Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Apricot & Almond Shortbread Slices

Consisting of three separate layers, this Apricot & Almond Shortbread recipe is all about varying texture.  And of course flavour! 

How to make almond and apricot shortbread

How does short crumbly almond shortbread, topped with delicious fruity apricot 'jam', and finished with amaretti biscuits and flaked almonds sound?

Well, for me it sounds sheer bliss, and given how well these pimped up slices of shortbread have been received amongst family and neighbours they clearly feel the same too! 

Almond and Apricot Traybake Shortbread recipe

This easy traybake recipe (and yes, it is easy with no rolling out, creaming or folding) is all about texture.  Starting from the bottom up is a layer of super short almond shortbread which almost melts in the mouth.  Then comes the soft fruity taste of apricots, their beautiful colour peeking temptingly through the crumble of amaretti biscuits and flaked almonds.

How I wish I had another slice right now!

Almond Shortbread topped with an apricot jam and finished with a crumble of amaretti biscuits.

In fact, as it takes less than an hour to make, including the bake time, you can find me in the kitchen whilst I rustle up another batch just in time for an afternoon treat! 

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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Raspberry & White Chocolate Ganache Tarts

These pretty no bake tarts are easy to make and a great make ahead dessert when entertaining.  With a reduced fat ganache filling they're kinder to the waistline but still bring all the yumminess expected of a chocolate ganache dessert.  Keep reading to watch a short video showing how easy they are to make.

Reduced Fat Raspberry & White Chocolate Ganache Tart recipe

One of my favourite flavour pairings has to be raspberry & white chocolate.  Sharp raspberries teamed with creamy sweet white chocolate, to me, is utter bliss.  Although I'm sharing with you this super easy and incredibly yummy Raspberry and White Chocolate Ganache Tart which also happens to be reduced fat (though more about that in a moment), you may also like to check out our other Raspberry and White Chocolate recipes which are sure to get your taste buds dancing if you too are a fan!  We're talking Raspberry & White Chocolate mini trifle, Raspberry & White Chocolate Fudge which always goes down a treat, and a super easy peasy Raspberry and White Chocolate Upsidedown Cake, to name just a few.

Raspberry & White Chocolate Mini Trifles Homemade Raspberry & White Chocolate Fudge Raspberry & White Chocolate Upside Down Cake

Back to today's recipe, reduced fat Raspberry & White Chocolate Tarts.

These pretty tarts are no bake and super easy to make.  We're talking of a lovely biscuit base that is filled with a luscious raspberry and white chocolate ganache and decorated, if you like, with a little melted chocolate, freeze dried raspberry pieces and white chocolate curls.

It was amazing the light work our new high speed blender, the Froothie Optimum Air Vac2 Vacuum blender (affiliate link), made of turning the biscuits to fine crumbs (a task I used to carry out with a rolling pin) and the raspberry mixture super smooth without any trace of those pesky raspberry seeds (I'd would often call on the help of fine sieve to help remove them though there would usually be one or two that got through the mesh some how!)  If you are looking out for a high speed blender you may like to check out my honest and comprehensive review of the Froothie Vac2 Vacuum blender.     

How to make easy make ahead ganache tarts

As I've already mentioned, these tarts are a reduced fat dessert recipe.  By substituting the usual double cream in the ganache for cashew milk we've been able to reduce the total fat content per serving by just over 7.5g (and the saturated fat by 5g).  Granted it's not a massive reduction, after all these Raspberry & White Chocolate Ganache Tarts aren't designed to be an everyday sort of treat, but as a certain supermarket likes to remind us "every little helps!"

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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Baking Crumbs - April 2018 round up

 Welcome to this month's #BakingCrumbs post.  It contains a full round up of April's bakes to whet your appetite and I also highlight what I recreated from the recipes linked up.  Keep reading to find out what's new for May!  


It's been great this past month to see the continued range of inspiring bakes linked up to #BakingCrumbs.  There really is something for everyone from quick and easy cookies and traybakes, free-from recipes and even spectacular illusion cakes, plus even a few savoury recipes too.  It's always lovely to see you guys continue to share your bakes each and every month,  as well as welcome new faces to the baking fun with Amanda from Icing Insight, Jhuls from The Not So Creative Cook, and Caroline from Caroline Makes. 

