Sunday, 15 October 2017


Sfogliatelle is a challenging Italian bake, also known as Lobster Tails.  Paper thin layers of pastry dough are shaped and filled with a delicious ricotta mixture which is often flavoured with orange & cinnamon.

Homemade Sfogliatelle, also known as Lobster Tails.

GBBO's Italian week, saw the bakers make a batch of sfogliatelle in the tent along with cannoli and a margarita pizza.  Continuing to bake along with the Great Bloggers Bake Off I found homemade pizza, as delicious as it is, a little underwhelming, and cannoli somewhat scary with the thought of creating a makeshift fryer!  And yet strangely enough I was excited to tackle the Sfogliatelle showstopper bake which Mr blue-eyes himself admitted he found difficult.    

Homemade Sfogliatelle, also known as Lobster Tails.

I must either LOVE baking or be an absolute fool to try and make a batch of Sfogliatelle, but I was so captivated by the amazing paper thin layers that were formed, the fun 'lobster tail' shape and of course the delicious ricotta filling!    

How difficult could they be?


Monday, 9 October 2017

Spiced Blackberry & Pear Lattice Crust Pie

This homemade pie is decorative as well as delicious.  Using lightly spiced seasonal fruits, this Blackberry & Pear Lattice Crust Pie is low in refined sugar, easy to make and equally good served with custard, cream or ice cream. 

How to make a lattice crust pie

I'll be honest, my baking antics in the Only Crumbs Remain kitchen didn't quite run to plan this week.  'The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry', as John Steinbeck wrote, seems such an appropriate phrase.

Continuing on with my GBBO 'bake along' antics, I knew that I wanted to give Portuguese Tarts a try as soon as I realised that the remaining bakers would be tackling them in 'the tent'.  It seemed to be the perfect bake for us to attempt particularly because each week, when I visit my parents, we share a pack of (dare I say shop bought!) egg custards.  

Having never tried, let alone made, the Portuguese counterpart to our English egg custard, I scoured my recipe books and made a batch of Portuguese Tarts from scratch which we chose to customise with a swirl of melted chocolate!   Although unplanned, they look pretty perfect for Halloween celebrations in my mind!  

Portuguese custard tarts finished with a custard swirl.

But, and here lies the rub, despite looking great they just didn't seem 'right' despite using a recipe from a reliable source.  It may have been something to do with folding meringue into the custard mixture just before being baked, which, had I watched the episode more closely and listened to my instincts I may have spent more time in trying to find another recipe!  Being a huge fan of custards it'll be a bake I return to in the future, and baking along with the Great Bloggers Bake Along I have a collection of Portuguese Tart recipes to turn to, such as these Portuguese Custard Tarts Made Easy from my blogging buddy Jacqui!

So, getting to the point, our planned GBBO inspired bake this week wasn't good enough to share with you and so we took inspiration from the Signature Challenge of decorative savoury pies.  And I'm sure the observant amongst you will be saying, "but that's not a savoury pie!"  This is true, but having some blackberries and pears which were needing to be used it seemed more appropriate to put the fruit to good use and produce a sweet decorative pie instead.

Filled with autumn fruits this Spiced Blackberry & Pear Lattice Crust Pie is perfect comfort food.

Now, although I say 'sweet' this homemade lattice crust pie contains relatively little added sugar simply because it really doesn't call for it.  All of the fruit used in this pie (blackberries, pears and an apple), is the sort that can be eaten straight out of the fruit bowl and is therefore sweet enough. So other than a little icing sugar used in the pastry and a sprinkling of caster (or granulated) sugar over the pastry lattice crust, the vast majority of the sugar in this bake is perhaps what you would describe as being 'natural'.    


Sunday, 1 October 2017

Baking Crumbs - October 2017

Welcome to October'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 September's bakes and I also highlight what I made from the collection!  

September's #BakingCrumbs round up

With September having drawn to a close I can now bring you the second monthly round-up of Baking Crumbs!  September saw 26 delicious bakes linked up, from fancy cakes and scrummy biscuits to breads and even savoury bakes.  Being in the throws of this year's GBBO series here in the UK, many of the bakes were inspired by the weekly challenges faced by the bakers in 'the tent', whilst other bakes were clearly influenced by seasonal produce.

