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


Cake
  • 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.



3 Recipes using Bananas

 

Recipes using bananas
  • Helen, from Cooking with my Kids, shared these Banana and Chocolate Cupcakes.  I'm so impressed that, with guidance, her two young children made these gorgeous cupcakes finished with a chocolate frosting and sprinkles - because there always has to be sprinkles😉
  • Banana breads are such a popular bake, and with good reason when they're such an easy and tasty bake.  Cat's more indulgent Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Banana Bread sounds a definite winner to me.  
  • Being a huge fan of crumbles I have been very tempted by Shaheen's recipe of Banana Muffins with Cocoa Crumble Topping!  How good do they sound!



3 Recipes with Oats & Cereal

 

Recipes with oats and cereal
  • Home made flapjacks are such a winner.  They're perfect for taking on long walks to recharge the batteries or pack up in a lunch box and are easy enough to get the kids involved in making them just like Louise did over at Cooking With Kids.  
  • Juicey apples. Warming spice. Oaty crumble.  All housed in a simple muffin recipe!  Who could resist, I know I'm sorely tempted!  Do check out Corina's recipe for Spiced Apple Crumble Muffins
  • Mars Bar Slice may not be healthy, but with a layer of chocolate covering Rice Crispies coated in a chocolate caramel mixture they're definitely a popular treat!  





3 Savoury Recipes

 

savoury recipes
  • How good do these Breakfast Blinis (GF)  from Kate at Gluten Free Alchemist look!    Do check out her recipe to find out how easy they are to make and see how amazing they look as the base for an English Breakfast stack! Of course, that breakfast option can easily be made vegetarian too. 
  • Don't these look like The Best Bread Rolls?  The wonderful shiny glaze.  The pillowy soft bread.  That lovely tear as the rolls are separated.  Do check out Jenny's recipe.
  • These savoury muffins from Helen, with added cheese, tomatoes & spinach, sound perfect for an alternative lunch, eaten both warm or cold.



1 Pastry Recipe


Sweet shortcrust pastry






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

 

Vegan Tea Loaf

It's been so long since we last made a tea loaf (the plight of a food blogger is that recipes are rarely made time and time again!)  Plump fruits soaked in black tea made into a loaf cake which is lightly spiced is such a treat.  And yet it is such an easy bake.  So when Nico, from Yumsome, shared her English Tea Loaf recipe it was the perfect excuse to make one whilst trying out her recipe.

But, in all honesty, the reason I chose to make her recipe was more than that.  You see, this is a vegan Tea Loaf.  And although I've shared a handful of plant based recipes this past month (because it was Veganuary!) I know I have a great deal to learn as far as vegan baking is concerned, particularly vegan cakes.  Not only was Nico's recipe seriously easy (and I mean seriously),  it has also given me confidence to try other vegan recipes.  And best of all we already had everything in the cupboard - so no fancy ingredients were needed.  Win-win!

And just how good does that tea loaf look with those plump fruits and the subtle aroma of spice (not that you can smell it - you'll just have to trust me on that!).  And yes, it tasted really great too - perfect with a pot of tea in the afternoon and after our evening meal.      

So, if you love tea loaf, are interested in vegan baking, or are entertaining a friend who is vegan or who follows an egg-free diet then I must encourage you to check out Nico's recipe for Vegan Old Fashioned English Tea Loaf, as well as her blog Yumsome in general for some inspiring plant based recipes! 





Now onto February'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........

Here's how to join in:

  • Grab the badge and include a link to this post on Only Crumbs Remain in your post.  If you prefer, use the code supplied for the badge (which you can find a little lower down, just above the actual linky) and paste it into your post's HTML section.
  • Link up to 3 new bakes with a clear image, using the linky below.  (Feel free to contact me if you have any problems doing so).
  • Where applicable include the source of the recipe, though do use your own photos.
  • Join me in making this a great baking community by sharing the blogging and baking love!  Do spend some time commenting on, sharing, and stumbling those bakes which catch your eye using the #BakingCrumbs hashtag so people know where you've come from! 
Feel free to Tweet me @Onlycrumbsremai (the 'n' is missing - I ran out of characters!) using the hashtag #BakingCrumbs and I will re-tweet all those that I see.

