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


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.


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).


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.


Thursday, 22 March 2018

Chocolate Mini Eggs with Popping Candy

You're going to love these Easter Chocolate Mini Eggs which are filled with Popping Candy!  They're easy to make and are a whole lot of fun to eat!

Chocolate Mini Eggs with Popping Candy perfect Easter confectionery treat

I'm sure you're going to love these fun solid chocolate mini eggs with popping a popping candy centre. 

And when I say fun, I really do mean fun.  Oodles of fun!  Are you ready to be transported back to your 8 year old self?

Pop one of these Chocolate Mini Eggs into your mouth and your first taste sensation is of the gold sugar sprinkles.  That's quickly followed by the deliciously silky tempered milk chocolate.  And whilst enjoying the melting sensation of the chocolate, comes the really fun part.  The popping candy!  The party of fireworks exploding in your mouth is sure to catapult you straight back to your childhood and have you reminisce about the confectionery you enjoyed - of which, if you're like Mr E and myself, I'm sure popping candy was one of them.

Popping candy in chocolate eggs

And if you've never tried popping candy - what are you waiting for!  I'm sure you'll love it in these mini eggs made with delicious chocolate. 


Sunday, 18 March 2018

How to make Easter Eggs

It's pretty easy to make your own Easter Eggs at home.  As well as being lots of yummy fun, it's the perfect way to customise them with your favourite confectionery.

Homemade chocolate Easter egg.

With the range of chocolate Easter eggs available in our local shops, stacked from floor to ceiling, I think it's fair to say that chocolate is a key ingredient as part of our Easter celebrations!  There's an awful lot of choice available starting with the ever popular Cadbury Mini eggs, through to large eggs with fancy decorations and jaw dropping price tags.

Chocolate Easter treats

But have you ever wondered how to make your own an Easter egg?

Well, it's pretty simple!

Of course by making homemade Easter eggs you're not only saving a few pounds, but you're able to customise them exactly how you want.  If you love marshmallows, then why not fill the egg with marshmallow cubes; a delicious centre of homemade fudge pieces would also make a great treat too.  As for the exterior of the egg, you can of course leave your chocolate Easter egg plain and unadulterated, like ours, though a drizzle of contrasting melted chocolate flicked to and fro would look very 'artistic'.   Alternatively, affixing some sugar flowers (which can be bought in the baking section of larger supermarkets) onto the shell with some royal icing or melted chocolate would look particularly pretty.  Or why not simply pipe the name of the recipient onto the chocolate shell - which would hopefully prevent squabbles between youngsters!

Chocolate Easter eggs filled with mini eggs and Malteser chocolate rabbits


Monday, 12 March 2018

Easter Chick Cupcakes with video tutorial

These fun Easter Chick Cupcakes are as easy to make as they are effective.  They're bright and cheerful perfect for a bake sale or Easter party.  The video tutotial further down the page takes you through the process step by step.

How to make Easter Chick Cupcakes

With Easter hurtling towards us at a great rate of knots today I'm sharing with you my first Easter bake of the year with these super cute Easter Chick Cupcakes which are really easy to create - and lots of fun too!  Our decorated Easter cupcakes are off the scale cute - if I do say so myself - with their dinky wings and fluffy feathers to top their head!

Decorated cupcake recipe for Easter

Character cupcakes, like these Easter themed ones, always bring a smile to people's face.  Although they do take a little longer to decorate than those finished with a piped swirl of frosting, that extra time is definitely worth the effort.  I can imagine these flying off (though not literally) a charity bake sale table as well as being the perfect addition to an Easter party!

Easter cupcake tutorial


Thursday, 8 March 2018

Vegetarian Meat & Potato Pies

Made with hot water crust pastry, these vegetarian meat & potato pies are pure comfort food.  They make a delicious, yet humble, meal served with a few vegetables.  

How to make a Vegetarian version of Meat & Potato Pies

With British Pie Week in full swing here in the UK, it would be remiss of me not to share a pie recipe here in Only Crumbs Remain.

In fact, to throw the cat amongst the pigeons, today I'm shaking things up a little by sharing a savoury pie recipe rather than a dessert which is usually the norm!  As they say a change is as good as a rest, but if you fancy a dessert pie, or tart, as well how about checking out our Blackberry & Pear Lattice Crust Pie, this classic Pear and Almond Tart with its delicious frangipane filling, or even our Bilberry & Custard Crumble Tart, which would be just as delicious made with blueberries instead.

