Made with a light, flaky, pastry containing cream cheese and an enhanced sweet mincemeat filling, these small Jewish pastry treats are a true taste sensation.
Monday, 14 December 2015
Roasted butternut squash stuffed with shallots & beetroot and finished with a pastry lid provides a delicious meat free option for vegetarian guests this Christmas time.
Do you have vegetarians coming for Christmas dinner this year? Are you a little unsure what to serve that is not only straight forward to make but also looks good on the plate and tastes delicious too?
Friday, 11 December 2015
Made in a microwave and taking only a few short minutes, this delicious fudge is
far easier to achieve success with!
Fudge, fudge, glorious, fudge! I adore fudge, it's probably safe to say that it's one of my favourite types of confectionary, and Chocolate Orange Fudge is certainly no exception; soft, sweet and ... fudgey :-)
Sunday, 6 December 2015
How much does resting a Yorkshire Pudding batter affect the final bake and eat?
Being a Yorkshire lass, the home of the fabulous Yorkshire Pudding, I thought it was about time that I included these beauties on Only Crumbs Remain! However, rather than simply whipping up a batter and baking them in the oven, I thought I'd share it as one of my Side-by-Side Baking features.
Friday, 4 December 2015
This traditional German bread, packed with fruit and marzipan, is often bought over the Christmas period. It's straight forward to make and is certainly a treat not to miss out on!
Mmm, Stollen! It's such a delicious Christmas treat, packed full of fruit, butter and marzipan, I can't quite believe that this is the first year that I've tried Stollen. Truly it is! It's passed me by for so many years, how I have managed to enjoy so many Christmases without a slice or two of Stollen I will never know. It's even more remarkable given my love of marzipan! I just love the stuff! Now that I have tried this wonderful bread I can categorically say that it will feature in our family's Christmases for many a festive season to come.
Sunday, 29 November 2015
Made with Christmas Pudding, this delicious ice cream is a great way of using up any left overs you may have this festive season.
One of my favourite desserts over the festive season has to be the traditional Christmas pudding. Packed full of fruit, spice and perhaps a hit of alcohol, it's just so deliciously warm and comforting when served with a lovely brandy sauce. It's just like a great big hug in a bowl.
Friday, 27 November 2015
Enhanced with marzipan, orange & spice these home made mince pies are an incredibly delicious traditional treat.
When we were children, mum made homemade mince pies every Christmas. We loved them as a family. Though did you know Santa loves them too?! My brother and I would leave a homemade mince pie, glass of milk and a carrot on the dining table every Christmas Eve so that Santa and Rudolph could re-charge their batteries, though somehow we never left anything out for Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen, oops! Come Christmas morning the mince pie, milk and carrot were gone. The plate and glass had even been washed up and placed back into the cupboard! How Santa found the time to do that on his busiest night of the year I have no idea :-)
Monday, 23 November 2015
A mini baking experiment looking at the differences between the creaming-in and all-in-one methods of making sponges.
To bake using the all-in-one-method or not to bake using the all-in-one-method, that is the question.
I have to admit that I have always baked my Victoria sponges using the creaming in method. Always. Ever since baking my first batch of cupcakes whilst stood on a chair at the work bench as a young child with my mum, the creaming in method has always been the way to go. I clearly recall our home economics teacher at secondary school demonstrating how to make some basic Victoria Sandwich cupcakes using the traditional method with a little explanation as to why we treated each ingredient in a set way. Beating the softened butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Adding the eggs slowly and beating in. Gently folding in the flour. It worked and I stuck with the process.
Friday, 20 November 2015
Made with fresh vegetables, these tree dips are as delicious as they are colourful! They'd make an easy and healthy addition to any party or movie night.
The party season is almost upon us! Not only does the party season provide a great excuse for us ladies to wear some fabulous dresses and the prettiest of shoes, it also means lots of great food and drink! One easy element of party food are dips! Served with bread sticks or vegetable crudités, dips are perfect for those mingling get-togethers. They're also great if you're having a cosy night in cuddled up in front of a roaring log fire whilst watching a black & white movie, though, of course, the log fire & old movie are optional ;-)!
Monday, 16 November 2015
A quirky take on the classic, this version is made using a vegetarian meat substitute all housed in a muffin tin to make for a perfect delicious snack when out & about.