Once again can I say a huge 'thankyou' to everybody for linking up your wonderful bakes, it's such a pleasure to come and admire drool over your bakes as well as read your recipes.  As for deciding which of the bakes to recreate in the Only Crumbs Remain kitchen, well it's certainly not been any easier this month, though I have come across a great way of deciding what to bake this month!  Do keep reading to find out how I decided 😊.

If you're a blogger, the linky for October's #BakingCrumbs is now open (you can find it towards the bottom of the post), where, for the duration of GBBO, you're welcome to add up to 3 bakes!

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 the 'linky' towards the bottom of the post.   

But just before we check out all of the amazing bakes from last month, don't forget to check out our Dr Oetker Baking Bundle giveaway containing over £50 of vegetarian baking products!  I hate for you to miss out on all of the baking fun (NOW CLOSED)!

#BakingCrumbs Round-Up September '17


Fancy Cakes 


Fancy Showstopper cakes


Saturday, 30 September 2017

Chocolate Orange Steamed Puddings

These mini Chocolate Orange Steamed Puddings are the perfect dessert for the colder months!  They're light yet comforting, and are packed with flecks of real chocolate and orange zest.  They're easy to make and are delicious served with a simple chocolate sauce!
How to make a steamed pudding flavoured with the popular chocolate orange combo.

If you watched Pudding Week on GBBO a few days ago I'm sure you will have felt that the signature bake of 'steamed school pudding' was perfect for the colder and darker autumn days we're starting to get.  They're warming and comforting, just like a great big hug in a bowl.

But if you were bedazzled by the 'ornamental trifle terrines' the bakers made for their showstopper challenge, you may be interested in checking out our Raspberry and Glitter Freestanding Trifle that we made a year or two ago!

Raspberry & Glitter Freestnding Trifle

Even though my recollections of steamed puddings at school were of heavy rib-stickers like Spotted Dick and Jam Roly-Poly, Prue and Paul were looking for a pudding that was light and definitely not stodgy.  I'd like to think that our mini Chocolate Orange Steamed Puddings fitted the bill perfectly, despite being made individual rather than as a family sized dessert, they were certainly deliciously light yet comforting.

Steamed pudding is the perfect dessert for the colder months

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Dr Oetker's Bake in the Box + Giveaway!

Find out about Dr Oetker's latest product, Bake in the Box loaf cakes!  And why not enter the Dr Oetker Baking Bundle Giveaway, valued over £50, where you could win some of their Bake in the Box loaf cakes as well as loads of other amazing baking products! (GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED)

How to make an easy loaf cake

As much as I love to bake, with all of the creaming, sieving and folding that comes with making a cake, there are those occassions, like most people, where I want to enjoy the pleasure of eating a cake but simply don't have the time to bake!

So when the lovely people at Dr Oetker contacted me asking if I'd like to try their new Bake in the Box loaf cakes, I jumped at the chance.  I was fascinated to know what they were like, if they'd actually be quicker and easier than making a cake from scratch, and of course if they tasted as yummy!

Dr Oetker's Bake in the Box loaf cake

If you too would like to try Dr Oetker's Bake in the Box loaf cakes do keep reading because we're super excited to be offering a Dr Oetker's Baking Bundle worth over £50 to one lucky reader, entry via a Rafflecopter!  There are so many amazing baking products in the bundle along with some Bake in the Box loaf cakes!

Dr Oetker's Bakers Bundle Giveaway
Product images with thanks to Dr Oetker


Thursday, 21 September 2017

Salted Caramel Pie with Chocolate Sauce!

This Salted Caramel Pie is very easy to make & doesn't require a sugar thermometer.  The yin-yang flavour combination of the salted caramel is further enhanced with the dark chocolate pieces peppered through the biscuit base and the 2 ingredient chocolate sauce to serve.  It can be made ahead of time making it the perfect dessert for dinner parties!
An easy Salted Caramel Pie recipe, served with a dark chocolate sauce.

This week's GBBO episode centred around the sweet luscious treat of caramel, a first for the series.  There were enough millionaires slices with thick layers of homemade caramel to keep those with a sweet tooth very happy!