Blackberry & Pear Lattice Crust Pie Pear and Almond Tart Bilberry & Custard Crumble Tart

Coming back to our Vegetarian version of Meat & Potato pie.

Vegetarian hot water crust pies

These individual vegetarian pies made a delicious and filling evening meal for Mr E & I earlier this week served with a few peas and carrots.  It's a pretty humble sort of pie, after all there's nothing fancy about it having been filled with a simple mixture of quorn mince and diced potatoes, but what it lacks in pizazz it makes up for in comfort.  And with the sort of weather we've been having of late comforting food is what we often need!


Thursday, 1 March 2018

Baking Crumbs - March 2018

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

February Baking Crumbs

Febuary's #BakingCrumbs linky saw 29 wonderful recipes shared to provide inspiration, and generally drool over, from a showstopper cake to easy cookie recipes as well as seasonal ideas with pancakes and Valentine's day treats, and loads more besides! 

Of course, although Shrove Tuesday (pancake Tuesday) and Valentine's Day have been & gone for the year, pancakes still make a great weekend breakfast and of course the Valentine's Day bakes are waiting for you to pin them ready for next year's inspiration!  So, if you're tempted by any of the recipes below simply click on the recipe title in green to find out more.  You can also check out about the bakes linked up this month by clicking on the thumbnail images towards the bottom of the post.

And if you're curious to learn what we re-created in the Only Crumbs Remain kitchen from all of the bakes linked up in February do keep reading and all will be revealed - I'm sure you'll love it as much as we did, it's an absolute belter!

4 Everyday Cakes


Everyday Cakes
(Clockwise from top left)
  • Upside down cakes are super easy and incredibly effective - and of course really yummy too just like this Blood Orange & Chocolate Cake that I whipped up recently.
  • If you have a few pears lurking in the fruit bowl, how about using them in Rebecca's Chocolate and Pear Cake, which, being flour-less, is naturally gluten free.   
  • This easy to make upside down Rhubarb & Ginger Cake, from me at Only Crumbs Remain, is lightly spiced and gently warming.  It makes great use of seasonal forced rhubarb which marries well with the ginger.   
  • Chocolate cake in all of its guises is a winner with most people - just like this easy Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake from Louise over at Cooking with Kids. 

1 Showstopper Cake


Showstopper cake
  • If you're a fan of cookies & cream ice cream then you need to check out Kat's showstopper of a cake - Cookies and Cream Oreo Drip Cake.  Her picture says it all!   What are you waiting for?!


Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Salted Caramel Millionaire's Fudge

This Salted Caramel Millionaire's Fudge recipe is inspired by the popular Millionaire's Shortbread.  Replacing the shortbread is a layer of dark rich fudge, topped with salted caramel, and finished with a layer of semi dark chocolate.  

How to make Salted Caramel Millionaire's Fudge

Fudge is all about sweet indulgence!  This Salted Caramel Millionaire's Fudge recipe takes that indulgence to the max with its multiple layers of fudge, salted caramel and chocolate!  It's the ultimate in fudge heaven, and perfect for sharing on those special occasions (assuming you can bear to part from it!)    

Salted Caramel Millionaire's Fudge recipe

I mean, just check out those layers:  A rich dark indulgent fudge.  A generous layer of salted caramel.  And a layer of semi dark chocolate ganache to temper the sweetness!  And being a Millionaire's Fudge it would surely be rude not to finish it with a dusting of edible gold glitter as well as gold star sprinkles!

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Rhubarb & Ginger Cake

This Rhubarb & Ginger Cake is a version of the popular upside down cake.  It is a lightly spiced cake which is easy to make.  It makes great use of seasonal forced rhubarb which marries well with warming ginger.         

Rhubarb and Ginger Cake recipe

If you're after an easy cake recipe to offer family and friends as a mid-week treat, then look no further - an Upside Down Cake could just be what you need!

Not only are they undoubtedly yummy,  they're also incredibly versatile and pretty, make great use of seasonal fruit, and are incredibly easy to make and yet they are an everyday showstopper type of cake with the anticipation of discovering the final appearance of the cake once it is turned over and the tin removed.   Every time I make an upside down cake, whether it's with strawberries, raspberries, foraged bilberries, oranges or this rhubarb and ginger version, I can't wait to reveal the cake in all its colourful and aromatic splendour. (If one of the four cakes below catches your eye, which have been taken from the Only Crumbs Remain recipe index, simply click the image to be taken to the recipe).