After visiting family a couple of weeks ago over the boarder in Lancashire, Mr E & I were famished when we arrived home. We needed something quick. Something satisfying. Something nutritious. Something which would make the taste buds dance with joy.
Saturday, 14 November 2015
This modern take on the traditional trifle not only looks good but tastes good too. Delighted guests will love the free standing nature of this firm trifle and the sparkles emanating from the edible glitter!
What's your favourite Christmas time dessert treat? Perhaps it's the traditional Christmas pudding, or maybe it's a wonderful deep filled mince pie with brandy butter. It may even be a slice of rich fruit cake encased in marzipan and icing served with a slice of cheese. It's a difficult decision I know, but in our family trifle always goes down well, with all of us returning for a second helping!
Monday, 9 November 2015
This nutritious, delicious and easy soup, made with butternut squash and other root vegetables, is made a little quirky by serving it in a hollowed out squash!
Now that the clocks have gone back and the scarves are being dug out of the wardrobe, what's better than a bowl of warming soup. A bowl of warming homemade soup with crusty bread perhaps?
Wednesday, 28 October 2015
This delicious classic lemon tart, encased in a beautiful sweet pastry, is topped with thin slices of goats' cheese before being caramelised and served.
There's something really wonderful about lemon desserts, don't you think? Whether it's a lemon meringue pie, tart aux citron or a lemon mousse, I just love them. They're fresh, zingy and well, simply delicious! Mr E & I even chose to have the classic lemon tart to round off our wedding breakfast! Simply delicious!
Saturday, 24 October 2015
Tell me, what's the poshest chippy you've ever been to. Earlier this week we visited one with chandeliers! Yes, chandeliers! In a chippy! Two beautiful, sparkling, enormous chandeliers! Oh, and let's not forget the grand piano! Unfortunately we didn't get to hear those ivories being tinkled, though I believe that happens later in the week.
Thursday, 22 October 2015
A delicious and light Genoise sponge cake, filled with cream and an apple & cinnamon compote made the perfect birthday cake to celebrate mum's birthday.
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday dear
Happy birthday to you!
1,2,3,4,5, ....... 60,61,62,63,64,65! Phew, and one for good luck!
Hen, goose or turkey?"
The other day saw my mum celebrate her birthday. And yes, we do call her Doris, though that's not the name on her birth certificate. Many years ago my brother started calling our parents Doris and Malcolm and for some reason, which I'm not sure of, those names stuck. The names really suit them and to make it even more amusing they answer to them as though they are being addressed by their actual name! I recall Mr E meeting my parents for the first time. He knew my parent's names but he'd also heard me refer to my parents as Doris and Malcolm numerous times. So sat around the dinner table that Sunday lunchtime, you know what's coming don't you, we were all chatting and Mr E asked my mum a question, "Doris...." and she responded as usual. I was just in hysterics; Mum, Dad and Mr E couldn't work out what was so funny. Well I found it funny, perhaps you had to be there.
Sunday, 18 October 2015
Made with a regional cheese, this homely cheese and onion pie, is full of flavour and comfort.
As a child were you given the choice of deciding what was on your birthday tea menu? It always seemed so exciting to be able to choose your current favourite meal for your birthday. My brother and I never chose anything outlandish or extravagant, it was often something simple and comforting like pizza or burgers.
Thursday, 15 October 2015
A side-by-side baking experiment in which I compared the taste and bake of gluten free flour against regular flour in cupcakes.
What a difference your choice of flour makes to a bake!
After all of the time consuming GBBO bakes, I decided the other day to make something delicious and simple. What's more simple than a regular cupcake. Nothing fancy, just a straight forward Victoria sponge topped with a cream cheese frosting. Delicious! However, having an unopened bag of gluten free flour in the cupboard, I decided to undertake a little experiment!
Sunday, 11 October 2015
Iced fingers, two ways, inspired by the GBBO 2015 series. Firstly are blackberry and white chocolate fingers which takes full advantage of the plentiful supply of these wonderful berries. Secondly are Barm Brack iced fingers which are packed with dried fruit and a little spice.
Three cheers to Nadiya, a Yorkshire lass, like yours truly, for being a deserving winner of GBBO 2015. I've thoroughly enjoyed baking along with the bake off, I've learnt new techniques and skills and remembered how much I love making pastry (until the other week, I'd not made puff pastry since I was a teen!) And, of course I've come across some great new blogs to read, which is no bad thing!
