Monday, 1 October 2018

Baking Crumbs - Oct 2018

Welcome to October's #BakingCrumbs linky!  This month I'm sharing some sad, yet exciting, news with you as well as showcasing 15 autumn recipes that are perfect to try now that summer has passed for another year.  Also, find out which recipe we chose to recreate in the Only Crumbs Remain kitchen. 

Recipes perfect for Autumn

How time flies!

Can you believe that we're already in October; GBBO is about half way through, Strictly has started and the shops are already gearing up for (I'll say it quietly) Christmas with mince pies and the likes on the shelves!  For me, we're still very much in Autumn and I'd like to celebrate that wonderful season which is packed with crunchy leaves underfoot, bonfire night, and darkening cosy evenings with 15 fabulous recipes that were shared in the #BakingCrumbs linky last month, hosted by the lovely Jo, which are perfect for a spot of Autumn baking.


But first, some news...


I'll come straight out with it rather than dressing it up.

I have decided to hang up my blogging apron. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

It's a decision that I've taken with a heavy heart, but after three and a half years of blogging (I'll say it again, time flies!) I feel the time is right.  A significant proportion of my time and thoughts now are tied up with my new found love of working with clay and 'throwing' at the potter's wheel.  Sadly there aren't enough hours in the day to do everything, as much as I'd love to, so something has to give.

As sad as I feel to leave my blogging antics behind I feel the time is right to embrace the clay and take the exciting, yet scary, initial steps to sell a few pieces, though more about that shortly.

During my time blogging I've learnt an enormous amount from how to take a reasonable picture, through to an incredible amount of techie stuff, and of course have seriously upped my baking game to make a some delicious treats and bakes in that time.  Even better than that though I've also met, virtually speaking, some wonderful people who are kind in so many ways.  I shall really miss my blogging buddies, who all encourage, rally and cheer. I sincerely hope we shall keep in touch ๐Ÿ˜˜.

I've also dearly loved receiving wonderful comments from readers, either on social media or via email, who have tried my bakes and loved them.  It was always such a lift to my day to receive messages like that, not to mention those who have asked if I could bake for their wedding and family events!  Such a compliment!

Of course, being a huge fan of baking (that shall never change), I shall still be getting the flour and sugar out of the cupboard and whipping up a few treats.  It just won't be quite as often as it was.  I think my trouser buttons may appreciate that!  And of course being a fan of Instagram I shall still be sharing my bakes over on the grid (go on, give me a follow if you don't already!)

And whilst you're following me on Instagram, did you know I also have another Instagram page called Yorkshire Ceramics all about my pottery antics!  If you like the sorts of pieces that I make (small plates and bowls that are perfect either for kitchenware or food photography, containers and bud bases and the likes) you might like to check out my Etsy shop too, also called Yorkshire Ceramics.  A little heads up for you now, there will be a shop update in a few days time, so keep your eyes peeled and your fingers crossed that everything survives the intense heat of the glaze firing!

Greenware bowls, containers and a bud vase about to be fired. Delicate bisqueware about to be glazed.

So, I bid you a fond farewell, though I hope it's more au revoir rather than goodbye ๐Ÿ‘‹



But what about the Baking Crumbs linky?


Thankfully the ever so lovely Jo of Jo's Kitchen Larder has agreed to continue hosting the linky, thank you Jo it means a lot.  The Baking Crumbs linky is now her baby, so I do hope you will continue to give her your support and continue to link up your bakes in the months to come.


Will I still be able to access your recipes?


Yes, you certainly can for the time being.  Although I shalln't be bringing new content and recipes to Only Crumbs Remain, the blog will still remain on line for you to grab the recipes that you love.  Feel free to print them off if you like them for future reference, as in March (2019) the URL subscription will expire and at that point it will be unlikely that I will renew it.



15 Autumn Recipes.



So, after that bombshell, with my eyes wiped, let's enjoy some lovely autumn recipes.  As always if something tempts you simply click on the recipe title in green to be taken to the recipe post.


