  but even if you're not needing to follow a free-from diet this vegan blondie recipe is definitely one to try.

Vegan blondies with peanut butter and dark chocolate

Regulars to Only Crumbs Remain may be starting to think that I've gone a little brownie crazy over the past few weeks.  But we're talking brownies.  Soft, fudgey, rich and indulgent chocolate brownies.  I'm sure you understand!

First we recreated Easy Peasy Foodie's White Chocolate & Cranberry Brownies (which if you're a brownie fan you'll know that they're not just for Christmas!) after she entered them into our BakingCrumbs linky (feel free to link up any recent bakes - sweet or savoury - if you're a blogger, or simply check out the tantalising bakes).  Then we re-made (& re-shot) our Chocolate Brownies with Mincemeat recipe, which are perfect if you've got half a jar, or so, lurking in the back of the fridge following the Christmas festivities.  Not long after those came this batch of Black Bean Brownies with Walnuts, which really are so much tastier than what you may imagine from their name!  In fact I'd be surprised if you didn't make them again once you've tried them!

White Chocolate & Cranberry Brownies Chocolate Brownies with Mincemeat Blackbean Brownies with Walnuts

Our most recent foray into the world of brownies, or in this case blondies, are these Vegan Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Blondies, which also happen to be naturally gluten free not to mention being free of refined sugar!  But even if you're not needing to follow a free-from diet this vegan blondie recipe is definitely one to try.

How to make vegan blondies with chickpeas

(The mini cake stand appears again!  A slightly faulty piece of ceramics made by yours truly!)

Not only are these vegan blondies incredibly easy to make, just like any other brownie / blondie recipe, they're also surprisingly nutritious, and best of all these squares are so very delicious.  Whilst sampling the first of, erm, 3 pieces (yes, they're that tasty), I was floating around the house wondering if it would be at all acceptable to hide these beauties from Mr E!

Monday, 8 January 2018

Black Bean Brownies with Walnuts

This vegan black bean brownie recipe is packed with flavour and is super fudgey just like a brownie should be.  Those you share them with will have no idea that these brownies are made with black beans.  It's incredibly easy to make with everyday ingredients.  As well as being suitable for vegans, this brownie recipe is also gluten free, free of refined sugar and low in saturated fats, but packed with flavour.
vegan black bean brownies with walnuts, are also naturally gluten free

This vegan brownie may sound a little unusual having been made largely with black beans, but I must encourage you to give this, or any of the numerous Black Bean Brownie recipes that can be found on the web, a try.  I'm sure you will be truly astounded just how delicious, moreish and satisfying a black bean brownie is.

I first came across the idea of using black beans as a replacement for flour in brownies over two years ago having been inspired to try them by Chocolate Covered Katie, and that resulted in me sharing this Blackberry and Black Bean Brownie recipe.  Since then I've made these brownies several times, and on each occasion those we've shared them with have had no idea what-so-ever that they include a significant quantity of pulses.  It really is amazing how thoroughly blending the ready to use beans and adding a few easily found ingredients to the bean pulp can result in such a delicious bake which is so beautifully chocolatey, fudgey and satisfyingly moreish.

black beans ready to use

Our vegan black bean brownies with walnuts are delicious and robust with a dark chocolate flavour.  And even though I'm not a huge fan of dark chocolate, these brownies were still a definite winner.  The flavours within the brownies meld together beautifully in the hours following the bake, and so for that reason I'd certainly recommend showing a little restraint and serve the brownies the day after they're made.  

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Fruit Crumble with Panela Sugar

How about trying this comforting fruit crumble recipe, perfect for the colder months.  It is made even more tasty with the use of panela, an unrefined sugar made from organic dried sugarcane juice, which has the lovely natural aroma of toffee.

Fruit crumble recipe made with panela sugar

Is it just me, but there certainly seems to be a correlation between the older we get and the speed at which time goes by.  Without divulging my age, let's just say that 2017 certainly feels to have passed in a blur of flour and clay.  (And if you're wondering about the reference to clay, those who follow me on Instagram may well know that I have a new found love of throwing clay on the potters wheel!  If you're at all creative I'd definitely recommend giving it a try!)

As we're already in 2018, may I wish you a happy New Year!

The first bake of the year that I'm sharing with you on Only Crumbs Remain is a simple fruit crumble recipe.  Not only are crumbles perfect for this time of year - being comforting, warming and filling, they're also quick and easy to make as well as being perfect for using up fruits which may have sat that little too long in the fruit bowl.

Pears, plums and bramley apple Prepared fruit for a fruit crumble

Our fruit crumble consisted of plums, pears and a granny smith - simply because that's what we had to hand, but there are so many other fruits which are perfect to be used in a fruit crumble: stone fruits like plums, peaches and apricots, soft fruits like blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, and gooseberries and then there are apples and rhubarb which are a really popular choice.

comforting fruit crumble

I'll be the first to admit that a fruit crumble recipe isn't particularly cutting edge, but it is one of my favourite and must-have desserts during the older months.  It's such a  popular dessert, which the whole family is likely to enjoy. 

The difference with our fruit crumble though is the use of panela, an unrefined sugar made from organic dried sugarcane juice.  It really gave our crumble that something extra.  The natural aroma of toffee which accompanies panela was delicious in the actual crumble and alongside the cooked fruits.

About Panela Sugar.


Colombian Panela Sugar

Panela is dried sugarcane juice.  It is an unrefined sugar and has a wonderful aroma of toffee, and to Mr E it also has a few subtle coffee notes too.


Thursday, 21 December 2017

Baking Crumbs - January 2018

Welcome to January'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 December's bakes and I also highlight what I made from the collection!   

#BakingCrumbs linky

Christmas is almost upon us!  And of course Christmas is such a great excuse to bake!

As so many of the bakes linked up to #BakingCrumbs over the past few weeks had a clear Christmas-sy vibe, lending themselves perfectly to be added to a buffet table when entertaining, or even to be offered as edible Christmas gifts to family, friends & neighbours, I am sharing the December round up a little early this month.  I'd hate for you to miss out on the amazing ideas that have been shared!

So if you're still on the look out for some awesome Christmas food ideas, do keep reading.  We have you covered with:
  • Delicious variations of homemade Mince Pies ✓
  • Alternative Christmas Cake ideas ✓
  • Fun character bakes ✓
  • Bakes perfect to offer as edible gifts ✓
  • Quick and easy bakes perfect to offer those unexpected guests ✓
  • Easy savoury ideas ✓

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.

And if you're a blogger, feel free to link upto 3 of your bakes in the linky at the bottom of the page and do remember to share some of the blogging love by checking out some of the other bakes.  The new January linky is already open! 

3 Alternative Christmas Cake Ideas


Alternative Christmas Cakes
  • Midge's Black Forest Cake is not only a definite showstopper with its 5 layers of chocolate sponge, chocolate buttercream, chocolate curls and the rest, but it's also gluten free and vegan, and free of the top 14 allergens!  Do check it out, it's a great alternative Christmas cake. 
  • If you're looking for a fun Christmas cake, I think Jenny's Rudolph's Red Nose Chocolate Cake fits the bill perfectly.  It's such an easy character cake to make, and no doubt delicious too being a chocolate cake covered in chocolate frosting with chocolate antlers!  And if you check out Jenny's recipe you'll find that Rudolph has a surprise within!    
  • There's always something so special about bundt cakes, and Jenny's Cinnamon Bundt Cake is certainly no exception.  It would make a great addition to your Christmas buffet table this year.


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.