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.  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!





What's happening with #BakingCrumbs in May.

 

Well this month I am super excited to announce that #BakingCrumbs has a guest host!  The lovely Jo of Jo's Kitchen Larder has very kindly agreed to step in my shoes and host May's linky for me whilst Mr E & I kick back a little and enjoy our favourite month.  I know Jo is super excited to take the reins for the month, I know she's going to be a fabulous 'hostess'.

So if you've been baking and are looking to link up this month, do pop over to Jo's linky post where she's keen to give you a warm welcome. 





April's Baking Crumbs Round-up



3 Tempting Cupcakes


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  • If you're a fan of Maltesers, and frankly who isn't, then you need to check out Kat's Malteser Teaser Cupcakes!
  • Our Jammie Dodger Cupcakes are perfect for those who love the popular sandwich biscuit.  Think of them as an extra yummy pimped up treat with a flavour combo of raspberry & white chocolate.
  • Made with a rich Devil's Chocolate sponge, containing an Easter surprise in the centre, Nickki's Cadbury Creme Egg Cupcakes look very tempting with the two-tone vanilla frosting and Creme egg decoration.  The recipe definitely needs pinning ready for next Easter's inspiration.

 

 

2 Muffin Recipes 

 

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  • If you're wondering what to do with the bananas lurking in the fruit bowl, how about teaming them with peanut butter to make Cat's Banana & Peanut Butter Muffins.
  • Our easy & healthy Breakfast Muesli Muffins are packed with goodness.  The muffins are not only perfect for breakfast on the go, but any time you choose. And being full of muesli and a cheeky handful of choc chips every mouthful is different!

     

     

     

     4 Cakes Decorated with Fondant


    (Clockwise from top left)
    • Ready for a jaw dropping moment?  Then check out Amanda's Giant Jammie Dodger Cake.  I'm sure you'll agree that it's such a seriously amazing illusion cake!  Amanda has helpfully shared a detailed step by step guide, complete with images, to help you recreate it for the jammie dodger fan in your life. 
    • Can you believe this dropped icecream is actually cake!  I know!  Amanda rocks with her illusion cakes and she again shares a great tutorial with clear steps & images sharing How to make a Giant Dropped Icecream Cone.
    • Our Cat Cupcakes are a really fun bake. The video tutorial I shared shows how easy they are to make.
    • Containing an undoubtedly morish Devil's Food Cake, Amanda's tutorial sharing How to make a Totally Fetch Mean Girls Cake totally blew me away!

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    Monday, 30 April 2018

    Lemon & Elderflower Cupcakes

    These Lemon & Elderflower Cupcakes are inspired by the forthcoming royal wedding.  They're easy to make and have a lovely delicate flavour.

    How to make Lemon and Elderflower Cupcakes

    I'm sure you won't have missed the excitement building around the forthcoming royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle which is attracting a swarm of media attention!  On the big day itself there is certainly going to be a lot of interest in her choice of wedding gown, but for me the interest will mainly lie with their wedding cake.

    Pretty Lemon & Elderflower Cupcakes

    Now, I'd love to be able to tell you that the Prince and his fiance confided in Only Crumbs Remain regarding the cake's flavour and style, and even asked me to bake their wedding cake, but alas not (phew, can you imagine how nerve racking that would have been 😥!).  From what I understand from newspaper articles and a quick Google search they are breaking away from the traditional fruit cake in favour of spring flavours and have commissioned a Lemon Elderflower Cake.

    Cupcakes filled with lemon curd

    Although we don't know as yet what their Lemon & Elderflower Cake will look like nor how the two flavours are brought to the cake, our cupcakes are a delicious way that you can easily enjoy this fresh and clean flavour pairing.  In fact these pretty cupcakes are perfect for enjoying with family and friends, or even charity bake sales, as well as marking the royal wedding on Saturday 19th May.   
     
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    Friday, 27 April 2018

    Optimum Vac2 Vacuum Blender Review

    Find out what we think of Froothie's latest blender, the Optimum Vac2 Vacuum blender.