The bakers in the GBBO tent were charged with making a caramel for their signature bake of 18 millionaires slices which were firm enough to hold their shape, but not too firm for it to become chewy when eaten.  It was clearly quite a technical challenge with the vast majority of them using a sugar thermometer, waiting for the mixture to reach soft ball stage.

But what if I tell you that the caramel in this Salted Caramel Pie recipe is really easy to make, and that it holds its shape without having to boil the sugar and cream mixture to a precise temperature, with your fingers crossed hoping that the caramel filling doesn't ooze out in front of your dinner guests once it's sliced into!

Are you ready to learn the secret of this easy homemade Salted Caramel Pie?  And when I tell you, feel free to share it with your friends and family, or even shout it from the roof tops!

How to make a salted caramel pie

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Cottage Loaf with Pesto

The Cottage Loaf is a British classic.  The dough is shaped with one ball positioned ontop of the other and is baked in a hot & steamy oven to create a wonderful crust.  This Cottage Loaf  recipe with added Pesto contains the delicious flavours and aromas of pesto making it perfect for cheese sandwiches, or even served with a tomato soup, for instance.

How to make a cottage loaf flavoured with pesto, perfect used in cheese sandwiches or with a tomato soup for instance.

With a blink of an eye week 3 of GBBO has passed.

I have to confession.  No, I'm not warming to Neil Fielding, but rather I was in two minds whether to bake along with the show this week!  You see, as much as bread is very much a staple in our household, particularly for Mr E, and despite the fact that I love making our own homemade bread by hand feeling the change in the dough as it morphs from a craggy lump of flour and water to a glossy and stretchy dough, my increasingly unstable & painful wrists have other ideas.  And as for the stand mixer which was bought specifically to help me make bread, let's just say it definitely needs some lessons from Mr Paul Hollywood despite arriving with a dough hook!

Cottage Loaf is a British Classic recipe

My bread making efforts this past year have largely been restricted to no-knead loaves, so just as I was beginning to think that I would be watching fellow bloggers bake from the side-lines my knight in shining armour (rusty!), Mr E, took hold of the bread making reins to make this Cottage Loaf flavoured with pesto.

Cottage loaf recipe

Over to Mr E.

I made sure I fingered my loaf well!  😀

Seriously though, even though there was a lot of hilarity about this in the episode on Tuesday night as well as An Extra Slice, Angela explained that it helps to secure the two balls of dough together.   It turned out to be a really tasty loaf with a wonderful crust and I must admit it wasn't particularly difficult to make.  Though, a bit of extra practice fingering my loaf would probably make it sit up straight!

How to shape a cottage loaf

A couple of tips and thoughts when make homemade bread:

  • Don't be afraid to allow your bread to proove in the fridge, either overnight or throughout the day.  Although most recipes state to place the kneaded dough in a warm place to encourage the yeast to work, creating carbon dioxide and therefore allowing the dough to rise, by placing it in the fridge this process still happens.  Yes it's a much slower proove, but that extra time not only allows you to get on with other tasks as well as producing a much tastier loaf!
  • Use something other than clingfilm to cover your dough when it's set aside to proove. We all know that plastics are causing serious harm to our planet, so why not use one of the many other alternatives.  A shower cap, purchased just for making homemade bread which can easily be wiped clean and used time and time again, can be used to cover both small and large bowls.  Alternatively use a plate to cover the bowl or even a clean teatowel.  A large upturned mixing bowl is also a great item to cover a shaped round loaf, like this cottage loaf, during its second proove.   
  • Be aware that it's entirely possible that you may need to knead your bread dough for longer than 10 minutes (or what ever your recipe suggests).  It all depends on your technique and speed.  Use the windowpane test to check that the dough is ready to be prooved.
  • The windowpane test checks to see if the bread dough is ready to be prooved.  Simple take a lump of dough a little smaller than a golf ball and begin to gently stretch the dough between both of your hands.  Turn the dough a little as you do so. If the dough becomes paper thin without tearing, almost thin enough to see through, just like a windowpane, it is ready to be prooved .  Check out this Youtube video showing the windowpane test in action.  And this Youtube Video takes the windowpane test to another level, explaining the role of gluten in breads and other baked products.


