Saturday, 14 July 2018

Strawberry Cupcakes

These Strawberry Cupcakes are super pretty.  The small strawberry cakes are pack with strawberry yumminess from the freeze dried strawberries in the sponge cake, the strawberry jam hiding in the centre of the cake, to the fresh strawberries used as the crowning glory to the homemade strawberry buttercream frosting.  They're perfect for those who love this popular summer red berry. 

How to make Strawberry Cupcakes finished with a homemade strawberry frosting

With the Wimbledon finals being held this weekend what better fruit to use in a bake than the humble and ever popular strawberry.

I'm sure we'd all agree that strawberries are great served simply with some cream, or ice cream, but when summer fruits bring a fantastic pop of colour, amazing flavour, and wonderful aroma it'd be churlish not to use them in a strawberry recipe too, just like our very yummy Strawberry and Basil Upside Down Cake.

Strawberry and basil upsidedown cake

Our strawberry cupcakes are packed with strawberry yumminess.  We're talking freeze dried strawberries in the cake batter, a hidden pocket of strawberry jam in their centre, a swirl strawberry frosting made with fresh strawberries, and of course the crowning glory is a fresh strawberry.
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Thursday, 5 July 2018

Lime Curd Meringue Cupcakes

Inspired by the classic lemon meringue pie, our Lime Curd Meringue Cupcakes are equally delicious.  A homemade lime curd fills the centre of the cupcakes which are then topped with an Italian Meringue before they're briefly toasted to give a tempting colour to the meringue frosting.

Italian Meringue topped Cupcakes filled with Lime Curd

Let me tell you that our Lime Curd Meringue Cupcakes are a real winner.   I mean, they are so yummy that you should make them right away (or at least save the recipe ready for the weekend ๐Ÿ˜€).

A beautifully sharp lime curd fills each cake which balances so well against the marshmallow-y soft and sweet Italian meringue.  The meringue creates a tempting eye catching swirl of yumminess.  In fact it's reminiscent of a lemon meringue pie, but better if that's at all possible!

I mean, just look at how tempting they are as the lime curd slowly oozes out of the cupcake once it's bitten into!

Lime Meringue Cupcakes

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Sunday, 1 July 2018

Baking Crumbs - July 2018

Welcome to July'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 June's bakes where I also highlight what I tried from the recipes linked up!   
 

With the wonderful warm dry weather that we've been having here in the UK,  it's pretty unsurprising that last month's Baking Crumbs saw numerous bakes shared which made the most of summer berries and other flavours, like elderflower and Pimms, associated with long summer days.  And for those of you who can never get enough of chocolate (I often count myself in that category) we have 4 yummy chocolatey treats just for you, as well as loads of oter inspiration too!

So, as always, if you're tempted by any of the recipes in the round up below simply click on the recipe title in green to find out more, you can also check out bakes linked up this month by clicking on the thumbnail images found towards the bottom of the post.  And for those of you curious to learn what we re-created in the Only Crumbs Remain kitchen from all of the bakes linked up last month do keep reading and all will be revealed!




Cakes that include alcohol!

 

Cakes that include alcohol
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  • I think the continued gorgeous weather that we've been enjoying here in the UK definitely calls for Kat's Pimms Cake to be made this weekend, I mean how amazing does it look!  It definitely screams of summer! 
  • Sometimes you just have to kick back a little with a G&T in one hand a slice of Louise's Gin & Tonic Drizzle Cake in the other hand!



Recipes which include Blueberries.



recipes which include blueberries
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  • Resembling a doughnut (or is that donut?), Jo's Sweet Blueberry Buns with a Lemon Glaze is a traditional Polish recipe, called Jagodzianki.  It certainly looks like a treat not to miss, I'll be giving them a try once the local bilberries (wild blueberries) have ripened in the coming weeks.
  • I'm just loving the swirl of jam rippling through the centre of Cat's Blueberry Lemon Swirl Loaf Cake, which she also included over the crust too.  It's definitely a great mid-week treat.
  • Jo's American style Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze are a little bit different to the circular scones we're familiar with  here in the UK, but to me they sound heavenly packed with masses of blueberries and finished with a zingy lemon glaze.     



2 Recipes to make with Fresh Strawberries.


Recipes to make with fresh strawberries
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Recipes which use Elderflower Cordial.