    The Optimum Vac2 Vacuum Blender from Froothie

    Being the owner of a somewhat ancient stick blender, which ought to reside in a museum,  I have to confess that I've often felt a little envious of others who have a powerful blender.  I'm sure you know the sort of blenders I mean.  We're talking those which turn fruits into deliciously smooth smoothies in the blink of an eye, chickpeas into the smoothest hummus ever, as well as pulverising nuts to create not only ground nuts but also homemade nut butters!

    Froothie's Vac2 Vacuum Blender

    Having received an email from the lovely people at Froothie (affiliate link) who asked if I'd like to try out their newest blender to hit the market, the Optimum Vac2 Vacuum Blender*,  I couldn't resist setting our old stick blender aside to try something a far more modern & powerful.  The thought of effortless smoothies, guacamole, nut butters, cauliflower rice, and so on, was too much to resist.


    The Optimum Vac2 Vacuum Blender at a glance.

     

    The Optimum Vac2 Blender's control panel

    Froothie's Optimum Vac2 Vacuum Blender (affiliate link) spec list is impressive to say the least.  It is a powerful commercial grade blender which boasts a 2238w motor, comes complete with a stainless steel 6 blade assembly and a generous 2L jug perfect for making the whole family those delicious smoothies which we all enjoy.  The blender can be controlled with either the easy touch preset functions (Smoothie, Veg&Fruit, Nuts, Soup and Pulse, as well as the Vacuum function) or the equally easy manual control where the desired time duration is input and the speed cranked up through 8 settings with the use of a dial.  The Vac2 blender comes complete with a 5 year domestic warranty (which can be increased to 10 years for an addition fee) and is available in 3 colours; red, silver and black. 



    The Vacuum function.

     
    Optimum Vac2 Vacuum Blender


    The exciting thing about Froothie's newest blender is the vacuum function!  No, it's not going to take over Henry's job twice a week, but rather it's a new function which sucks the air from the jug before the contents are blended.  We all know how quickly apples, for instance, discolour when they're sliced or bitten into through contact with the air, known as oxidisation, leading to the breakdown of the nutritional content, and basically looking very unappetising.

    Put simply, when the 70 second vacuum function is used before either the Smoothie or Fruit&Veg functions are selected (there's no need to use it with the other preset functions) the air is drawn out of the jug before being blended which, Froothie claims, gives a longer shelf life to foods where all nutrients are maintained.    

    But is it a gimmick or does it really work?

    Well, I'm unable to say from a scientific point of view because like all households I'm unable to record the quantity of vitamins in our ingredients, but what I can do is share with you a series of pictures which shows two drinks taken over a period of 48 hours, one where the vacuum wasn't used and the other made with the use of the vacuum function.  After all, a picture tells a thousand words.

    Strawberry Smoothie made without using the vacuum function in Froothie's Vac2 blender
    A strawberry smoothie made WITHOUT the vacuum function.  It was stored in the fridge between pictures being taken.

    Raspberry & Mango Smoothie made using the vacuum function in Froothie's Vac2 blender
    A raspberry & mango smoothie made WITH the vacuum function.  It was stored in the fridge between pictures being taken.

    I know which I'd rather drink, and it isn't the strawberry one!


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    Tuesday, 17 April 2018

    Jammie Dodger Cupcakes

    Our Jammie Dodger Cupcakes are perfect for those who love the popular sandwich biscuit.  The cupcakes incorporate the tasty raspberry & white chocolate flavour combo for an extra yummy pimped up treat!

    Jammie Dodger Cupcakes with a raspberry & white chocolate flavour combo.

    I'm sure you're going to love my most recent cupcake recipe which are finished with a cheeky Jammie Dodger.   Having noticed how quickly these cupcakes 'disappered' I think it's safe to say that most people are a fan of Jammie Dodgers, as well as the raspberry and white chocolate flavour combination which is incorporated into these super light and delicious cupcakes.

    Given that Jammie Dodgers are sandwiched together with raspberry jam, it would be rude not to use a little more raspberry jam in these cupcakes.  Not only is it applied as a 'splat' (technical word for you!) to finish off these cupcakes, there is also some more to be found inside the cupcakes too!

    How to make Jammie Dodger Cupcakes

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    Thursday, 12 April 2018

    Cat Cupcakes with video tutorial

    Check out these fun fondant cat cupcakes.  They're made to help raise awareness of the Cat's Protection fundraising initiative, Pawsome Afternoon Teas.  They comprise of a delicious and moist chocolate cupcake which are topped with a chocolate ganache frosting before being decorated as a cute cat with fondant!  Includes video tutorial.

