Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Strawberry Cupcakes with Chocolate Drizzle

These strawberry cupcakes are a pretty, summery bake.  The inviting drizzle of dark chocolate ganache helps to counter the sweetness of the cupcake and buttercream frosting! 

Strawberry Cupcake recipe, finished with a drizzle of dark chocolate ganache


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Summer is almost upon us, though you'd be forgiven for thinking it had already arrived if the glorious weather we're enjoyed here in the UK is anything to go by.

For me, the foods of summer definitely include berries starting with the beautiful red strawberry.  I recall the first year that Mr E & I grew some in our small garden, it was fun watching the bees being drawn to the pretty white flowers for them to develop into what we know as strawberries a few short weeks later.  But having only a handful of young strawberry plants that year we couldn't really describe our harvest as 'bumper'!  We just about picked enough to have a couple each with a slice of cake when friends came round for dinner! ๐Ÿ˜

How to make strawberry cupcakes with a dark chocolate ganache drizzle

Strawberries are great perched on top of a simple Victoria sponge cupcake.  Imagine a soft vanilla cupcake, topped with a simple vanilla buttercream finished with a ripe strawberry and a drizzle of dark chocolate ganache!   I don't know about you, but it certainly sings summer to me.  Even Dad found them enticing being pretty quick in grabbing a few tea plates from the cupboard so we could all dive in and enjoy them!

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Monday, 29 May 2017

14 Beetroot Recipes

If you're look for some new and exciting beetroot recipes, whether that's a refreshing salad, a more substantial main meal or even a sweet bake then continue reading!

Although we often think of beetroot as being a salad vegetable (though there's certainly nothing wrong with that), the humble beet can be used in so many other ways.  Savoury bakes, cakes, pizza, and even shakes!  This collection of 14 beetroot recipes, brought to you with thanks to some top UK food bloggers, definitely has something for everybody!

So if you're looking for some new and inspiring ideas, are unsure of how to make the best use of a bunch of fresh beetroots which may have been gifted to you, or even have a jar of pickled beetroot lurking in the back of the cupboard begging to be used, then check out these recipes and follow the links in green for the actual recipe. 



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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Beetroot & Chocolate Cupcakes

An easy to make beetroot & chocolate muffin style cupcake, which is as delicious with or without the vibrant pink beetroot frosting.  These cupcakes are beautifully moist, and are punctuated with chocolate chips.  They're perfect for sneaking a little extra nutrition into our diets. 

Recipe for Beetroot and Chocolate Cupcakes

Although beetroot and chocolate cakes have been on my radar for a number of years, I have to confess that until now I've never tried them.  It's not that I was never sufficiently enticed by the idea of using beetroot in a cake, after all carrots work beautifully in them, but given that Mr E doesn't care for beetroot (he even declined my recent Beetroot & Lentil Pie in favour of Homity Pie!) so a large cake just for me seemed a little bit excessive.

How to make Beetroot and Chocolate Cupcakes

Logic eventually prevailed and my desire to try a beetroot and chocolate cake, morphed into cupcakes. Cupcakes are, of course, the perfect compromise as far as cake is concerned.  Even though cupcakes often don't have the same head turning qualities as a cake often has, cupcakes are quicker to bake, and of course any surplus can easily be frozen (without any frosting) with no spoiling effects (not that these beetroot and chocolate cupcakes had chance to be frozen, they were soon devoured ๐Ÿ˜‰).

Using beetroot in baking

This beetroot and chocolate cupcake recipe, is quick and easy (though it does take a little longer if you choose to use fresh beetroot, as we did, rather than vac packed beets).  It's almost as quick as an all-in-one batter once the beetroot is pureed.  There's no creaming or folding.  Just good old mixing!
 
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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Raspberry & White Chocolate Mini Trifles

Flavoured with the popular combination of raspberry & white chocolate, these mini trifles are not only elegant and eye catching but are also a perfect dessert for dinner parties.  They're ideal regardless of the number of guests.

How to make raspberry & white chocolate mini trifles, perfect for dinner party desserts

Trifles have a very special place in my heart.  They bring back such fond happy memories of spending Sundays with Grandma when my brother and I were young.  Each week she would make us Sunday lunch, sometimes it would be a roast beef with amazing Yorkshire Puddings and other times it would be a simple salad.  But regardless of the main meal she would always treat us to a fruit trifle for dessert.

Not that Grandma was a one recipe wonder, far from it.  It was simply a case of making what was popular.  Trifle, with its soft sponge, tasty fruit, wobbly jelly, vanilla custard and rich cream, is undoubtedly a family favourite of ours.  And of course the squelch, as the spoon is lifted with the first portion from the trifle bowl, never failed to produce lots of hilarity and giggles!
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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Lemon Drizzle Olive Oil Cake

This lemon drizzle cake, made with olive oil in place of the usual butter, is perfect for a mid-afternoon treat.  What it lacks in aesthetic qualities it makes up for with flavour and lightness.

How to make a Lemon Drizzle Olive Oil Cake

I have to admit that baking is hardly the healthiest of pastimes, with all of that butter, cream and sugar, and the calories associated with it it's hardly diet food.   And of course being a food blogger, and one who predominantly bakes cupcakes, cakes and pastries, not to mention the occasional batch of fudge, it'd be easy to allow the pounds to pile on and the waistline increase!  Thankfully Mr E and I have some great neighbours, not to mention family and friends, who are happy to try our bakes ๐Ÿ˜‰.

Of course we often make smaller batches too and bake 'just' a couple of times a week, but recently I've found it fun to temper the 'naughtiness' by substituting the butter with olive oil.  Regulars to Only Crumbs Remain may recall the pastries of our Vegan Beetroot & Lentil Pie, Apple Rose Tart and Pear and Almond Tart were made with oil rather than butter with great success.
  
Vegan Beetroot and Lentil Pie recipe How to make an apple rose tart. A classic pear and almond tart recipe.

Having enjoyed a handful of pies and tarts made with oil, it seemed logical to try an olive oil cake as well.  Not only did lemon seem to be the appropriate addition to work alongside the characteristic flavour of olive oil, it's most probably my favourite cake flavour too.  Even above chocolate cake!  So allow me to introduce you to our Lemon Drizzle Olive Oil Cake.

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Friday, 5 May 2017

Rhubarb & Strawberry Meringue Cupcakes

These Rhubarb & Strawberry Meringue Cupcakes are a delicious & pretty twist on the classic Lemon Meringue Pie.  The slightly sharp curd filling contrasts beautifully with the sweet marshmallowy Italian meringue.

How to make Rhubarb and Strawberry Meringue Cupcakes, made with Italian meringue

If you're looking for a special cupcake which is as delicious as it looks then you've come to the right place!  Allow me to introduce you to this scrumptious rhubarb and strawberry curd filled cupcake topped with a swirl of marshmallowy Italian meringue.
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