Thursday, 14 September 2017

Mini Apple & Cinnamon Turnovers

You may know these Mini Apple & Cinnamon Turnovers as hand pies or even parcels.  They're easy to make, and the lightly spiced apple filling is encased in a delicious cream cheese pastry. They're the perfect bake for the autumn months.

Mini Apple & Cinnamon Turnovers recipe with a cream cheese pastry

Now that the seasons are changing and it's becoming clearly more autumnal as each day passes, with the chillier, shorter days and the leaves beginning to turn all shades of red, many of us are starting to be drawn towards comfort foods.

For me, being a girl with an obvious sweet tooth (just check out my recipe index and I'm sure you'll soon agree), comfort food can be anything from pies, crumbles, steamed puddings to rich fruit cakes.

How to make Mini Apple & Cinnamon Turnovers

The great thing about autumn as I see it, other than the fact that it's a whole lot of fun to walk through piles of crisp, freshly fallen gold and russet leaves (I know, I'm such a big kid!) is the huge range of seasonal fruit and vegetables available.  From blackberries and pears, to pumpkins and squashes, and beets.  And of course it's the start of the apple season too!

If you're looking to rustle up a few seasonal bakes, here are some ideas from the Only Crumbs Remain kitchen for inspiration (just click on the image to be taken to the recipe).  If beetroot is your thing do check out this collection of 14 brilliant beetroot recipes too, but if you're looking for ways to use apples, then keep reading as I will not only share with you my Mini Apple & Cinnamon Turnover recipe but a further 13 apple recipes from some top food bloggers.       


Saturday, 9 September 2017

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Inspired by the popular Oreo biscuit, this Chocolate & Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookie recipe is certainly one to try!  The recipe produces a cookie style biscuit which is packed with peanut butter and chocolate flavour, they're easy to make, and will satisfy the fussiest of cookie fans!

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies recipe

It was biscuit week in the GBBO tent this past week and the signature bake of 'sandwiched biscuits' was far more appealing to Mr E & I than the fortune cookies and the biscuit board game the bakers were challenged with making. 

After all a double biscuit, or sandwich biscuit, is effectively two for the price of one!

How to make Chocolate and Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Continuing to bake along with the Great Blogger's Bake Off hosted by Jenny at Mummy Mishaps, I spent a few too many minutes perusing the biscuit aisle of our local supermarket searching for inspiration for our sandwich biscuit bake.  There were so many sandwiched biscuits to choose from. Custard Creams.  Bourbons.  Jammie Dodgers.  But the one which caught my attention the most was Oreo's peanut butter flavour biscuits!

I mean, who doesn't love a peanut butter and chocolate flavoured biscuit?

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Homemade Blackberry & Pear Jam

This Blackberry & Pear Jam uses nature's free bounty to make a tasty preserve for just a few pence.  Not only is homemade jam easy to make and can be used in lots of ways, this blackberry jam recipe uses 25% less sugar than most!

Homemade Blackberry & Pear Jam recipe with reduced refined sugar

If you're at all familiar with my blog, Only Crumbs Remain, I'm sure you will have noticed that I like nothing more than a spot of baking!  Whether that's rustling up a few cupcakes, a melt in your mouth pastry, a cookie or two, or even to challenge myself by baking along with the GBBO series, it often means additions like jams, curds and frostings are made to finish a bake.

Just a week or two ago I made a batch of Blackberry and Pear Cupcakes.  They were a fairly simple cupcake filled with a homemade and seasonal blackberry and pear jam, and topped with a delicious mascarpone and white chocolate frosting.  They were so tasty largely because of the fresh fruity taste of the jam.  It seemed such a shame to leave the jam recipe scurried away in the cupcake post, it was certainly crying out for its very own printable recipe!

Blackberry & Pear Cupcakes made with homemade jam

Of course, this blackberry and pear jam is super yummy in cupcakes, but it's also amazing in all the other ways that we traditionally use jam:  spread onto toast or in sandwiches may be with a slice of cheese, dolloped into a warm comforting bowl of creamy rice pudding and of course used in other bakes such as jam tarts, swiss rolls or a Victoria Sandwich cake.  The list goes on, but of course it makes a great gift too when presented in a nice jar and perhaps finished with a pretty ribbon and tag!