    Fondant cat cupcakes

    I've had so much fun making these cute cat cupcakes, seriously I felt like a giddy two year old again, chuckling as the fondant cat cupcake came to life!  As a baking fanatic (which I'm sure is pretty obvious given that I share a baking blog with you) and a cat lover, these cat cupcakes were right up my street.

    Since being a toddler there's always been a cat or two in my life, and the same is true for Mr E.  These days hubby and I share our home with Chester, a loving, funny, mischievous, sleepy, beautiful Ragdoll cat.  He was just 8 weeks old when we first met him, but it was pretty obvious from the start he was the boy for us when he felt so content that he fell asleep in my hands!  He was just a small ball of fluff back then, and these days he's just, well, a bigger ball of fluff!

    Ragdoll cat

    I'm totally nuts about cats, it doesn't matter if they're moggies or pedigrees, house cats or feral cats, tabby or colour point.  Cats are so endearing, and loving and yet with a blink of an eye they can change from a sleepy lap cat to a predatory killer after a fly, a mouse, a bird, or even a scrunched up piece of paper!  That wild instinct is never far away.


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    Thursday, 5 April 2018

    Breakfast Muesli Muffins

    This easy, healthy muffin recipe is packed with goodness.  The muffins are not only perfect for breakfast on the go, but any time you choose.  We've chosen to call them Breakfast Muesli Muffins, though you could also refer to them as Muesli Muffins or Breakfast Muffins, but what I'm sure we will agree on is how tasty they are!  Every mouthful is deliciously different! 

    Breakfast Muesli Muffin recipe

    If you've embraced the Easter weekend whole heartedly, just like me, with lots of good food and of course chocolate, your body may be feeling in need of something a little more healthy.

    Enter stage left these easy to make Breakfast Muesli Muffins.

    How to make Muesli Muffins

    Being quick and easy to make, and packed with all of the gorgeous fruits and cereals that we commonly find in muesli, these muffins are perfect for breakfast on the run, elevenses ... or simply just because.  In fact, although we've named this recipe Breakfast Muesli Muffins, in truth you can enjoy these at any time of day.  Please don't feel restricted to making these solely for your breakfast 😊.  

    Muffin recipe perfect for breakfast

    This muffin recipe is packed full of goodness.  Courtesy of the ready made muesli bought from our local Sainsburys store there was beetroot, apple and hazelnut, as well as chopped dates, cranberries, pumpkin seeds ... I could go on but suffice to say there was a whole lot of other yummy bits and pieces generously added to the flakes of wheat, spelt, oats and barley.  As you can imagine every mouthful is deliciously different!

    And then let's not forget about the delicious spelt wholemeal flour used in our recipe which brings a lovely nutty flavour, and the panela sugar which makes this muffin recipe free of added refined sugar (though, of course, there may be some refined sugar in the muesli used).

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    Sunday, 1 April 2018

    Baking Crumbs - April 2018

     Welcome to April'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 March's bakes where I also highlight what I recreated from the recipes linked up!   

    March Baking Crumbs on Only Crumbs Remain

    Happy Easter!  I hope you're all enjoying a lovely Easter weekend with friends family and, erm, chocolate!

    March's Baking Crumbs linky clearly saw food bloggers prepare for Easter with the number of wonderful Easter themed bakes linked up from Easter cupcakes, Hot Cross buns (and even Hot Cross Scones!), to numerous ways of baking with mini eggs ... assuming you have any of those deliciously scrummy pastel coloured chocolate mini eggs left over!       

    We'll start the round up with all of the Easter recipe ideas, so if you're tempted simply click on the recipe title in green to find out more.  And even if you're short of baking time this Easter weekend, why not pin the recipe ready for next year's inspiration!  You can also check out bakes linked up this month by clicking on the thumbnail images towards the bottom of the post.

    For those of you curious to learn what we re-created in the Only Crumbs Remain kitchen from all of the bakes linked up in March do keep reading and all will be revealed!




    March's Baking Crumbs Round-up.

    4 Easter Recipes using Mini Eggs

     

    Easter recipes
    Clockwise from top left.


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