Desserts to make in Autumn
 (clockwise from top left)
  • I ask you, what's not to love about a rustic homemade rhubarb galette (a fancy French term for a pie made without a pie tin).   As Debbie, from Proper Foodie, tells us they're super easy to make, very forgiving  and perfect for serving with lashings of custard. 
  • Just check out that colour!  It's all courtesy of blackberries!  I can highly recommend using some, if you have some left over from foraging, in Sylvie's Blackberry Upside Down Cake.  
  • I'm sure that you'll agree that Nickki's Chocolate sour Cream Banana Cake looks sooooo very tempting!
  • I think most people enjoy a lemon bake of some kind, but have you ever teamed the lemon with thyme?  No?  Well both Cat and I can highly recommend you do!  They work so incredibly well together, so do check out her recipe for Lemon & Thyme Drizzle Traybake.



Biscuit and cookie recipes
 (clockwise from top left)
  • If you're feeling in need of a cookie, allow me to introduce you to Jhules' Chocolate Chunk Marshmallow Cookies!  Chubby, chewy, crispy on the edge and ooey gooey yumminess from the marshmallows.  And if that wasn't enough there is chocolate in every single bite!  What are you waiting for! 
  • Brandy Snaps, like these from Jacqui, would be a great treat during the chillier days with the warming heat of ginger and a little brandy in them too.  If you've ever wondered how to make them check out Jacqui's clear step by step recipe.  Not only does she she share her top tips, but she also tells us that they're a regional biscuit from Yorkshire - my neck of the woods! 
  • If you're a fan of custard creams, how about taking them to the next level and adding a few chunks of white chocolate to the dough like Helen did with these Custard & White Chocolate Biscuits.  They're super easy to make too, even her young son found these a doddle!
  • My mouth is watering at the thought of Kate's Roasted Fruits Flapjack .  The aroma whilst a punnet or two of late summer fruits are roasted sounds amazing - and the flapjack must taste amazing once the fruits with their concentrated flavours are added to the flapjack mixture and baked.


Recipes to try
(clockwise from top left)
  • With autumn here and plenty of windfall apples about Choclette's Apple Cider Scones, made with delicious and easier to digest wholemeal spelt flour, are definitely the way to go.
  • I'm totally loving the sound of these Double Chocolate CreamCheese Muffins from Jo, not only are they packed with chocolate yumminess coming from the cocoa powder and chocolate chips, a cream cheese mixture flavoured with vanilla is swirled through the batter bringing even more visual and flavour interest.  They'd be great for an autumn pic-nic or lunch box treat.
  • Given that most of us love fruit crumble, I think Jenny's Peach Melba Crumble Traybake is a total winner.  It ticks so many boxs - it's seasonal, a great bake for using up fruit, easy to make, and perfect served as a cake with a cuppa or as a dessert with some custard!
  • How does a piece (ok, let's be honest here, a handful or two) of this super easy Malteser's Fudge from Kat grab you?  Yes?  Then you'll need to grab her recipe (click the green text) which is super easy and involves no boiling or sugar thermometers!


Autumn recipes
(left to right)
  • With autumn already here and the winter months fast approaching I'm sure it's not just Debbie (and both Mr E & I for that matter) who crave carbs.  Even carb on carb meals!  So how about making those carb heavy meals a little healthier with Debbie's Spicy Sweet Potato Beef Burgers, and she even shares another variation making them perfect for vegetarians too.
  • Pumpkin recipes with their delicious spicing are starting to make an appearance now that autumn is here.  This Pumpkin & Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread from Jo looks an absolute belter and pretty straight forward to make too! 
  • Imagine those lazy weekend breakfasts.  Coffee.  Tea.  Pain au Chocolate.  Well, as luck would have it, Jenny over at Apply to Face Blog has shared all of her hints and tips for making the most amazing Pain au Chocolate that are packed with wonderful flaky buttery laminations!





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

 

Easy Malteser Fudge recipe

       
The recipe we chose to try from those linked up this month was Kat's Malteser's Fudge.

