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Thursday, 28 July 2016

Bilberry & Custard Crumble Tart

With slightly sharp & juicy bilberries, creamy custard, and crumbly crumble all housed in a sweet pastry case, this fabulously delicious bake not only combines two popular desserts but also contains all of the seasonal flavours and textures you might want in one bite!

Bilberry & Custard Crumble Tart

Pie or crumble?  It can be a quite a decision wondering what to make with fruits which have been lovingly foraged.  That was the predicament which Mr E & I faced the other day after coming home with a box full of bilberries.  Clearly, it's not an earth shaking predicament, but none the less a relatively important one when you want to do justice to a beautiful fruit which is difficult to harvest. 

The 'eureka' moment hit when I was on the cusp of falling asleep that evening.  Why not make both.  In one bake.  A crumble tart.  Or if you prefer, a crumble pie.  With a sweet pastry base, delicious slightly tart bilberries and crumble topping the dessert sounded like the perfect combination.  But deciding to make the tart a 'complete' dessert I included a layer of creamy custard, to make a Bilberry & Custard Crumble Tart, which sat snugly between the bilberries and the crumble topping.  It's perfect for packaging up for a day out and about, a picnic or for when sat at home with a pot of tea.  

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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.
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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!

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Monday, 11 July 2016

Bilberry & Spelt Muffins

 These easy to make muffins make great use of foraged fruit.  The bilberries, similar in appearance 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.

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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.

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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.
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