Recipes which use elderflower cordial
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  • To mark the royal wedding back in May Anca made an Elderflower & Lemon Cake which sounds glorious sandwiched with a lemon creme pat and finished with an Italian meringue icing as well as edible flowers.
  • Nickki's Vanilla, Lemon, Elderflower & Strawberry Cake looks the perfect cake now that summer has arrived.  It's made with 2 layers of vanilla & lemon sponge, filled with sliced strawberries and an elderflower buttercream. 



4 Yummy Chocolate Recipes.



Yummy Chocolate Recipes
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  • I love the name Puddle Cookies - it just evokes wonderful thoughts of yummy soft cookies and these Chocolate Expresso Puddle Cookies from Kate are certainly no exception.  Being gluten free, dairy free and a great recipe for using up egg whites they definitely look to be the sort of cookie everyone needs in their repertoire. 
  • Macarons.  Yum!  Chocolate Macarons.  Double yum!  Honey Chocolate Ganache.  Triple yum!  Check out Choclette's Chocolate Macaroon with Honeyed Chocolate Ganache recipe and learn her top tip for preventing ganache from splitting!
  • Our easy to make Double Chocolate Cookies certainly aren't shy on chocolate with the whopping 360g of real chocolate in them!
  • How decedent do these Raw Chocolate Snack Squares look from Rebecca at Glutarama - and yet they're jam-packed with loads of healthy fruit, nuts & seeds!
  


Snacks which use Maple Syrup.

 

Snacks which use maple syrup
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  • How about trying Jhul's Maple & Walnut Biscotti, a twice baked Italian biscuit, to accompany your favourite pot of coffee!   
  • Did you know that triangle flapjacks are dangerous?  Don't believe me, then check out Kate's back story to her Chewy Apricot, Apple, Cinnamon & Maple Flapjacks - just remember they're for eating - not throwing! And honestly, when a flapjack looks this good who's going to be throwing them anyway!   



Biscuits with a Twist.

 

Alternative biscuit recipes
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  • I'm really loving the sound of Anca's Ghraiba, a Tunisian biscuit which is really easy to make with a mixture of gram flour (chickpea flour) and plain wheat flour.  Being similar to shortbread I can imagine that they'd melt in the mouth beautifully.
  • We all know how much fun it is to make a Gingerbread House over the Christmas period ... so why not make a Super Cute Beach Hut Cookie House over the summer break like these Amanda made over at Icing Insight.



Illusion Cake Inspiration.

 

Illusion Cake inspiration
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  • Is it a lolly or is it a cake?  I've said it before and I'll say it again, Amanda is such a talented cake decorator - plus she's always more than happy to share her 'tricks of the trade' like with her Seriously Cool Fab Ice Lolly Cake Tutorial.
  • Can you believe this Hipster Af Avocado Toast Cake is actually cake!  I know, Amanda is just egg-cellent!  I know sorry, lol ... though if you want more egg puns do pop over to Amanda's tutorial where she tells us this is cake is perfect for the new cake decorator to try.



4 Must Try Bakes.

 

Recipes to try
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  • Our Coconut & Lime Cupcake recipe uses the tropical flavour combination to yummy effect... though don't blame me if you find yourself singing Harry Nilssons's 'Coconut' all day ๐Ÿ˜
  • If you're torn between making cake or crumble, how about combining the two with Rebecca's Rhubarb & Ginger Crumble Cake which also happens to be vegan and gluten free.  Just pass the custard!
  • I'm a huge fan of Meringue Kisses, they look amazing topping cakes or sandwiched together with a yummy frosting or ganache, but the thing which always gets me is the kink to the top of the kiss - seriously cute. 
  • Packed with apple, grated carrot and cranberries, Johanna's Apple Carrot Muffins, which are vegan and free of refined sugars, look to be a great freezer standby for when the munchies hit!



2 Vegan Savoury Recipes.

 

Vegan Savoury Recipes
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  • Definitely worth pinning ready for some cooler weather are Nico's Perfectly Crispy Vegan Mayo Roast Potatoes.  They look the business having a crispy outside and fluffy on the inside!  Pass me a fork will you!
  • Can you believe that Nico's Meaty BBQ Seitan 'Ribs' are actually suitable for vegans!  With the lovely warm weather we've been enjoying of late here in the UK, they'd be a great choice for some alfresco dining.