Thursday, 8 October 2015
Inspired by the classic apple crumble and custard, this ice cream is incredibly delicious having been made with a custard based ice cream with caramelisd apple pieces and crumble!
I just adore apple crumble and custard. It's simple, unpretentious and comforting. Just like a great big hug in a bowl! Mmm.
When apple crumble is married with ice cream, Oh. My. Goodness. It's delicious. It's irresistible. It's a wonder there's any left for Mr E to try it tasted so good! You know when you're baking and enjoying the chef's perks of tasting as you bake, well I have to admit there was a little too much of that going on!
Saturday, 3 October 2015
Inspired by GBBO 2015, this triple chocolate tart incorporates a layer of mango cream which breaks up the richness from the milk chocolate mousse, chocolate glaze, white chocolate decoration and the chocolate pastry beautifully!
As chocolate is arguably most people's favourite treat and given that it was the subject for this week's GBBO episode, I can imagine that there was a lot of salivating going on in the households of Great Britain! Imagine being in the tent whilst all of that beautiful chocolate was being tempered and moulded; it must have smelt amazing!
Monday, 28 September 2015
Made using the boiling method, this lovely rich fruit cake is packed with flavour despite being nut and alcohol free.
First and foremost, I must apologise, we are still in September and I'm going to mention Christmas! The festive season arrives earlier every year, I'm sorry! I've not lost the plot, there is reason behind my apparent madness!
Saturday, 26 September 2015
A GBBO 2015 inspired bake, these cream horns have been flavoured two ways. Firstly with a beautiful lemon posset and raspberries; and secondly with the British classic of apple crumble and custard!
How dramatic was this week's GGBO episode which saw the contestants having to leave their Religieuse a L'ancienne for two hours to see if they collapsed whilst they had lunch! I wonder how much they managed to actually eat?!
Post Script: There were some amazing cream horns and interesting flavours submitted by other bakers in the challenge hosted by Jenny at Mummy Misfits, so I'm sooo delighted to have been awarded the Star Baker badge for my bake! Yay! :-)
Thursday, 24 September 2015
Filled with a striking purple filling, this blackberry meringue pie recipe is an eye catching and tasty take on the classic lemon version.
Check out that colour contrast between the plum of the blackberry filling and the snow white of the meringue, doesn't it catch the eye!
Sunday, 20 September 2015
You've made a beautiful cake, now you need to present it to its best. Here's an eclectic collection of cake and cupcake stands available over the internet all costing £20* or less!
If you're anything like me once you've made a cake, be it a straight forward Victoria Sandwich or perhaps something a little more elaborate, you'll want to present it on a cake stand. After all, once you've gone to all that time and effort, your cake deserves to be presented in such a way that it is showed off to its best. Cake stands do just that, being raised from the table the cake is literally placed on a pedestal, elevated from all of the other goodies adorning the table. The cake almost seems to be at the diner's eye line, allowing it to say "look at me, don't I look good!"
Thursday, 17 September 2015
Made with hot water crust pastry, this delicious vegetarian alternative to a game pie, is sure to satisfy even the most carnivorous diner!
Week seven of the GBBO series was Victorian Week, another first for the Bake Off. I had no real appreciation that the Victorians used sooo much gelatine in their baking, it was everywhere!
The bakers this week were challenged with making a Raised Game Pie, a Technical Bake of Tennis Cake and a Show Stopper of Charlotte Russe. So although the Charlotte Russe appeals immensely to me, I'd want a vegetarian friendly so my beloved Mr E can sample it (I may have a play around another day to see what I can come up with). The fruit cake looked nice too, but given that I have a couple of rich fruit cakes to make in the very near future Mr E & I decided to make a Raised Game Pie.
Post Script: I'm sooo delighted to have been awarded the 'Star Baker' badge from Jenny over at Mummy Mishaps for my vegetarian interpretation of the Hand Raised Game Pie! Yay :)
Wednesday, 16 September 2015
This beautiful version of the humble rice pudding, sees the classic mixed with a crème legere and hides a compote of blackberry and apple within. It's certainly dinner party worthy!
Okay, so rice pudding isn't particularly sexy and is often considered a little old school being just for the very young or infirm, but for me I love the stuff! I find it comforting, filling, nutritious and flavoursome. As a child, Mum would often make a large casserole dish of milk puddings and bake it slowly in the oven; Mmm it was so good, soon being demolished.