Those who know me or are familiar with Only Crumbs Remain will no doubt know of my love of making homemade fudge.  There are numerous traditional fudge recipes here on the blog, but being traditional they call for the sugar, butter and cream to be boiled to within an inch of their life!  Kat's Malteser Fudge demanded non of that.  No exessive heat.  No splatters from molten sugar.  No aching arms from continuous stirring and beating.  Just a simple melting recipe, a quick stir and Bob's your Uncle (who ever Bob is!)

Needless to say this fudge, which is studded with Maltesers, didn't hang around long.  Friends at clay class soon demolished the half tray I shared with them, whilst the exact same response was shown when Mr E shared the remainder with his office colleagues!     

You can find lots of other great treats and bakes over on Kat's blog, The Baking Explorer.



Now onto October'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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Monday, 20 August 2018

15 Blackberry Recipes

Grab these 15 blackberry recipes for inspiration if you've been foraging in the hedgerows.  There's something to suit everybody from fabulous drinks to enjoy on a late summer's evening to savoury recipes as well as plenty of dessert and snack ideas for using blackberries.   

15 blackberry recipes that you need!

Beautiful, black, juicy, blackberries are seemingly on every hedgerow at the moment.  So if you've been foraging for some and are wondering what to make with blackberries then wonder no longer!  Today, with the help of some of my food blogging friends, I am sharing with you 15 brilliant blackberry recipes.

As good as a blackberry crumble is (and trust me I'd be the first in the queue for a portion of crumble with custard!), blackberries can be used in a host of different recipes that would be great from breakfast through to supper, as well as a little tipple at the end of the day!     

If a recipe catches your eye simply click on the recipe title in green.


 Blackberries for Breakfast

 

Blackberry recipes suitable for breakfast
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  • This Blackberry Oaty Traybake from Lucy at Baking Queen 74 oozes blackberry juice and is packed with slow release energy courtesy of the oats making it perfect for breakfast.  But of course it would also be great sliced up for a late summer picnic or simply included in a lunch box for a delicious treat. 
  • Made with just 5 store cupboard ingredients this Blackberry Smoothie from Mabintu at Recipes from a Pantry is thick, creamy and makes a great breakfast snack.  As an added plus Mabintu shares suggestions for ingredient substitutions too. 


Blackberries in Savoury Recipes


Savoury blackberry recipes
(L>R)


Treats and Snacks using Blackberries 

 

Treats and snacks using blackberries.
(L>R)
  • These Blackberry and Pear Cupcakes from myself at Only Crumbs Remain make great use of autumn fruits.  The cupcakes are filled with a homemade blackberry and pear jam, and topped with an easy mascarpone and white chocolate frosting.
  • Inspired by her Polish mother, these Blackberry Prune Squares from Monika at Everyday Healthy Recipes are low in fat and sugar, and are perfect as a snack.
  • These Blackberry Lime Cupcakes from Lizet at Chipa by the Dozen are packed with berries and are topped with a cream cheese frosting which carries a pretty pink colour courtesy of a little blackberry juice.


Desserts using Blackberries

 

Dessert ideas using blackberries.
(Clockwise from top left)
  • I'm really digging the colours in this Blackberry Panna Cotta Tart with Passion Fruit from Sylvie at The  Foodie Journey - plus having been made with with agar agar it's suitable for vegetarians too. 
  • Imagine a layer of juicy blackberries covered with creamy rice pudding which has a crunchy caramelised crust!  Sounds good, yes?  Then you need this Blackberry Rice Brulee recipe from Jacqui at Recipes Made Easy.
  • A wonderful pimped up frangipane of Blackberry, Almond and Rosemary Tart from Jacqui at Recipes Made Easy would be great served as a treat with a cup of coffee or tea as well as a dessert with family and friends.  
  • This Blackberry and Almond Cake recipe from myself here at Only Crumbs Remain is super easy.  It makes great use of seasonal blackberries, teaming them with almonds to make a really great flavour combination.