Saturday, 2 September 2017

Box of Chocolates Cake

Perfect for special occasions, this Box of Chocolates Cake is shaped to resemble a box of chocolates!  It's made with a simple vanilla flavoured batter, sandwiched together with raspberry jam and buttercream and covered with white chocolate ganache and fondant before being filled with the all important homemade chocolate truffles!

How to make a cake resemble a box of chocolates

And GBBO is back!  Despite the migration from the Beeb to channel 4 resulting in the loss of Mary, Mel and Sue, the introduction of adverts, and new hosts for our nation's favourite baking show, the new series of Great British Bake Off is still rich in all that we love: baking!

As with the past two series of GBBO I shall endeavour to bake along with the competition, sharing my interpretation of some of the challenges here on Only Crumbs Remain.

A box of chocolates illusion cake

Just like in previous years, week 1 was cake week and saw the 12 bakers face 3 challenges.  The signature bake asked the bakers to make a fruit cake (made with fresh fruit rather than the dried stuff), the technical bake set by Prue challenged the bakers to make a dozen Chocolate Mini Rolls and the showstopper challenge was an illusion cake, which saw cakes look like anything but cake.  There was a rather inventive BLT, a handbag, and a champagne bottle in a bucket - all made out of cake!

How to easily model a vanilla cake to resemle a box of chocolates with fondant icing

In recent months I've become a huge fan Zoe's Fancy Cakes and her YouTube channel.  As her name suggests, she's a whizz at making fancy cakes (do check out her channel if you've ever wondered how they're made!)  It was through watching her helpful videos that I learnt how to make some fondant Christmas cake character toppers, like a penguin, choir boy and Santa.  But until now I'd not tackled anything more intricate.  The GBBO challenge was the perfect excuse to push myself a little more and attempt an illusion cake.

Wanting to keep things relatively simple we decided to harness the square shape of our cake and fashion it into a box of chocolates, complete with a selection of handmade chocolate truffles (and lid!).  After all, who doesn't love a box of chocolates!


Friday, 1 September 2017

Baking Crumbs - September 2017

Welcome to September'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 August's entrants where I also highlight my favourite!  

Delicious baked goods for #BakingCrumbs linky, August round up

Firstly can I say a huge thank you to everybody for the incredible support given to the #BakingCrumbs linky, both through linking up and on social media.  It's truly been amazing to see so many fabulous recipes linked up, helping to make the first month so much fun!  I look forward to you joining in this month too, & the coming months, making this a great community of baking fans.

There was an amazing 23 bakes entered into #BakingCrumbs in August, from loaf cakes, tray bakes and even an amazing patisserie bake!  And with this year's GBBO series starting soon I'm imagining that there will be even more baking antics as people bake along with the show - I know I certainly will be.  For that reason, during the Bake Off, feel free to add up to 3 of your fabulous bakes (ordinarily it is 2).  

At the start of each month I shall share a round up of the bakes linked up the previous month.  In addition I shall highlight my favourite bake from that collection.  From the wealth of amazing bakes in this first month alone I know that it'll be quite a challenge to select a favourite!

But first the round up.  And what a round up it is!  Grab a pot of tea (or coffee if you prefer), and marvel (or should that be drool) at the tempting bakes that were linked up last month. As always, if any of the bakes catch your eye do click on the green recipe title to be taken to the blogger's post and grab the recipe.

If you're a blogger, the linky for September's #BakingCrumbs is now open (you can find it towards the bottom of the post), where, for the duration of GBBO, you're welcome to add up to 3 bakes!

And if you're not a blogger, do check out the bakes which whet your appetite!   


Sunday, 27 August 2017

Blackberry & Pear Cupcakes

These delicious Blackberry and Pear Cupcakes make great use of autumnal fruits.  Making a refreshing change to the traditional blackberry and apple pairing, these cupcakes are filled with a homemade blackberry and pear jam, and topped with an easy mascarpone and white chocolate frosting, a drizzle of seasonal coulis and a fresh blackberry finishes the presentation. 