Friday, 11 September 2015
This beautiful bake sees the pears stained with blackberry juice rather than the usual red wine.
We're already at week 6 of GBBO, I feel as though if I blink the show will be over!
It was pastry this week with a signature bake of Frangipane Tart, a technical challenge of Flaounas and a showstopper of Vol-au-Vents. During the week I somehow learnt what the challenges were and being in possession of the GBBO Celebrations book I was able to enlighten myself as to what Flaounas were; I'm sorry Paul, they just didn't draw me in! And given the fact that Mr E didn't fancy being transported back to the 1970's with the Vol-au-Vents we rapidly decided to make a beautiful Frangipane Tart, which I was more than happy with as I adore the almond filling.
Monday, 7 September 2015
Oh my goodness! Pitta breads! Well more precisely gluten free pitta breads!
Week 5 of this year's GBBO was 'Free From' week., looking at sugar free cakes, gluten free pitta breads and dairy free arctic rolls. Now, as Mr E & I enjoy making our own bread we had intended to tackle the pitta bread challenge, but as you may know if you read my Blackberry & Black Bean Brownie post inspired by the GBBO show, I attempted a gluten free loaf as a practice for the pitta challenge. We were both terribly disappointed with the loaf and as a result the pittas were not tackled....until now that is.
Saturday, 5 September 2015
Blackberry & Black bean brownies, yes, it does say black bean! And yes these brownies do contain black beans! Don't worry, I've not lost the plot, well not entirely yet. So do keep reading and check out these gluten free scrummy brownies! And yes, they really are scrummy!
Thursday, 3 September 2015
A fond farewell summer, it's been nice to have had you around. Cheerio until next year, mon ami. Welcome autumn, I'm so looking forward to kicking up the golden leaves as they fall from the trees whilst you're around. And celebrating so many family birthdays including Mr E's and my own! Hurrah!
So, as a 'cheerio' to summer and a 'hello' to autumn, I've tried to encapsulate both seasons in this cupcake. As you can see it's a take on the summery '99' ice-cream with blackberries; a hedgerow fruit which grows in abundance and can be easily picked at this time of year.
Monday, 31 August 2015
I know it may sound odd to most people, but I have a bit of a love / hate relationship as far as carrot cakes are concerned! I love the idea that it includes carrots and it can be argued that it's 'healthy' and of course I love the frosting! But as for the walnuts found in many carrot cakes, well I dislike them. Really dislike them!
Friday, 28 August 2015
A rich, creamy & flavoursome baked cheesecake which contains a hidden layer of seasonal fruit. The white chocolate mixture is layered up with a fresh bilberry mixture which brings a lovely colour contrast and extra flavour to this well loved dessert.
I have such a sweet tooth. When Mr E & I eat out he will often order two desserts on the pretence that we have will have one each, but in reality they are both for me; and yet I wonder why my waistline is increasing! So when GBBO's Dessert Week was televised I was found sat glued to the TV screen, watching the fabulously delicious desserts being created.
Monday, 24 August 2015
Oh my, I can't believe I've never made this type of bread before! The corn bread smelt seriously amazing whilst it was baking and for a number of hours afterwards. It tasted so good too, being jam packed with flavour. And just check out the beautiful speckles of colour from the sun-dried tomatoes & basil.
Thursday, 20 August 2015
Wow, we're already at week 3 of GBBO! I can't believe how fast these few weeks have flown by, though don't you find that when you get a little older. 'Tempus Fugit' as my father-in-law would have said! This week, the bakers faced the bread challenges. They started with quick breads, then onto Paul's technical challenge of baguettes and climaxing with their 3D showstopper bread creation. Wasn't Paul's lion amazing - right down to the whiskers and almond claws!
Tuesday, 18 August 2015
I was recently bowled over by the simple beauty and elegance of a beetroot tart I saw created on 'Kew on a Plate' by Raymond Blanc; it looked so pretty, like a simple daisy flower. And not only were the colours vivid and beautiful, it looked easy to assemble too. I just knew I had to recreate the aesthetics of the tart but with flavours liked by our taste buds.
Friday, 14 August 2015
It is said that good things come to those who wait, and it's certainly true where these little beauties are concerned!
Arlettes was the bake I opted to challenge myself with for GBBO's biscuit week (S6, W2). It was either that or the signature dish of biscotti; I must admit it was a close run thing but given that Paul's Technical Challenge of Arlettes contained cinnamon, the decision was made and these beautiful butter rich biscuits were attempted!