And why not use the hashtag #BakingCrumbs on Instagram too!

You are also invited to join the Baking Crumbs pinterest group board!  Just drop me a note and I'll get you added to the board!
 
And why not join the Baking Crumbs FaceBook group too, and share your love of baking with other like minded people

Please note, by linking up you are giving me permission to use your photograph in the round up and on social media too.

 

What you can expect from me:

 

I will be commenting on all of the bakes entered into the #BakingCrumbs linky.  I will also be sharing your delicious bakes on Twitter, as well as Stumbling and Yumming them (where there is a 'Yum' button)!  I shall include a full roundup the subsequent month (usually on the 1st), as well as highlighting my favourite bake from that month's collection!



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22 comments:

  1. So many delicious options! I'm obsessed with how good the lemon cheesecake looks!

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    1. You and me both Kat - doesn't Jo's cheesecake look seriously magnificent!
      Angela x

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  2. Such a lovely round up as ever Angela! I think I might have picked Nico's tea loaf to make too as I love fruity bakes. Out of everything I think I most want to try your black bean brownies - they are really calling me! x

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    1. Thankyou so much Corina :-) Nico's tea loaf was so lovely and a revelation for how easy a vegan version it was to make. Oooh those blackbean brownies were so yummy Corina, do let me know how you get on with them if you give them a go.
      Angela x

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  3. Yay! Have been waiting for this! Thanks for including my pastry recipe! That tea loaf looks so good. Haven't made a loaf cake in a while.. x

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    1. You're more than welcome Jess, everybody needs a good pastry recipe in their repertoir.
      Angela x

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  4. Such a great round up with such a fantastic selection of recipes! I do find all of the vegan bakes really wonderfully fascinating and your black bean brownies are firmly on my "to bake" list as I might have already mentioned lol. I'm getting hungry now! :) x

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    1. Hahaha, you may have mentioned it in passing Jo :-) Vegan bakes are so fascinating aren't they, I'm such a traditional baker with the use of eggs and so on.
      Angela x

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    2. I've just added my pancakes recipe, I hope it's ok? Not strictly baking and not very crumby but was encouraged by all the other pancakes on here. :) x

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    3. That's fine Jo, the more the merrier :-)
      Angela x

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  5. I have to confess I rather wanted to make that Tea Loaf too but just havent had time. But you have convinced me to find time. Ive not been doing much baking so far this year after doing so much at the end of last year but I am beginning to miss it.

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    1. I know just what you mean Jacqui, as much as I love to bake sometimes you can have too much of a good thing so it's nice to have a little break sometimes. Nico's tea loaf was so lovely and a great introduction to an easy vegan loaf cake.
      Angela x

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  6. There is a great selection of treats in this round up, happy to be able to join in again this month

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    1. I couldn't agree more Louise, it's lovely to have you join in again too :-)
      Angela x

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  7. Am I being daft or is the link to add links not here...probably me having a senior moment!!! Awesome round up btw...tea loaf has to be my all time favourite...well, bara brith anyway xxx

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    1. It seems to be there now Rebecca and working OK :-)
      Tea Loaf is one of my favourites too - and yes, Bara Brith - that's such an awesome tea loaf :-)
      Angela x

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  8. So many amazing recipes, as ever I don't know how you manage to narrow it down and just pick one every month!

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    1. Nor do I Kat to be honest! I've been getting hubby involved in helping me choose :-)
      Angela x

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  9. I do love seeing what everyone else has been baking! Such a talented bunch....... Not sure I can choose a favourite x

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    1. Me too - I often sit here drooling over the amazing bakes! I have to say choosing one to bake is such a really difficult task Kate,
      Angela x

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  10. Hi Angela, Joining first time, following you on all social medias. This is my pleasure to found you on Cook once eat twice. Happy Valentine's day to you, thanks for hosting.
    By mistake two images of my link is shown, please remove one.

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    1. You're welcome, it's lovely to have you link up Sadhna, I'm looking forward to reading about your Raspberry Breakfast Squares :-) Have deleted the extra link.
      Angela x

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