Blackberries in Drinks


Blackberries in drink ideas
 (L>R)


 Blackberry Conserves

 

Blackberry jam recipes
(L>R)
  • Jam making is one of the best ways of preserving foraged fruits, like blackberries, such as this Easy Blackberry and Apple Jam recipe from Camilla at Fab Food 4 All.
  • Our Blackberry & Pear Jam from myself at Only Crumbs Remain uses nature's free bounty to make a tasty preserve for just a few pence.  Not only is homemade jam easy to make and can be used in lots of ways, this blackberry jam recipe uses 25% less sugar than most!


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Monday, 13 August 2018

Blackberry and Almond Cake

This Blackberry Cake recipe is super easy.  It makes great use of seasonal blackberries, teaming them with almonds to make a really great flavour combination.

Blackberry and Almond Upside Down Cake

Blackberry season has arrived in the UK.  Just last week when Mr E and I went for a lovely walk through our local countryside in Yorkshire it was evident that those gorgeous dark fruits that we all know and love were ripening quickly in the continued warm weather.

Blackberries

Having foraged for some the question was what to make with blackberries.  For those of you prepared to hang fire for inspiration I'll be sharing an awesome collection of blackberry recipes soon, but for those of you who may be looking for some ideas for using blackberries now then how about trying our Blackberry and Pear Cupcakes, which were filled with this scrummy Homemade Blackberry and Pear Jam, and or perhaps a Blackberry and Pear Frangipane Tart.    

Homemade Blackberry and Pear Jam

But in the mean time, today I'm sharing with you the blackberry cake recipe that we rustled up to make good use of those free berries.
 
Our Blackberry and Almond Cake is in fact an upside down cake (and if you've followed Only Crumbs Remain for a few months I'm sure you will know of my love of such cakes!)  Blackberries are a really great soft fruit to use in an upside down cake.  What's not to love when they produce such a fabulous colour contrast to the almond cake, not to mention the aroma whilst the cake bakes, as well as the 'lick your lips' yummy flavour. ๐Ÿ˜‹

Blackberry and Almond Upside Down Cake
  
Blackberry and Almond Cake is definitely a winner in my book.
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Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Baking Crumbs - August 2018

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

24 bakes from July's #BakingCrumbs linky, with lots of #BakingInspiration with #ChocolateRecipes, #Recipes that use #SeasonalBerries, as well as #IdeasForBakingWithChildren and some #NoBakeDesserts..

With the weather here in the UK having been incredibly dry and hot these past few weeks many people have been reluctant to turn their oven on, myself included.  Nobody wants to make their home feel any hotter than it already does,  so it was amazing that some braved the heat and got their bake on last month with some seriously scrummy ideas.  We're talking mouth watering recipes which make the most of summer berries, yummy chocolate bakes, lots of recipes which are perfect for getting the children involved with, as well as some no-bake desserts which would be perfect if the weather turns hot again!       

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 the 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!

But first ...


#BakingCrumbs is changing!

 

I know many of you know first hand how much fun it is to host a linky: getting to know the bloggers who join in each month, drooling over their bakes, as well as sharing that inspiration on social media and here on the blog. But the flip side of that coin is how much time it can command.

So, Jo of Jo's Kitchen Larder who did an amazing job guest hosting #BakingCrumbs for me back in May has kindly agreed to be my co-host!  Yay ๐Ÿ˜!

#BakingCrumbs will remain a monthly linky for all of your fabulous bakes, with Jo and myself taking it in turns to be the hostess.  We will both continue to comment, share and pin your bakes, as well as re-making one of the recipes in our own kitchen to showcase in the roundup.  Although much of the way that #BakingCrumbs has functioned over the past year will remain unchanged, I'm afraid that the round up will change.  We will produce a 'highlight' style round up aiming to include as many bakes as possible.

Both Jo and I hope you understand the reason for the changes and continue to join in with the baking fun.

So onto the bakes ...  
    


Fun Recipes for Baking with Children.