This flavoursome and aromatic strawberry & basil upside-down cake is easy to make.  The colourful pink strawberries, cooked with the cake, negates the need for any frostings.   Essentially an upside-down cake recipe, this Raspberry & White Chocolate Traybake Cake tastes amazing.  The beautiful slightly sharp raspberries balance well against the sweet creaminess of the white chocolate, which can be found both drizzled over the raspberries and in the sponge cake.   Upside-down cake recipes make for an interesting everyday cake.  They are incredibly easy to make and are great for an impromptu bake resulting in a great addition to an afternoon tea, with no need for any frosting allowing the fruit to create the interest.   This bilberry upside-down cake makes great use of foraged berries with additional flavour coming from the ground almonds and a touch of lemon zest.     This upside down cake recipe is perfect for those who love the chocolate-orange flavour pairing.  Upside down cakes make the most of seasonal fruit, showcasing them to the max.  Although the recipe lists blood oranges, it would work equally well with navel oranges at other times of the year, meaning that you can enjoy this easy, pretty and delicious cake any time you want.

What more can you ask from an everyday cake?  

Shunning the fear of being typecast as the 'Queen of Upside Down Cakes', today I'm sharing with you yet another flavour combination that you could use in an Upside Down Cake (I promise it'll be the last one for a while 😀).

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Double Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

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

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

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

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

Double Cocolate Orange Cupcakes containing real chocolate.

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

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


Saturday, 10 February 2018

Chocolate Caramel Fudge

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

How to make Chocolate Caramel Fudge

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

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

Homemade traditional fudge


Sunday, 4 February 2018

Homemade Raspberry Cream White Chocolates

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

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

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

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

Handmade white chocolates with a raspberry filling

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


Thursday, 1 February 2018

Baking Crumbs - February 2018

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

BakingCrumbs January round up

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

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

So, if you're tempted by any of the recipes below simply click on the recipe title in green to find out more about the bake and grab the recipe.  You can also find out about the recipes linked up this month by clicking on the thumbnail images in this month's 'linky' towards the bottom of the post.

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

2 Desserts


Lemon cheese cake and fruit crumble

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

3 Showstopper Cakes

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

4 Vegan Bakes


Vegan bakes

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


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Blood Orange & Chocolate Upside Down Cake

This upside down cake recipe is perfect for those who love the chocolate-orange flavour pairing.  Upside down cakes make the most of seasonal fruit, showcasing them to the max.  Although the recipe lists blood oranges, it would work equally well with navel oranges at other times of the year, meaning that you can enjoy this easy, pretty and delicious cake any time you want.

How to make an upside down cake with blood oranges

If you've been lucky enough to get your hands on some blood oranges recently and are looking for a bake which shows off these beauties to their best, I can whole heatedly recommend using them in a simple, but undoubtedly effective and delicious, upside down cake.  Just like all cakes of this type, this Blood Orange and Chocolate Upside Down Cake showcases the fruit's wonderful colour, shape and flavour to the max.

In fact, although it's certainly worth the effort to find some blood oranges (or Sicilian Reds as I've also seen them called in our local supermarket) for that amazing colour and unique flavour, you could also use regular navel oranges instead to make a Chocolate Orange Upside Down Cake instead meaning you can enjoy this cake at any time of year!

Slices of blood oranges

Of course what better flavour pairing is there than chocolate orange!  I know it's undoubtedly one of my favourites.  And if I was to tell you that there is real chocolate, as well as cocoa powder, in this chocolate cake, you know that you're not going to be disappointed. 


Monday, 29 January 2018

Two-Tone Shortbread Biscuits (Vegan)

These fun two-toned shortbread biscuits are flavoured with strawberry and vanilla.  This vegan shortbread recipe is perfect for so many people including those who follow a dairy-free diet.  Their heart shape makes them perfect for Valentine's Day, but the idea also lends itself to children's parties, bake sales, picnics and general yummy home baking!  
How to make two-tone vegan shortbread biscuits.  These are flavoured with vanilla and strawberry, and their heart shape makes them perfect for Valentine's Day.

