Friday, 1 December 2017

Baking Crumbs - December 2017

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

#BakingCrumbs linky roundup

Last months #BakingCrumbs linky was super exciting.  Not only were there a number of Christmas themed bakes being linked up, which I'll share with you momentarily, but there were also some new faces / bloggers joining in with the baking fun which is really great to see.  Welcome to Charlotte, Anna and Rachna!  And it's always lovely to see bloggers who are becoming regulars to the baking party 😊

With Christmas sneaking upon us rather quickly I'm going to start the round up looking at the Christmas themed bakes!  Not only do we have some fab Christmas cupcakes that I'm sure will tickle your fancy, but there are also a couple of Christmas Pudding ideas, perfect if you've not made one yet, and some more bakes which won't look out of place of a Christmas buffet table.  But it's not all been about Christmas, there are plenty of other recipes to drool over look at too!    

So, if you're a blogger, free to link upto 3 of your bakes this month and do remember to share some of the blogging love by checking out some of the other bakes which catch your eye.  As a side note the linky shall close a little earlier this month to allow me to compile the round up post before the festivities really begin!   
 
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.



Christmas Cupcakes

 

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  • These Gingerbread Cupcakes, made by Kat of The Baking Explorer scream of Christmas!  Who can fail to be tempted by the popular gingerbread flavours and aromas, not to mention the supercute gingerbread men sprinkles!
  • Charlotte, who blogs over at Charlotte's Lively Kitchen, has shared 5 Christmas themed buttercreams and started the ball rolling with her Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with Chocolate Orange Buttercream.  It sounds like a proper crowd pleaser to me!  Do check out her other festive flavoured buttercreams if your in need of some new ideas.
  • Our Christmas Robin Cupcakes are perfect for parties over the festive season, and are sure to put a smile on the face of all kids, big and little!  They're really easy to make with most of the fondant shaping been done with a cookie cutter! 



Christmas Puddings

 

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  • My Christmas Pudding recipe includes the popular flavour combination of chocolate orange, and although they are traditionally made on Stir-up Sunday,  the last Sunday before lent, this pudding will still be great if you were to make it now!   
  • Or how about trying a Cloutie Dumpling for your Christmas dessert this year?  Rebecca shares a gluten free version of this Scottish traditional dessert which she tells us is lighter than a Christmas Pudding.



More Bakes Perfect for Christmas


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  • If you're looking for a light yet flavoursome loaf cake for the festive season that still screams Christmas, then can I suggest trying Lucy's Cranberry and Orange Loaf Cake with Mulled Orange Icing
  • If you're a marzipan lover, like Corina from Searching for Spice and myself, then you must check out her recipe for Almond Rolls, which, having read the recipe, are super easy to make!
  • Pecan Pie is one of those Autumn treats I've yet to try, but having read Anna's recipe describing the 'crumbly flaky pastry', 'caramelly goo' and 'praline like pecans' as well as admire her inviting images, this dessert has swiftly been added to my 'to make list'!
  • Jacqui's Craquelin Choux Buns with Brandied Apples and Cream sound as sophisticated as they look!  They're certainly more special than a regular profiterol having been topped with a biscuit like dough which 'crackles' so temptingly during the bake and that's before we even thing about that filling of apples and brandy!



Bread Recipes

 

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  • Doesn't that delicious swirl of cinnamon & hazelnut look very inviting in Jacqui's Babka recipe.  And by following the link to her recipe you'll soon see, with the help of step-by-step images,  how easy it is to shape. 
  • Monika's Baked Banana Wholemeal Bread with Sea Salt  sounds so fascinating.  Not only does she include sea salt in the mixture which no doubt helps lift the flavour of all of the wonderful ingredients but she also bakes her bananas for 30 minutes to bring out their natural sweetness and juice before everything is mixed together and baked into a loaf.



Free from Bakes

 

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  • Midge's Vegan Pumpkin & Carrot Cake looks so festive having been topped with vibrant green pistachios.  And let's not forget to mention the liberal drizzle of salted caramel sauce! 
  • Rebecca tells us her Gluten Free Salted Chocolate Tart is death by chocolate.  I for one am prepared to take the risk!
  • If, like me, you've assumed that to make a great gluten free Victoria sponge cake simply meant substituting the wheat flour for a GF blend, then you need to check out Kate's recipe for a simple but perfect Gluten Free Victoria Sandwich Cake.  Here she explains that Gluten Free flours behave differently and so has spent the time to perfect and adjust the ratios in her GF version.
  • How wonderful does this chocolate cake look , with its chocolate frosting, raspberries & celebratory candle!  You'll never believe that it's egg free, butter free and was baked in a microwave! Check out Rachna's recipe for Microwave egg-less chocolate cake, along with her top tips!  



Cakes & Cheesecake


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More Bakes


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  • Johanna has been on a doughnut fest recently and her most recent creation are these Chocolate Overnight Sourdough Doughnuts, which must have tasted amazing given that each one was named according to the sprinkles and embellishments used to finish each one off!   
  • If you're looking for a low refined sugar treat before the over indulgence of Christmas properly kicks in (or pin it for the new year!) then check out Jo's Healthier Date and Banana Flapjacks.
  • The colourful icing used to decorate my Iced Almond Biscuits is tinted with jam rather than an artificial colourant.  Not only does it make the biscuit taste even more yummy, but it also removes any concern about additives.