Blackberry and Pear Cupcake recipe, topped with a mascarpone and white chocolate frosting

We all know how great blackberry and apple is together but why not ring the changes and team those seasonal blackberries with pears!

Cupcakes with autumnal fruits


Monday, 21 August 2017

Raspberry & White Chocolate Traybake Cake

Essentially an upside-down cake recipe, this Raspberry & White Chocolate Traybake Cake tastes amazing.  The beautiful slightly sharp raspberries balance well against the sweet creaminess of the white chocolate, which can be found both drizzled over the raspberries and in the sponge cake.

Raspberry and White Chocolate Tray bake cake, a twist on an easy upside down cake using seasonal fruits

I'm sure if you're a regular to Only Crumbs Remain you may have noticed that I've fallen under the spell of upside-down cakes this summer with an aromatic strawberry and basil, and a dark moody bilberry upside down cake made in recent weeks.  Both were so well received by those we shared them with, and were an absolute doddle to make.

So having seen some wonderful fresh raspberries for sale in our local supermarket this past week I instantly knew how we'd use them - in another version of an upside down cake!  Not only are they a doddle to make, and there's no worry about the fruit sinking to the bottom as can often happen when it's mixed into the batter, but turning the cake out to reveal the colourful fruit beneath is always exciting!    

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Black Forest Ice Cream Styled Cupcakes

These fun cupcakes, styled on a summery ice cream, replicate the delicious flavours of a Black Forest Gateau.  They're filled with a chocolate sponge with a hint of kirsch, topped with an ice cream style swirl of butter cream and finished with a cherry and that all important drizzle of chocolate!

Black Forest Gateau themed Cupcakes, styled as an ice cream!

Click to jump straight to the recipe!

It's holiday season here in the UK, and regardless of whether you travel abroad to a beautiful golden beach or stay more local to home, there's often lots of ice creams and 99's to be enjoyed.  The recipe I'm sharing today is a fun twist on the classic ice cream cone.  Infact it's not an ice cream at all, but a cupcake styled as an ice cream!


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

14 Recipes For Using Up Egg Yolks

If you're looking for recipe ideas for using spare egg yolks then keep reading and check out the collection of 14 great recipes below.

Recipe ideas for using up spare egg yolks, from cookies, brownies and pastries through to icecream, mayonnaise and donuts!

If you've been busy making pavlovas, meringues or even macarons it's entirely likely that your baking exploits have left you with a few egg yolks to use up.  As it turns out there are loads of different recipes which will allow you to put either that solitary egg yolk or mountain of them to good use, without just enriching an omelette or frittata with them. 

My food blogging friends came up trumps when I asked for their ideas, so if you've been wondering how to use up some egg yolks below are 14 ideas for inspiration.  The recipes have been separated into the number of yolks required for each recipe, and should any catch your eye, which I'm more than sure they will, simply click on the recipe's title to find out more!

Recipes for using up 1 egg yolk:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Choclette over at Tin and Thyme.  


Cookie recipe great for using up one egg yolk

Peanut butter has become a popular addition to many bakes these days, for very good reason, and with the addition of a dark chocolate flavoured with a hint of chili (chocolate & chili being a combination that works incredibly well) I know that this is a great cookie recipe for using up one egg yolk.


Thursday, 3 August 2017

Triple Chocolate Orange Pinwheel Cookies

These Triple Chocolate Orange Pinwheel Cookies are a twist on a childhood favourite.  Using a popular flavour combination, they're incredibly delicious with a soft and yielding texture punctuated with chocolate chips and finished with a drizzle of chocolate.  This chocolate cookie recipe is also great for using up any spare egg yolks.

This chocolate cookie recipe is a childhood favourite.

Click to jump straight to the recipe!

