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!

Monday, 8 January 2018

Black Bean Brownies with Walnuts

This vegan black bean brownie recipe is packed with flavour and is super fudgey just like a brownie should be.  Those you share them with will have no idea that these brownies are made with black beans.  It's incredibly easy to make with everyday ingredients.  As well as being suitable for vegans, this brownie recipe is also gluten free, free of refined sugar and low in saturated fats, but packed with flavour.
vegan black bean brownies with walnuts, are also naturally gluten free

This vegan brownie may sound a little unusual having been made largely with black beans, but I must encourage you to give this, or any of the numerous Black Bean Brownie recipes that can be found on the web, a try.  I'm sure you will be truly astounded just how delicious, moreish and satisfying a black bean brownie is.

I first came across the idea of using black beans as a replacement for flour in brownies over two years ago having been inspired to try them by Chocolate Covered Katie, and that resulted in me sharing this Blackberry and Black Bean Brownie recipe.  Since then I've made these brownies several times, and on each occasion those we've shared them with have had no idea what-so-ever that they include a significant quantity of pulses.  It really is amazing how thoroughly blending the ready to use beans and adding a few easily found ingredients to the bean pulp can result in such a delicious bake which is so beautifully chocolatey, fudgey and satisfyingly moreish.

black beans ready to use

Our vegan black bean brownies with walnuts are delicious and robust with a dark chocolate flavour.  And even though I'm not a huge fan of dark chocolate, these brownies were still a definite winner.  The flavours within the brownies meld together beautifully in the hours following the bake, and so for that reason I'd certainly recommend showing a little restraint and serve the brownies the day after they're made.  

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Fruit Crumble with Panela Sugar

How about trying this comforting fruit crumble recipe, perfect for the colder months.  It is made even more tasty with the use of panela, an unrefined sugar made from organic dried sugarcane juice, which has the lovely natural aroma of toffee.

Fruit crumble recipe made with panela sugar

Is it just me, but there certainly seems to be a correlation between the older we get and the speed at which time goes by.  Without divulging my age, let's just say that 2017 certainly feels to have passed in a blur of flour and clay.  (And if you're wondering about the reference to clay, those who follow me on Instagram may well know that I have a new found love of throwing clay on the potters wheel!  If you're at all creative I'd definitely recommend giving it a try!)

As we're already in 2018, may I wish you a happy New Year!

The first bake of the year that I'm sharing with you on Only Crumbs Remain is a simple fruit crumble recipe.  Not only are crumbles perfect for this time of year - being comforting, warming and filling, they're also quick and easy to make as well as being perfect for using up fruits which may have sat that little too long in the fruit bowl.

Pears, plums and bramley apple Prepared fruit for a fruit crumble

Our fruit crumble consisted of plums, pears and a granny smith - simply because that's what we had to hand, but there are so many other fruits which are perfect to be used in a fruit crumble: stone fruits like plums, peaches and apricots, soft fruits like blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, and gooseberries and then there are apples and rhubarb which are a really popular choice.

comforting fruit crumble

I'll be the first to admit that a fruit crumble recipe isn't particularly cutting edge, but it is one of my favourite and must-have desserts during the older months.  It's such a  popular dessert, which the whole family is likely to enjoy. 

The difference with our fruit crumble though is the use of panela, an unrefined sugar made from organic dried sugarcane juice.  It really gave our crumble that something extra.  The natural aroma of toffee which accompanies panela was delicious in the actual crumble and alongside the cooked fruits.

About Panela Sugar.


Colombian Panela Sugar

Panela is dried sugarcane juice.  It is an unrefined sugar and has a wonderful aroma of toffee, and to Mr E it also has a few subtle coffee notes too.