What we recreated in the Only Crumbs Remain kitchen this month...


This month, with the run up to Christmas, it seemed fitting to try one of the Christmas themed bakes linked up to #BakingCrumbs.  The one which particularly caught my eye was Kat's Gingerbread Cupcakes!  I mean who can fail to be tempted by the aroma and flavour of the warming spice associated with gingerbread.  And then she made them even more inviting by finishing them with super cute gingerbread men sprinkles!   
 
I must encourage you to check out Kat's recipe for Gingerbread Cupcakes!  They're really easy to make using the melting method and taste divine.

Gingerbread Cupcakes





Now onto December's #BakingCrumbs Linky. 

 

If you've got a bake to share, join in with #BakingCrumbs!


Baking Crumbs is for all of those sweet and savoury bakes, where there's the potential for crumbs! Pies and pastries, cookies and flapjacks, cakes and cupcakes, brownies, meringues........

Here's how to join in:

  • Grab the badge and include a link to this post on Only Crumbs Remain in your post.  If you prefer, use the code supplied for the badge (which you can find just above the actual linky) and paste it into your post's HTML section.
  • Link up to 3 new bakes with a clear image, using the linky below.  (Feel free to contact me if you have any problems doing so).
  • Where applicable include the source of the recipe, though do use your own photos.
  • Join me in making this a great baking community by sharing the blogging and baking love!  Do spend some time commenting on, sharing, and stumbling those bakes which catch your eye using the #BakingCrumbs hashtag so people know where you've come from! 
Feel free to Tweet me @Onlycrumbsremai (the 'n' is missing - I ran out of characters!) using the hashtag #BakingCrumbs and I will re-tweet all those that I see.

And why not use the hashtag #BakingCrumbs on Instagram too!

You are also invited to join the Baking Crumbs pinterest group board!

And why not join the Baking Crumbs FaceBook group too, and share your love of baking with other like minded people

Please note, by linking up you are giving me permission to use your photograph in the round up and on social media.

 

What you can expect from me:

 

I will be commenting on all of the bakes entered into the #BakingCrumbs linky.  I will also be sharing your delicious bakes on Twitter, as well as Stumbling and Yumming them (where there is a 'Yum' button)!  I shall include a full roundup the subsequent month (usually on the 1st), as well as highlighting my favourite bake from that month's collection!



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17 comments:

  1. wow lots of baking this month - makes me look forward to some christmas baking - I told someone recently I would be baking on Christmas eve and he said to just take it easy - some people don't understand that baking is my idea of taking it easy - I am just going to check out Kat's cupccakes because they look really cute.

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    1. Me too - I just love to get into the kitchen to bake - it's so relaxing :-) Ooh Kat's cupcakes are gorgeous Johanna and such a doddle to make too :-D
      Angela x

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  2. Festivities are in the air for sure with so many Christmassy bakes! Love Kat's cupcakes, they look super cute! It's all about the sprinkles :) Yum! xx

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    1. Kat's cupcakes are fab aren't they - bring on the sprinkles ;-)
      Angela x

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  3. Lovely round up Angela and there are so many bakes I'd love to try. I'd especially love Midge's pumpkin and carrot cake - every time I see it I wish I could try a slice!

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    1. I completely agree - I love how she's finished her cake with those lovely green pistachios - it sounds so delicious
      Angela x

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  4. Thank you so much for making my cupcakes, they look gorgeous! I really hope you enjoyed them 😊

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    1. We absolutely loved them, as did Mr E's work colleagues who we shared them with :-) I'm such a fan of gingerbread Kat - it always makes me think of my Grandma :-) Thankyou so much for linking up.
      Angela x

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  5. Whoop whoop! Super excited to be linking up to Baking Crumbs for the first time!!! Sorry I haven't linked up before...but I don't bake very often for the blog. I may be back a couple more times this month, though, as I have two more christmassy bakes up my sleeve...(or rather sitting in cake tins, having already been photographed! ;-) ) Eb x

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    1. Yeah, it's so exciting to have you link up Eb :-) Nothing to apologise for - I know your blog and therefore know that you don't often bake. Looking forward to seeing some more of your Christmassy bakes too xx

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  6. Everything looks absolutely mouth watering. I think I need to make that chocolate layer cheesecake to win some brownie points from CT.

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    1. Ooh I think you'd get quite a few brownie points if you were to make the chocolate Cheesecake - it sounds absolutely delicious
      Angela x

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  7. This has to be my favourite time of year for baking round-up's how awesome do these look and once again HUGE thank you's for adding some of my posts, you don;t know just how proud I am to be considered round-up worthy xx

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    1. I totally agree Rebecca, Christmas is great for having some baking fun - there's so many fabulous ideas out there.
      Angela x

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  8. So many fantastic looking bakes, looking forward to seeing more festive bakes this month!x

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    1. So am I Cat, it's always lovely to see what people have made
      Angela x

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  9. Beautiful bakes from our lovely blogging friends as always! I love seeing what everyone else has been baking and they have certainly done us proud in November. Thank you for bringing us all together xx

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