Saturday, 17 February 2018

Double Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

These Double Chocolate Orange Cupcakes are a chocoholics dream!  With real chocolate in both the sponge and the buttercream, and finished with an oven-dried slice of orange you'll soon be making another batch of these yummy cupcakes. 

Double Cocolate Orange Cupcakes finished with an oven-dried slice of orange.

If there's a way to improve a double chocolate cupcake it surely has to be with the addition of orange to make Double Chocolate Orange Cupcakes!

These little beauties definitely taste as good as they look with real chocolate used in both the cupcake batter and buttercream frosting, along with a drop or two of orange extract to enhance the chocolate flavour.

Double Cocolate Orange Cupcakes containing real chocolate.

The use of real chocolate in these Double Chocolate Orange Cupcakes plays an important role.  It helps to keep the cupcakes moist (cakes often turn out dry when cocoa powder alone is used) and the chocolate buttercream frosting super silky.  And of course lets not forget about how delicious actual chocolate is!

The crowning glory, perched within the silky chocolate buttercream frosting, is a slice of oven dried orange. Their presence is two fold.  Not only does it add to the cupcakes' aesthetics making them incredibly inviting and eye catching, but as they're completely edible (assuming there are no pips in the slices!), they add a wonderful concentrated hit of real orange flavour. 

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Saturday, 10 February 2018

Chocolate Caramel Fudge

This decadent Chocolate Caramel Fudge recipe is a must try! Caramel is rippled into the traditionally made fudge before being coated with a semi dark chocolate and finished with sprinkles! 

How to make Chocolate Caramel Fudge

Imagine sinking your teeth into a piece of dark rich fudge, with pockets of caramel, the sweetness countered with a layer of semi dark chocolate!  Well, that's what you get with this homemade Chocolate Caramel Fudge recipe!   

Just look at those dribbles of caramel oozing from the cubes of decadent fudge!  Who could resist a piece, or two, of firm fudge with pockets of sweet smooth caramel!

Homemade traditional fudge

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Sunday, 4 February 2018

Homemade Raspberry Cream White Chocolates

These homemade chocolates are a real treat!  The tempered white chocolate shell is filled with a raspberry cream ganache which is a pretty shade of pink and works well with the sweet white chocolate.  With a detailed recipe method, these handmade chocolates have a wonderful snap and shine, and are perfect for Valentine's Day, as well as other occasions like Mother's Day, as a birthday or Christmas gift, or a thank you to someone special.

How to make raspberry cream white chocolates, with a tempered white chocolate shell and filled with a raspberry cream ganache.

Valentine's Day is creeping upon us, and with that comes romance, flowers, champagne and of course chocolates. Lots of chocolates!

Allow me to introduce you to our Homemade Raspberry Cream White Chocolates recipe, which produces a delicious chocolate with a popular flavour paring.  They have a wonderful creamy white chocolate shell complete with a lovely shine and snap, and are filled with an easy to make raspberry cream ganache

Handmade white chocolates with a raspberry filling

Homemade chocolates are so much more special than a mass produced box of sweets which can be easily picked up from a high street shop or the local supermarket.   There's a lot of love which goes into making some homemade chocolates, far more than the identical sweets born on a mechanised production line.  I'm sure your loved one would be over the moon if you were to go to the effort of tempering some chocolate to make some.

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Thursday, 1 February 2018

Baking Crumbs - February 2018

 Welcome to February's #BakingCrumbs linky!  This is the place for bloggers to share their baking recipes, and non-bloggers to find new ideas to whet their appetite.  This post contains a full round up of January's bakes where I also highlight what I recreated from the recipes linked up!   


BakingCrumbs January round up

January is often the month where so many of us steer clear of indulgent food like cakes and biscuits in an effort to re-balance the scales following the excesses of the festive season.   Happily many of the bakes linked up last month did have a slightly healthier vibe to them, giving you that little treat and allowing you to feel as though you're not missing out, whilst still being kind to your body.

But if you are hankering after something more indulgent then there are certainly ideas and inspiration here for you to check out courtesy of my baking blogging friends who I must thank for continuing to support and link up to #BakingCrumbs.  You guys are the best!

So, if you're tempted by any of the recipes below simply click on the recipe title in green to find out more about the bake and grab the recipe.  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.

If you're curious to learn what we re-created in the Only Crumbs Remain kitchen from all of the bakes linked up this past month do keep reading and all will be revealed!




2 Desserts

 

Lemon cheese cake and fruit crumble

  • See how deep, creamy and absolutely delicious this Baked Lemon Curd Cheesecake looks from Jo at Jo's Kitchen Larder!  It has my name all over it!  Jo kindly shares some helpful tips for making a baked cheesecake to help you get a great result every time!
  • A simple fruit crumble is always a winner with our family.  But have you thought of using panela, an unrefined sugar which has wonderful toffee aromas, to make the crumble even more special!



3 Showstopper Cakes


Cake
  • How enciting does Katie's cake look with that thick, voluptuous shiny ganache slowly dripping down the sides of the coffee & walnut cake she made for her son's birthday! 
  • Anca's vegetarian Chocolate Mousse Cake is so incredibly pretty with that finishing sprinkle of freeze dried strawberries and cocoa nibs.  Definitely a celebration cake to try.
  • Kat's Carrot Cake looks stunning, and is surprisingly easy to make.  She substituted the usual walnuts in favour of pecans, and finished it with a delicious cream cheese frosting, fondant carrots (which can easily be bought from good supermarkets), orange zest and pecans.  What are you waiting for!



4 Vegan Bakes

 

Vegan bakes

(clockwise from top left)
  • Brownies should always be chocolatey, delicious, moreish and satisfying,  just like these vegan Black Bean Brownies which I made with added walnuts.  Don't be put off by the fact that they're made with pulses - trust me, nobody ever knows that they're there!
  • I'm sure you'll be as fascinated by Choclette's Tiger Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies as I am.  Not only are they vegan and gluten free, but they're made with tiger nut flour!  Yes I'd not heard of it either but I'm definitely going to search some out.
  • I'll let you pop over to the recipe to find out the 'secret ingredient' of our super yummy Vegan Peanut Butter & Dark Chocolate Blondies!  You're likely to have some in the cupboard already!
  • I just love old fashioned recipes like Nico's vegan Tea Loaf who blogs over at Yumsome.  It's such an incredibly easy loaf cake to make, and yet I imagine it to be packed with so much flavour.

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