Post Script: I'm so delighted, considering the wealth of baking talent out there, to have been awarded the exciting badge of 'Star Baker' from Mummy Mishaps for the GBBO Technical Bake of Arlettes, in Week 2, Biscuits!
Monday, 10 August 2015
Saturday, 8 August 2015
Monday, 3 August 2015
Mmm, pizza! It's a popular meal choice in our household, somehow it's just so comforting. The bread base, topped with your favourite flavours and cheese. It's just so versatile.
Saturday, 1 August 2015
"Ay'up, 'appy Yorkshire Day t' all thee folk, 'specially if tha's from this neck o' woods!"
Going back to the Queen's English now...I thought I'd share with you today a few of the wonderful features of Yorkshire and a wonderfully easy historic Yorkshire bake. I teamed up with Mother Mands for this Yorkshire Day post, who also has a delightful recipe to share.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
A couple of months ago I came across the wonder of 'Aquafaba'. I suspect most people will have come across this modern day miracle by now, but just in case anybody hasn't heard of it, Aquafaba is the liquid found in tinned beans, used to make egg free bakes! Yes, egg free! So anything from meringues to brownies and cookies and even royal icing to pasta! Who ever made this discovery is a genius, and I doff my cap to them! Clearly such a massive break through for vegan bakes & cooking.
Sunday, 26 July 2015
Gajar Ka Halwa is a carrot pudding made in many Asian households and traditional curry houses. It principally consists of grated carrots, cream and cardamom; it's absolutely beautiful being full of flavour and lightly spiced. It can be eaten warm, which is how I enjoyed it, or cold, perhaps with a drizzle of milk. It also keeps well for several days if covered and placed in the fridge.
First & foremost, I'd like to say a BIG 'thank you' to Kiran and her mum Rukhsana for very kindly sharing this recipe with me and being happy for it to feature on Only Crumbs Remain. So all credit goes to these two wonderful ladies. Kiran is one of Mr E's work colleagues. She is off to pastures new now, so "Good luck Kiran in your new job, we hope to hear from you soon. Thank you for sharing your wonderful family recipe with us."
Saturday, 25 July 2015
It's the time of year now when many people enjoy going out and about for a picnic, taking with them some delectable & yummy food. The children have broken up for their long summer holiday, the sun is out (in theory), there are blue skies all around (also in theory) and people, generally, enjoy getting out into the countryside for a picnic.
So with this in mind, I though I'd share with you a few useful items for a summer picnic which I came across after a little search of the internet.
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
I first came across this loaf whilst watching 'Britain's Best Bakery' a couple of years ago. Did you ever watch it, hosted by Mich Turner and Peter Sidwell? I really enjoyed it, though sit me in front of most baking programme and you won't hear a peep out of me, other than the obligatory 'Mmm'.
Saturday, 18 July 2015
I think it's important that I say from the outset that this is simply about my mum's experience. Mr E & I are not doctors or nurses. Far from it. And therefore if you are reading this because you yourself (or someone dear to you) have a cholesterol problem, do please discuss the issue with your GP. And PLEASE DONOT stop taking any medication without the agreement from your GP.
Thursday, 16 July 2015
Happy National Cherry Day everybody!
To honour the beautiful cherry, I had intended to make some fancy cupcakes, however my week didn't contain enough hours (you know what it's like!) and so I realised I needed to use our purchased cherries in something a little less time consuming. The cherry cupcake idea shall wait for another day.
The dish which Mr E & I decided to make to feature these beautiful fruits was the easy and straight forward Cherry Clafoutis, though I'm sure you've already worked that one out! I have learnt that the clafoutis is a speciality dish of the Limousin region in France and the name comes from a word meaning to cover or fill.
Thursday, 9 July 2015
A fun, delicious bake which sees the classic dessert of apple crumble and custard housed in a simple cupcake sponge.
|Post Script: I'm so delighted to have won the #HomeBakerSalute award for my humble Apple Crumble & Custard Cupcakes (https://twitter.com/itsabakingthing/status/619524656903684096)|
It's certainly one of those desserts which is likely to be ordered if it's listed on a menu when Mr E & I eat out. The problem comes when said dessert is listed alongside lemon meringue pie and cheesecake! Decisions. Decisions. If I ordered all 3 you wouldn't judge me too harshly would you?! :-)