If you're anything like me you're likely to have a shelf or two (or perhaps three or four) packed full with recipe books.  I love the beautiful glossy images which tantalise and seduce with all manner of inviting bakes and recipes.  Tall cakes topped with cream and berries, soft chocolate brownies, fruit tarts with buttery short pastry.  Although I love new cook books packed with modern ideas and techniques, old family recipe books have a very special place in my heart.  Flicking though my mum's jotter style recipe book really puts a smile on my face, from the cute cuttings taken from a girl's magazine way back, to the tape which has turned brown through age and even the change of pen colour in her hand written notes after the original had ran out of ink.

recipe books

One of the recipes in her old jotter recipe book, which she often made when my brother & I were young, was for pinwheels.  Not only were they yummy and a lot of fun with the plain and chocolate cookie doughs rolled together to create a swirl, Mum loved to make these homemade cookies because it's a great recipe for using up egg yolks.  In fact, do keep watching Only Crumbs Remain as I'll be compiling together some really useful recipes giving you loads of ideas for using up any left over egg yolks you may have.

How to make triple chocolate orange pinwheel cookies

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

NEW! Baking Crumbs Linky

Join me by sharing your fabulous baking creations on the web's newest linky, Baking Crumbs!

Welcome to the Baking Crumbs linky, where, if you're a food blogger, I invite you to share your amazing bakes, and if you're not a food blogger do check out some of the recipes which are linked up.  I'm sure you'll find something which tantilises your taste buds!   
Regular visitors to Only Crumbs Remain will no doubt have noticed my love of baking ... or making crumbs as my Dad would say!  Even as a youngster I loved nothing more than getting into the kitchen to make a fruit pie to follow our family meal, or a few cupcakes (or buns as we used to call them way back then) to enjoy with a cup of tea when the munchies hit.  In the process I'd invariably end up with a dusting of flour on the floor, chunks of pastry all over the work surface and splatters of meringue on the kitchen splash-back, all to the dismay of my parents!

If you've been baking something, savoury or sweet, which potentially leaves crumbs (though there's really no need for you to be quite as messy a baker as I was as a child!) then I'd love for you to link up.  Perhaps you've baked a few cupcakes, a delicious pie, or a meringue, for instance, or may be you've carried out a little baking experiment which you'd like to share, or even made a healthier 'free from' bake, then I'd love for you to share it with Baking Crumbs!

The intention is to build Baking Crumbs into an on-line community of baking enthusiasts.  Starting with the new linky, Baking Crumbs, you're invited to share your fabulous bakes (sweet & savoury) and marvel at other people's delicious creations by paying them a visit and sharing the blogging (and baking) love.    


Sunday, 30 July 2017

Homemade Gingerbread Cake

Made to mark Yorkshire Day, this Gingerbread cake is delicious, flavoursome & aromatic.  Gingerbread Cake is easy to make using the melting method and stores really well, improving as each day passes.  Though when cake tastes this good you'll not want to put it back in the tin!

Homemade Gingerbread Cake recipe using the melting method

Click to jump straight to the recipe!

If you've made a homemade gingerbread I'm sure you'll appreciate the wonderful spicy aroma which filled our home just the other day, and for those who've never made one I really must encourage you to give it a try.  It's such a warm and comforting smell which brings about such anticipation, not to mention the wonderful spicy flavour of the cake itself.

Being made using the melting method, gingerbread recipes are really easy.  The hardest part is having the patience and self restraint not to slice into the the cake straight away!   By storing it in an airtight container for a day or two the cake is allowed to mature encouraging a deeper flavour and a slightly sticky crust to develop.

But if patience isn't your thing, or you're wanting a quick and satisfying cake this gingerbread cake still delivers.  It really is a fabulous cake whether you decide to slice into it as soon as it's cooled or if you package it up for a couple of days awaiting that extra depth of flavour.

How to make homemade Gingerbread Cake

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Bilberry Upside-Down Cake

Upside-down cake recipes make for an interesting everyday cake.  They are incredibly easy to make and are great for an impromptu bake resulting in a great addition to an afternoon tea, with no need for any frosting allowing the fruit to create the interest.   This bilberry upside-down cake makes great use of foraged berries with additional flavour coming from the ground almonds and a touch of lemon zest. 

Upside-down cakes make for an interesting everyday cake.  They are easy to make and this one makes great use of foraged bilberries and a classic Victoria Sponge batter

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Food, and baking in general, has the amazing ability to create strong and powerful memories for most of us.  The aroma, flavour, and colour, as well as events surrounding certain foods often stays with us for a lifetime.  Personally I think that's part of the reason why I love to bake so much.  Besides the absolute pleasure it gives me to see people's face light up when I share a slice of something yummy, it also brings back so many warm memories I have from my childhood of baking with my Mum and Grandma.    