 

Fun recipes for baking with children.
(L>R)
  • I just love how Kate's gluten free Jammy Thumb Print Cookies transport me back to my childhood - they were such a fun bake back then and they're still a fun bake now.
  • Making your own homemade Mini Pizza's, just like these from Debbie at Proper Foodie, is a great activity to keep the children entertained during the long summer holidays.
  • If you're after a super easy and yummy cake with a fun swirl through the middle, how about trying Cat's Raspberry & Vanilla Swirl Sheet Cake!



Recipes using Summer Berries.

 

Recipes using summer berries.
(clockwise from top left)
  • Colourful summer berries are great used in bakes right now, just like Jo's Strawberry Muffins with White Chocolate Drizzle.
  • Jenny's Strawberry Shortcake are an American version of our much loved British scones, but  even lighter.   Don't they look fabulous with the strawberries poking out from beneath the generous dollop of double cream!
  • My Strawberry Cupcakes are packed 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! Strawberry heaven!
  • With summer berries in abundance how about trying Helen's super easy Berry Crumble Slice!  With masses of summer berries topped with a crumble, what's not to like!



Bakes that include Veggies. 

 

Bakes that include veggies.
(L>R)




Yummy Chocolate Recipes.

 

Yummy Chocolate Recipes.
(Clockwise from top left)
  • This Double Chocolate Cake with Spiced Pears from Sylvie at The Foodie Journey, looks incredibly inviting and having read that there is real chocolate alongside a great choice of warming spices I'll definitely be giving it a try when autumn arrives here in the UK!   
  • Chocolate Muffins are always a winner, just like these which Helen made with her young children.
  • If you're a fan of the humble Bourbon Biscuit (and I mean, who isn't!), you need to check out Jenny's Bourbon Biscuit Cake.  It's totally inspired.  And looks totally yum!
  • For those who love Middle Eastern Flavours these Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cardamom from Choclette, are definitely worth checking out.  Plus she's also hosting a fab giveaway of quality Pacari chocolate, open until 4th August 2018. 




No Bake Dessert Ideas.

 

No Bake Desserts
(from L>R)
  • Does the sound of Gluten Free Alchemist's no bake Lemon Ginger and Dark Chocolate Tart with its 'explosion of flavours and textures which compliment and contrast each other, whilst exciting each and every taste bud' get your mouth watering at the mere thought of it?  It does mine!
  • If you're lucky enough to have got your hands on some yummy seasonal gooseberries Glutarama's Gooseberry Fool Crumble could be just the recipe you need.   Plus it's free of gluten, dairy and eggs.
  • Caroline's Oreo Marshmallow Fluff Cheesecake is another great no-bake dessert perfect for these warm summer evening that we've been enjoying.




Showstopper Cakes


Showstopper Cakes
 (L>R)
  • Kat's White Forest Cake, made with white chocolate, seasonal British cherries, plus a hit of kirsch, is a delicious twist on the popular Black Forest Gateau.
  • Do you remember those retro Iced Gem Biscuits that were really dinky, cute and, erm, yummy?  Well here's a cake version from the very talented Amanda who shares here tips and tricks in her Retro Iced Gem Cake Tutorial.
  • How inviting does Nickki's Chocolate Cherry Drip Cake look.  I mean, with 4 layers of indulgent soft fudgey chocolate cake sandwiched together with cherry conserve, and covered with a beautiful pink cherry vanilla buttercream, seductive drips of chocolate ganache and finished with fresh juicy cherries, what more do you need!



Recipes with Meringue / Smores. 

 

Recipes finished with meringue / smores
(L>R)




Recipes from Around the World.

 

Recipes from around the world
(L>R)
  • If you're looking for something a bit different then Anca's Rijstevlaai recipe, a sort of rice pudding in a pie (made with a yeasted pastry to keep it lovely and soft) which hails from Belgium could be just the thing. 
  • I realise that we're in middle of a wonderful summer here in the UK, but in Australia, where Johanna the author of Green Gourmet Giraffe lives, they're in the depths of winter - the perfect excuse surely to have friends and family round for a Christmas in July roast dinner including a Nut Roast with Herb and Tomato Layers (and candy cane pizzas for the children!).  Surely one to pin ready for the festive season. 
  • How does a French Apple Cake, from Jhuls at The Not So Creative Cook grab you?  It definitely gets the thumbs up from me. 




