Friday, 20 October 2017

Blackcurrant & Liquorice Spider Cupcakes

This fun cupcake recipe is perfect for Halloween parties.  Using the scary spider as the inspiration these cupcakes are topped with a cute homemade spider with liquorice legs atop of a yummy blackcurrant cupcake.

Fun Halloween Cupcakes, decorated with an easy homemade spider!

Boo!

Halloween is just around the corner bringing with it all the fun of ghosts and ghouls, goblins & witches, mummies and vampires .... and let's not forget about all of the creative yummy food to be had at Halloween parties too!

In fact, for many, Halloween marks the start of such a delicious time of year where food is concerned.  Soon after Halloween we have bonfire night with treats like treacle toffee & gingerbread cakes,  and then there's the exciting (though often manic) run up to Christmas and the new year where tables groan under the weight of festive foods from Christmas Cakes and trifles like this freestanding raspberry & glitter trifle which would be a perfect centre piece, to mince pies and stollen.  The list is endless!

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Sfogliatelle

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?

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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'.    

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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

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