Those baking memories aren't just reserved to the time spent in the kitchen stood on a kitchen stool trying to roll out some pastry or fill some cupcake cases with my Mum, though of course it was a significant part, it also involved some foraging during the summer months resulting in a bake which seemed even more delicious having sourced a significant ingredient ourselves.

Foraged bilberries are great in many dessert and cake recipes

Now don't get me wrong, we certainly didn't go out every week to forage for all of our foods, far from it.  After all without a huge amount of expertise it's easy to pick the wrong things and become ill.  Invariable our foraging was largely reserved to collecting blackberries and bilberries, two fruits which grow abundantly in our locality.

I have to admit that living in Yorkshire, Mr E and I are lucky to know of several localities where we can forage for these awesome little bilberries.  But if you're not lucky enough to have some growing almost on your door step, and aren't planning a visit to Yorkshire where you may find the berry being sold in fruit and veg shops (particularly in market towns) check out your local Polish store, many sell the fruit jarred (simply drain away the syrup to use in the cake), or substitute the bilberry for blueberries, or even use blackcurrants or blackberries for that layer of dark fruit.  

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Strawberry Baked Alaska

A Baked Alaska is perfect when you want to have some baking excitement in the kitchen!  A dome of ice cream sits on a sponge cake which is encased in a layer of marshmallow-y meringue before being baked in the oven!  It's the ultimate warm frozen dessert and is sure to wow your guests!   In this instance strawberry ice cream and sponge is used. 

How to make Baked Alaska - Strawberry sponge, topped with strawberry ice cream and encased in a marshmallow-y meringue before being baked in a relatively hot oven!  The ultimate warm frozen dessert!

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You may think that Baked Alaska recipes are only for the foolhardy or those feeling brave.  Really brave.   After all, who in their right mind puts ice cream into a relatively hot oven?

But if you keep on reading, and trust me, you'll soon realise that you can confidently serve this warm frozen dessert to your guests for them to gasp and marvel at!

How to make Baked Alaska - Strawberry sponge, topped with strawberry ice cream and encased in a marshmallow-y meringue before being baked in a relatively hot oven!  The ultimate warm frozen dessert!

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Strawberry Ice Cream is the perfect refreshing dessert for warm summer days.  It's packed with seasonal strawberries, and it's the perfect frozen dessert to be enjoyed on its own, drizzled with chocolate sauce, or even served alongside other desserts! 

Homemande Strawberry Ice Cream

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We all know how good strawberries and cream are together, so what's better than a scoop or two of strawberry ice cream....perhaps homemade strawberry ice cream.

Or even a homemade strawberry ice cream drizzled with a luxurious chocolate sauce!

Homemande Strawberry Ice Cream drizzled with chocolate sauce

I can imagine that it'd be amazing accompanying our strawberry & basil upside down cake.

Homemande Strawberry Ice Cream would be the perfect accompniment for a strawberry cake

As well as being the perfect centre for a strawberry baked Alaska

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream is also the perfect choice for a baked Alaska

Strawberry ice cream is really easy to make with a handful of everyday ingredients.   We're just talking of eggs, milk, cream, sugar and of course strawberries!   There's no fancy unpronounceable ingredients, or those referenced with an E-number, in homemade ice cream.

And of course by making your own ice cream you're able to custom it to your own preferences.  If you like to see chunks of strawberries in your strawberry ice cream - consider it done.  Likewise, blitz the strawberries for longer if you fancy it completely smooth. 

Monday, 10 July 2017

Cherry Clafoutis Tarts

Cherry Clafoutis is a pretty special dessert being pack with seasonal cherries surrounded by a set custard.  It's quick and ridiculously easy to make.  But why not pimp up the classic French dessert and take it to the next level with this recipe for individual Cherry Clafoutis Tarts!  Wonderful served slightly warm with ice cream or cream!

How to make Cherry Clafoutis Tarts, a twist on the traditional  French dessert.