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


               
American Style Blueberry Scones with a Lemon Glaze

Like every month, the recipes linked up to June's #BakingCrumbs linky proved tantalising to say the least with so many amazing summer bakes, not forgetting those with chocolate yumminess, nor the enticing roast potatoes from Nico at YumSome which will definitely be made once the weather cools down a degree or ten.

The bake we chose to try was Jo's American Style Blueberry Scones with a Lemon Glaze.  Now, I must admit that I'm not normally a huge fan of traditional scones that we see here in the UK, (I think it's probably because they're served with cream which I'm not a huge fan of - though I must admit that the ones hubby and I had EVERYDAY whilst on honeymoon at the The Drunken Duck Inn, in the Lake District, were quite something!)  so I was quite interested to see (or rather taste) if I preferred them.   

Jo's American styled scones were made ultra tempting with the oodles of blueberries packed into them.  A few of those blueberries oozed their juice a little during the bake creating a scrummy 'jammy' syrup which intensified the blueberry flavour even further.  Being fairly small the oven didn't need to be on long (an important consideration in this hot weather!).  The scones were a doddle to make and had a wonderful delicate crumb which were super light and deliciously fruity, though I must admit that I chose to up the lemony-ness with a little lemon zest added to the scone dough.  Both my Mum & Mr E (Dad's trying to be good and doing really well) weren't the only ones to enjoy them - I have been loving these fruit packed American scones!      

You can find a yummy range of recipes over at Jo's blog,  Jo's Kitchen Larder.


Now onto July'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........

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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Strawberry Tart

Fresh fruit tarts are a classic dessert which make the most of summer produce.  Our Strawberry tart with creme patisserie recipe takes you through how to make each separate component from scratch, though of course feel free to buy a ready made pastry case from your local supermarket if you prefer.

Strawberry Tart with a Creme Patisserie filling

With summer having arrived here in the UK it seems only fitting that I share a delicious fruit tart recipe with you.  Fruit tarts made with a lovely sweet pastry, filled with a gorgeous creme patisserie (pastry custard) and topped with fresh fruits are always such a treat.

And why not finish it off with a drizzle of chocolate - because, you know, it's chocolate!    

Of course the chocolate isn't obligatory but for me it adds that little bit of something 'extra'.


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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Easy Double Chocolate Cookies

This easy chocolate cookie recipe produces a generous sized cookie.  It is packed with yummy chocolate and is both deliciously rich and satisfying. 

How to make Easy Double Chocolate Cookies

Our easy to make Double Chocolate Cookies are a chocolate lover's dream thanks to the oodles of real chocolate in each and every bite!  These cookies not only contain cocoa powder that increases the rich chocolate flavour but also includes both dark and white chocolate.  The white chocolate chips punctuate the cookies giving pockets of sweetness contrasting deliciously against the large cookie, where as the gorgeous stream of melted dark chocolate helps make these cookies super yummy and melt in the mouth good!

In fact the 300g of dark melted chocolate added to these cookies could actually be described as a river rather than a stream!  

Easy Double Chocolate Cookie recipe

Now, if you're not a fan of dark chocolate I must encourage you not to dismiss these cookies.  Both hubby and I aren't fans of dark chocolate and yet we find these cookies to be both moreish and satisfying.  The trick, in our opinion, is to use a semi dark chocolate with something like 54% cocoa solids rather than the truly bitter dark chocolates containing around 70%.  Of course, you could err on the side of caution and use a 50/50 ratio of milk and semi dark chocolate, or even all milk chocolate, if you prefer.

Chocolate Cookies

 

Easy Double Chocolate Cookie recipe.

These Double Chocolate Cookies are super easy to make and develop a gorgeous, and incredibly tempting, crinkle appearance during the bake.  There's no rolling into a 'sausage' nor any chilling required with this cookie recipe.  It's simply a case of melting the butter and chocolate together, adding the eggs and dry ingredients before balling up the dough and baking them!  I mean how easy-peasy is that!

In fact it's so easy-peasy (and of course yummy) that I use a version of this chocolate cookie recipe when I make our Chocolate & Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies.  As undoubtedly delicious as they are, today's cookie recipe gives you a treat which is much bigger with even more chocolate cookie yumminess!     

Chocolate & peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

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Thursday, 7 June 2018

Coconut & Lime Cupcakes

Our Coconut & Lime Cupcake recipe uses the tropical flavour combination to great effect.  They're easy to make, and perfect as a little family treat, shared with friends and work colleagues, or included in a charity bake sale.