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

 

Berry Crumble Bars from Helen at Cooking with my Kids.
          
The bake we chose to try from those linked up this month was Helen's Berry Crumble Bars.

The thought of seasonal berries, an easy to make dough, and a crumble topping sounded just up my street - after all I'm a huge fan of fruit crumbles and trying it as a traybake was singing loud and clear to me.  In fact having some partially defrosted fruits to hand (I ended up using a mixture of raspberries and mango pieces) after defrosting our freezer proved to be a really great way of putting them to good yummy use. 

It certainly lived up to expectation, and being a crumble fan those expectations were high.  It was simply divine.  The fruit juices turned deliciously sticky and jammy around the edge.  The base and crumble topping (made with the same dough) was wonderfully buttery as well as a doddle to make too.  It was just the treat we needed after a long day, and soon disappeared when we shared the pieces with hubby's work colleagues.

You can find lots of child friendly recipes over at Helen's blog,  Cooking with my Kids.



Now onto August'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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Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Food Photography Tips

 Find out my top food photography tips.  With tips surrounding equipment, food composition, photography props and more, this post is for those new to food blogging and food photography as well as those looking to up their photography skills a little. 

Food Photography Tips for those new to blogging or looking to up their food photography game.game.a


The importance of food photography in the foodie world can't be underestimated, it's a quick visual way to 'sell' a recipe at a glance.  The image needs to entice.  It needs to tempt.  It needs to draw people in.    

Since starting my food blog over 3 years ago my food photography images have transformed.  In the early days my photography skills were frankly non-existent with images that I was embarrassed by and were uploaded as a mere thumbnail.  I now take images which are clear, inviting and even seductive, and am proud to put my name to them. 

I'm the first to admit that there is always something new to learn, so although I'm usually happy with my images, which are (mostly) accepted by FoodGawker (if you're not familiar with FoodGawker it's notoriously difficult to have work accepted by them to feature on their site) I realise that there are many people out there who are far more talented than myself.  My tips on food photography that I'm sharing below are mainly aimed at those new to the world of food blogging as well as those looking to up their game a little.



My top 10 food photography tips at a glance (though keep reading for more detail!):

  1. Invest in a DSLR, if possible;
  2. Practice, aim to come off the auto setting, and learn how to read the camera's histogram;
  3. Use a tripod;
  4. Turn off the flash, room lights and make the most of the natural day light.  Be prepared to take your pictures earlier in the day during the winter months;
  5. Play around with the composition, and aim to use the most suitable aspect for what you're photographing;
  6. Collect photography props to add interest and context to your images;
  7. Make use of what you have around you.  If you don't have a reflector, for instance, use a piece of plain white paper instead;
  8. Pay attention to detail;
  9. Take more photographs than the two or three you actually need.  I regularly have far more than a hundred from a basic shoot.  
  10. Check the images before dismantling the composition and eating the food! 



Photography Equipment.


Without doubt my food photography game wouldn't be where it is now if we hadn't invested in our camera and a few other pieces of equipment. 

Cherry and Almond Fudge taken using my old compact camera Chocolate and Chestnut Meringue Sandwiches taken using my DSLR using the auto setting.

Investing in our camera took me from this Cherry and Almond Fudge (on the left, which I've now re-shot) to these Chocolate and Chestnut Meringue Sandwiches over night!  As you can see the composition is very similar, but the upgrade from my compact camera that I had been using for some time to an entry level DSLR made a significant difference in a very short space of time.

Don't get me wrong, I didn't suddenly know how to use it, far from it given that I spent the initial few months working on the auto setting.  But investing in a camera and realising what I could potentially achieve with it was what I needed to ignite my creativity so far as my food photography is concerned.

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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
(L>R)

  • 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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