Saturday, 18 November 2017

Christmas Robin Cupcakes

These fun Christmas robin cupcakes are perfect for the festivities ahead.  They're super easy to make, largely being shaped with a plain round cookie cutter, making them a fun bake for children to help with.

How to make Christmas Robin Cupcakes

It's almost 5 weeks until Christmas and my thoughts are certainly turning towards all of the fun and delicious treats which are so abundant at this time of year.

I have lots of great Christmas themed recipe ideas that I'm looking forward to sharing with you over the coming weeks as we creep ever closer to the festivities.  You can look forward to a tutorial for decorating your own Christmas cake, homemade confectionery ideas which are great boxed up as small gifts to family, friends, and neighbours, and even a surprise inside cake, along with lots of other ideas too!  I just hope I find enough hours in the day to share all of the recipes with you!

Cupcakes perfect for the Christmas festivities

To start things off, my first Christmas recipe for the year are these fun Christmas Robin Cupcakes!


Sunday, 12 November 2017

Brussel, Quinoa & Sweet Potato Cakes + Review

This recipe for Brussel, Quinoa and Sweet Potato Cakes is super easy, nutritious and tasty.  The recipe, a modern twist on the humble bubble & squeak,  is perfect for the colder months of autumn and winter, and comes courtesy of Jo Pratt's new book The Flexible Vegetarian which is suitable for vegetarians and omnivores alike! 

I'm sure you're familiar with the phrase 'a change is as good as a rest', well that's just how I feel about a new recipe book, *The Flexible Vegetarian by Jo Pratt, that I was gifted recently.   I guess like most households it's so easy to get stuck in a rut with meal times and some fresh inspiration is often called for.

Jo's book is certainly doing that!  There's plenty of inspiration with over 170 pages of varied vegetarian recipes that are so beautifully photographed.  It's certainly helped Mr E & I switch up our weekly meal plans.

The great thing about Jo's book lies behind the title, The Flexible Vegetarian.   Not only are Jo's recipes written for vegetarians, which is perfect for Mr E & I, but she helpfully provides suggestions for adding a meat or fish element to the vast majority of her recipes.  It surely makes it the one-stop recipe book for both vegetarians and omnivores who are looking to reduce their meat intake.


Monday, 6 November 2017

Iced Almond Biscuits

The icing used to decorate these tasty Almond Iced Biscuits is made with natural colours.  Two jams, raspberry and blackcurrant, helped to create the pretty 3 colour scheme making these biscuits both effective and delicious.  Icing biscuits is a fun activity for children (& adults!).   

How to make Iced biscuits with an additive free icing


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Baking Crumbs - November 2017

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

#BakingCrumbs October roundup

Already we're into November, which not only means I can begin thinking about how I'm going to celebrate my birthday, but it also means the start of a new #BakingCrumbs linky and a look back at the amazing treats and bakes shared by some fabulous bloggers during October.

Last month saw an a huge 29 recipes linked up to the #BakingCrumbs linky.  Yes 29!  That's so amazing considering it's  such a new linky!  Thank you so much to everybody who linked up and shared the baking fun. 😊

Baking Crumbs Facebook Group!

To continue with the baking fun I've opened a new FaceBook group called 'Baking Crumbs' which you're welcome to join!  And no, you don't have to be a blogger to join in the baking fun!  Here you can share images of your recent bakes (successful & perhaps less so), ask fellow members for advice on baking techniques & ingredients and even share the joy of a new product which has improved your baking exploits!

Back to October's bakes!

It's perhaps no surprise that we saw many amazing seasonal recipes linked up in October.  There were many pumpkin recipes (perfect if you've got some pulp to use following your Halloween mischief), some warming recipes which will be great for bonfire night and let's not forget the scary Halloween bakes which I must encourage you to 'pin' ready for next year's mischief! 

Although GBBO came to an exciting finale last night, which means that 'the blogger's bake along' will finish for another year, I am envisiging some inspiring Christmas bakes starting to be shared soon! With that in mind I'm more than happy, if you're a blogger, for you to continue linking up to 3 recipes per month.

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 this month's 'linky' towards the bottom of the post.   

4 Halloween Bakes

So, yes, Halloween has passed for another year but there's nothing stopping you from pinning these great bakes for next year's inspiration!

Fun Halloween bakes
(clockwise from top left)
  • Don't you just adore the ghost topping Kate's gluten free Pumpkin Mini Rolls!  I just want to call him Casper (remember that cute friendly ghost character?!)  Kate's bake sounds gorgeous, and relatively easy too, with the lovely warming spices of cinnamon, ginger and all spice.
  • Kat's Slime Cupcakes really do look the part with their creepy eyes, and green 'toxic' buttercream ... they're also filled with a 'radiocative slime'!   Scary ... but yummy! 
  • How much fun is Monika's Pumpkin Ricotta Cake, decorated simply with icing sugar as a Jack-o'-lantern.  Though I must add this cake is more than just a bit of fun, it sounds delicious with the addition of spices, ricotta for that cheesecake type of vibe and a great way of using pumpkin. 
  • These Blackcurrant & Liquorice Spider Cupcakes, made by myself in the Only Crumbs Remain kitchen are super easy to make.  The blackcurrant cupcakes are topped with a 'scary' liquorice legged spider! 

4 Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin recipes
(clockwise from top left)
  • Steamed puddings are a must for the autumn and winter months, and Jo who blogs at Jo's Kitchen Larder has created this family favourite with some wonderful flavours to create a Pumpkin & Plum Conserve Steamed Pudding!   Do check out her recipe where she shares some great tips if your new to making your own steamed puddings.
  • If you're looking for recipes to use up pumpkin puree, how about in Monika's Dairy Free Pumpkin Brownies?   She cleverly marbled the pumpkin mixture into the brownie batter which not only creates extra interest when it's sliced into but allows each flavour to sing!  
  • Three words to describe Jo's Pumpkin Cinnamon Muffins with Plum Jam:  Autumn.  Easy. Yummy.  
  • I'm a huge fan of dates in baked treats, they bring so much flavour and natural sweetness!  Debbie incrorporated a generous handful in her Spiced Pumpkin Muffins with Dates and Coconut Sugar which must have been so good with the warming spice and pumpkin.