Sunday, 30 April 2017

Chocolate Orange Magic Cake

Wow family & friends with this chocolate orange magic cake.  It's a tray bake style bake, which is equally delicious as it is interesting.  Magic cakes are relatively easy to make, using one batter to produce a cake with three layers.

A magic cake recipe, a relatively simple cake made with one batter to produce a three layered cake.

One batter.  One cake.  Abracadabra.  Three layers.  It's a magic cake!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Pear & Almond Tart

With a classic flavour combination, this Pear and Almond Tart not only looks inviting but also tastes amazing.  This frangipane tart, which was glazed with a little apricot jam to produce a wonderful sheen to the bake, was made to mark #BakeACakeForBowelCancerAwarenessMonth.

Pear and Almond Tart recipe

Cancer.  It's a word which conjures fear and dread in the vast majority of us.  Being a disease which can affect any part of our body, it's something which most of us will be familiar with, either having experienced it ourselves or through having a family member or friend who's been affected by it.

Now, I don't often talk about melancholic subjects here on Only Crumbs Remain, after all it is a baking blog.  But when I learnt that April is Be a Star, Bake a Cake for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month I knew instantly that I wanted to embrace it here on the blog.

It's the fourth most common cancer in the UK (and the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK) with over 41,000 people being diagnosed with it each year.   That's 1 in 14 men, and 1 in 19 women. (Information from Bowel Cancer UK).

One of those people was my dad.

17 years ago, back in spring of 2000, we received the news nobody wants to hear.  Dad needed major surgery and 6 months of chemo.  It was a difficult time for all of us, but especially for dad, clearly.  But due to the fantastic skill of the surgeons, oncologists, strength of body (he was only in his early 50's at the time) and mind and a lot of TLC, he came through it.

Happily he's still with us to tell the tale.     
How to make a classic pear and almond tart


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Coffee & Walnut Fudge

This homemade Coffee & Walnut Fudge recipe is far from shy and retiring.  It's robust, packed with flavour, and the coffee flavour cuts through the sweetness of the confectionery beautifully.  It's a great alternative fudge flavour! 

Coffee and Walnut Fudge Recipe

I think it's fair to say that I've gone slightly fudge mad in recent months!   There's been quite a foray into the world of homemade fudge here in the Only Crumbs Remain kitchen.

And why not when it tastes oh so good, is relatively easy to make and lends it's self incredibly well to being the carrier for a host of different flavour combinations.  And if that wasn't enough, let me tell you that friends and family will be your bestest friends ever (bestest ever I tell you 😉) when you share your creation ..... that's assuming you're prepared to share!

How to make Coffee and Walnut Fudge

Just last week another batch was sliced into with Mr E commenting how much more flavoursome it is than shop bought fudge. I openly admit that I used to love treating myself to the occasional bag of shop bought mass produced fudge.  Invariably I would opt for a vanilla fudge, and yes that shop bought fudge was nice.   But since making our own we can honestly say that homemade fudge is far far tastier than the mass produced stuff.

Homemade fudge carries so much flavour!  And this homemade Coffee and Walnut Fudge is definitely no exception.


Thursday, 13 April 2017

Side-by-Side Baking - Meringues

If you've ever wondered if  frozen egg whites produce a better meringue than a fresh, or even pasteurised one, then keep on reading.  In this side-by-side comparison bake I look at meringues, comparing egg whites in four different states to determine if one is better than the other.

A meringue baking comparison, looking at fresh, frozen and pasturised egg whites.

Regulars to Only Crumbs Remain may recall our Rhubarb and Custard Genoise Cake, I know we recall it not least because it was absolutely delicious!  With the numerous egg whites left over from the creme patisserie, meringues seemed to be a bake not far on the horizon.  However, being a little short of time, and conscious that we had a wonderful cake to keep our sweet tooth happy, the egg whites were popped into the freezer for another day.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Raspberry & White Chocolate Meringue Kisses

These Raspberry & White Chocolate Meringue Kisses are as delicious as they are pretty.  They combine a popular flavour combination which works so well accompanied with meringues.      
Raspberry & White Chocolate Meringue Kisses recipe, perfect for a summer party.

These pretty little raspberry & white chocolate meringue kisses came about after carrying out a side-by-side-baking comparison this past week.  The four way look at meringues left me with masses of meringue kisses, which I clearly needed to use in some way.

The dainty shape of these meringues certainly lent themselves to being combined with some good flavours as well as a feminine and girlie colour.  And surely there's no colour more girlie than pink! 

A handful of a few fresh raspberries crushed into some whipped double cream created the perfect shade of pink for sandwiching together these lovely meringue kisses.  And the white chocolate not only complemented the raspberries perfectly, but also helped to protect the meringues from spoiling quickly from the moisture of the raspberry flavoured cream.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Double Chocolate Fudge with Mini Eggs

This Double Chocolate Fudge recipe produces a delicious melt in the mouth confectionery.  The addition of mini eggs not only makes it a perfect recipe for Easter treats, but also introduces a fun pop of colour and a wonderful contrast in texture.  Keep reading too for top visual clues when making fudge without a sugar thermometer.

Double Chocolate Fudge with Mini Eggs recipe

Ooh how I wish I could bring you smelly vision where this Double Chocolate fudge is concerned!  The aroma of chocolate filtering through the house whilst this fudge bubbles away, and for a number of hours afterwards, is delightful.
Of course the highlight of this Double Chocolate Fudge with mini eggs doesn't end there!  It gives a wonderful melt in the mouth experience and the mini eggs bring a great contrast of texture too.  If you love homemade fudge, trust me, you'll love this one.  It's sheer bliss!