Today I bring you a vegan shortbread recipe which is cut into heart shapes in the hope that it's not too soon to start thinking about Valentine's day!



How to make Two-Toned Shortbread Biscuits.

These shortbread biscuits are made that little bit more special, and of course more yummy, thanks to the two-toned effect which happens to be super easy to do!  It's simply a case of using two cookie cutters, one larger than the other.  The smaller cookie cutter is used to cut an aperture / window from the larger biscuit, which is then filled with contrasting dough cut to the same size.  The seam of the two doughs 'fuse' together during the bake.  It really is as simple as that!


Tuesday, 23 January 2018

How to make Vegan Meringues

 Find out how to make vegan meringue kisses.  Egg free meringues are a great alternative to traditional meringues.  Keep reading to grab the recipe for these Meringue Kisses with a raspberry swirl.

Vegan meringue kisses with a raspberry swirl

Meringues are, without doubt, one of those bakes which I have a huge weakness for.  Whether it's a traditional lemon meringue pie, a strawberry packed pavlova, a meringue topped cupcake, or even a show stopping Baked Alaska my response is to have a slice. Or two!

Pavlova with Strawberries & Basil Rhubarb & Strawberry Meringue Cupcakes Strawberry Baked Alaska

But have you ever wondered if there is such a things as a vegan meringue - one suitable for those who, for what ever reason, don't include eggs in their diet?

Well, as surprising as it may sound there is!   

Everybody can enjoy the sweet deliciousness of a meringue - even if they follow a restricted diet.  Meringues can be made without eggs!  They're made with a liquid called aquafaba which most households are likely to already have in the kitchen cupboards.

Egg free meringue kisses with a pretty raspberry swirl



What is Aquafaba?

Aquafaba is the commonly thrown away liquid found in cans of pulses, though that surrounding chickpeas appears to be preferred.  The name aquafaba was coined by the vegan community, specifically Goose Wohlt, and with a strong Aquafaba FaceBook Group (which is definitely worth joining if you're at all interested) there are now recipes which successfully use this liquid in a host of different baked goods from meringues and macarons, to mousses, brownies, cookies, royal icing, mayonnaise and even pasta!   


Friday, 19 January 2018

Vegan PB & Dark Chocolate Blondies

This Vegan Peanut Butter & Dark Chocolate Blondies recipe produces a bake which is packed with flavour.  The blondies are soft and yielding with a clear peanut butter and chocolate flavour. These blondies are naturally gluten free as well as being free of refined sugar,  but even if you're not needing to follow a free-from diet this vegan blondie recipe is definitely one to try.

Vegan blondies with peanut butter and dark chocolate

Regulars to Only Crumbs Remain may be starting to think that I've gone a little brownie crazy over the past few weeks.  But we're talking brownies.  Soft, fudgey, rich and indulgent chocolate brownies.  I'm sure you understand!

First we recreated Easy Peasy Foodie's White Chocolate & Cranberry Brownies (which if you're a brownie fan you'll know that they're not just for Christmas!) after she entered them into our BakingCrumbs linky (feel free to link up any recent bakes - sweet or savoury - if you're a blogger, or simply check out the tantalising bakes).  Then we re-made (& re-shot) our Chocolate Brownies with Mincemeat recipe, which are perfect if you've got half a jar, or so, lurking in the back of the fridge following the Christmas festivities.  Not long after those came this batch of Black Bean Brownies with Walnuts, which really are so much tastier than what you may imagine from their name!  In fact I'd be surprised if you didn't make them again once you've tried them!

White Chocolate & Cranberry Brownies Chocolate Brownies with Mincemeat Blackbean Brownies with Walnuts

Our most recent foray into the world of brownies, or in this case blondies, are these Vegan Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Blondies, which also happen to be naturally gluten free not to mention being free of refined sugar!  But even if you're not needing to follow a free-from diet this vegan blondie recipe is definitely one to try.

How to make vegan blondies with chickpeas

(The mini cake stand appears again!  A slightly faulty piece of ceramics made by yours truly!)

Not only are these vegan blondies incredibly easy to make, just like any other brownie / blondie recipe, they're also surprisingly nutritious, and best of all these squares are so very delicious.  Whilst sampling the first of, erm, 3 pieces (yes, they're that tasty), I was floating around the house wondering if it would be at all acceptable to hide these beauties from Mr E!