Coconut and Lime Cupcake recipe

If you're looking for a treat with the delicious tropical flavours of coconut and lime you've certainly come to the right place.   These cupcakes are deliciously yummy, and when you've made them the once I'm sure it wont be long before you decide to make them again.


Coconut and Lime Cupcake Recipe.

These cupcakes are super easy to make using the classic Victoria Sponge recipe as the base for the batter.   Added to the batter is the finely grated zest of a lime and a nice amount of desiccated coconut, sufficient to support the coconut flavour but not too much to result in a dry cake. 

How to make coconut & lime cupcakes

Once baked and cooled the cakes are filled with a fabulously zesty homemade lime curd and topped with a coconut buttercream frosting and lightly toasted coconut flakes.  Although you might usually pipe your cake frostings to get a lovely swirl, our chosen method of decoration in this instance simply calls for it to be dolloped on (a technical word for you ๐Ÿ˜€) and smoothed out a little with the back of a spoon before finishing with a scattering of toasted coconut flakes.

Tropical cakes filled with lime curd and topped with coconut buttercream frosting.


Coconut Buttercream Frosting.

By far the easiest way to make a coconut flavoured buttercream frosting is by using a pre-flavoured icing sugar, and then making the buttercream frosting in the usual way with butter and lots of beating.  There certainly seems to be quite a few flavoured icing sugars available to buy from local high street shops and supermarkets these days, making the task of getting the right frosting consistency an awful lot easier.  The product we used for our coconut buttercream frosting is by Cake Decor, and is called flavour-ice naturally flavoured icing sugar, (this is not an affiliate link, I've mentioned it simply because I really loved the product) which we picked up from our local supermarket.  As you might expect, though, it is a little more expensive then ordinary icing sugar, but the great twist is that as the flavour is quite robust it's likely that you will be happy to 'dilute' the flavoured icing sugar with regular icing sugar helping to make it go a little further whilst still getting a really delicious clean coconut taste to your frosting.  We were happy with using roughly 2 parts coconut icing to 1 part regular icing sugar.     

How to make Coconut and Lime Cupcakes  filled with lime curd and topped with a coconut buttercream frosting and toasted coconut flakes.


If you decide to make these Coconut & Lime Cupcakes (and why wouldn't you because they're seriously yummy!), you'll surely need to have Harry Nilsson's 'Coconut' playing in the background!  And if you're not familiar with it (like me until an Instagram friend enlightened me) go and have a listen, though I make no apology for it getting in your head and having you singing all day long ๐Ÿ˜„ . 

 

 

How to make Coconut & Lime Cupcakes.


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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Homemade Lime Curd

This lime curd recipe is a delicious alternative to lemon curd.   The curd is easy to make and is perfect spread on a round of toast or included in a number of bakes.  

Homemade lime curd

If you're a fan of lemon curd, I'm sure you'll also love the delicious zesty-ness of lime curd too.  As popular as lemon curd is with many people, myself included, sometimes it's good to ring the changes.


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Friday, 1 June 2018

Baking Crumbs - June 2018

Welcome to June's #BakingCrumbs linky.  Join me in revelling in all things baking by sharing your fabulous baked creations.

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How time flies, or Tempus Fugit as my father-in-law would have said.  It feels as though just a few days have passed since April's #Baking Crumbs round up when I told you of our love for the month of May and introduced Jo, of Jo's Kitchen Larder, as our guest host.

Before I share with you what hubby & I have been up to, I'd like to say a huge thank you to Jo for kindly agreeing to host last month's #BakingCrumbs, I'm sure you'll agree she did a really fabulous job ๐Ÿ˜„ .

Whilst Jo hosted last month Mr E & I kicked back a little and immersed ourselves in springtime.  We spent time at a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust site, Potteric Carr, where we revelled in watching hobby's catch and eat dragon flies on the wing.  We also travelled to Formby (which is maintained by the National Trust), located north of Liverpool, to watch the seriously cute red squirrels, see the famous asparagus fields where the spears grow just an arms length from the sand dunes, and breath in the sea air.  We certainly slept well that night!  We also took my parents out a couple of times including a visit to a local market town, Skipton, and simply enjoyed a slower pace of life.

Yorkshire Ceramics

At the end of April I was back in the pottery studio, Old Stables Studio run by the very talented Edyn, continuing my journey learning to throw clay on the potter's wheel.  It's a whole lot of muddy fun as well as being incredibly satisfying.  You may have noticed that I've started to include some of my pieces in my food photography here on the blog including the small blue handled bowl in the image further down the page!  Some of you may know that I've also opened up a second Instagram page to feature my pottery journey, which I've called Yorkshire Ceramics.    So if you're at all interested in the process of how they're made and would like to see more of what I've been making at the potter's wheel you'll make my day week year if you decide to follow me ๐Ÿ˜˜.



In and amongst all of this, we still found time to check out all of the amazing bakes linked up in May's BakingCrumbs linky hosted by Jo, after all where's the fun if there's no cake and biscuits - even if it's just virtually.

My highlights from May's BakingCrumbs

Do check out Jo's fab round up of May's bakes, where you'll also see what she and her family tried out from all of the bakes shared  - let's just say it's a fascinating flavour combo!   For me there were so many amazing bakes linked up from a down-right indulgent Salted Caramel Popcorn Cake from Debbie at Proper Foodie, an inspiring biscuit painting masterclass from Amanda at Icing Insights, a tantalising Lemon & Buttermilk Traybake cake from Jenny at Mummy Mishaps, to a fabulous Savoury Upside Down Cake from Kate at Gluten Free Alchemist.  After all, I'm sure you know how much I love an upside down cake!

   


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


               
'Best Flapjacks Ever' from Apply to Face Blog

With well over 30 brilliant bakes linked up there was a lot of indecision, but the bake which tipped the proverbial kitchen scales for hubby & I was Jenny's 'Best Flapjacks Ever' recipe, perfect for when we get out for a walk off the beaten track. 

Jenny's flapjack recipe is definitely a cut above most others.  As with all flapjack recipes it's packed with oats, sugar and butter - but the fabulous, and ooh so yummy, twist is that she includes both light and dark soft brown sugars, along with the usual golden syrup, to introduce a caramel taste.  And if that wasn't enough, she exaggerates the caramel flavour even further by boiling the sugars and butter on the hob for a minute or two.  I mean who could resist a slice (or three) of a flapjack with a toffee like flavour that is firm on the outside and soft on the inside!  In fact, I had to show an inordinate amount of self restraint whilst taking the picture!  Seriously!  I was just glad that I had the right camera settings and the composition as I wanted so I could finish off the piece I'd already bitten into before grabbing another slice!

And just to add weight to Jenny's recipe title, 'Best Flapjacks Ever', after sharing what remained of the flapjack with hubby's work colleagues (we'd both end up the size of a house end otherwise!), it was described by one colleague as "the best flapjack I have ever had!"

You can find more of Jenny's recipes at Apply to Face Blog, along with lots of hilarious anecdotes that I'm sure many of us can relate to.


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Monday, 28 May 2018

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Cauliflower crust pizzas are a delicious alternative to the traditional bread dough pizza crust.  They are low carb, also known as keto, and perfect for those following a gluten free diet.  Not only are they easy to make I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised by how tasty and satisfying they are.   

Cauliflower crust pizza recipe with roasted butternut squash, goats' cheese & thyme

It's no secret that both Mr E & I enjoy our carbs, from pasta and rice, roast and mash potatoes, through to crackers and homemade breads including, of course, the bread dough crust of our pizza.  But a few weeks ago we had a moment of revelation, and we've not looked back since!

It was all down to a cauliflower crust pizza!

You see, I'd seen a recipe for cauliflower crust pizza in Sainsbury's Fresh magazine, and being fully aware of the growing love throughout the foodie world for cauliflower rice I really fancied giving it a try, it looked so tasty.

Cauliflower rice

Hubby, bless him, wasn't too convinced, to be honest, but was happy enough for me to 'play' with the cauliflower rice and construct what appeared to be a pizza base with it, whilst probably thinking to himself that we can easily have some soup and bread if said 'pizza' was a disaster.    

Very happily our first foray into the world of cauliflower rice and cauliflower crust pizzas was far from a disaster.  In fact it totally rocked!  Even Mr E was surprised by how much he enjoyed it.  We've now tried them on 3 or 4 different occasions and thoroughly enjoyed them, though with one exception (but more about that shortly), and have included another cauliflower crust pizza in this week's meal plan.

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