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?!

2 Cupcake Recipes


  • Simple Lemon Cupcakes are always a winner, like these from Corina, who shows that the fresh clean flavours are popular whether you're new to piping or not.
  • My Double Chocolate Orange Cupcakes are a chocoholic's dream!  They contain real chocolate in both the sponge and the buttercream, and are finished with an oven-dried slice of orange!

3 Cupcakes for Valentine's Day


Cupcakes for Valentine's Day
  • Can a cupcake get any more perfect for Valentine's Day than these Hidden Heart Valentine's Cupcakes?  And believe it or not, with Cat's step by step photographs, they're actually really straight forward to make!   
  • These Red Velvet Cupcakes from Kat are finished with a delicious cream cheese frosting and pretty heart shaped sprinkles!
  • Helen from Cooking with my Kids shares a neat little trick to transform your usually round cupcakes into heart shapes when she made these lovely Red Velvet Cupcakes with her young family.




3 Biscuit / Cookie Recipes ... plus a Chocolate Truffle! 


Biscuits & Cookies

  • I'm a huge fan of shortbread biscuits.  Short.  Crumbly.  Buttery.  Melt in the mouth yummy.  Utter heaven.  Jacqui's recipe for Orange and Almond Shortbread is super easy and is packed with some great tips.  
  • Jenny's Date & Chocolate Cookies are what memories are made of!  She tells us that they're "crisp on the outside and figgily chewy on the inside"!   
  • Love marzipan? Then you need Kate's recipe for Soft Italian Amaretti Cookies.  Not only do they look amazing, they're also naturally gluten free and dairy free too.  
  • Anybody for a Fruit & Nut Chocolate Truffle?  These gorgeous truffles from Rebecca at Glutarama are dairy free (as well as free of gluten, wheat, soya & egg) and look utterly delicious with the pieces of hazelnut rippled through the raisin, prune and coconut mixture.

2 Tray Bakes


Tray Bakes
  • How utterly delicious do these Beetroot Coconut Brownies look from Monika at Everyday Healthy Recipes. It sounds as though they were a winner with her family too.
  • These Raspberry Jam Filled Breakfast Squares from Sadhna are a doddle to make, and look very tempting with the layer of red jam sandwiched between the oaty crust which is lightly spiced with cinnamon.

4 Dessert Recipes


(clockwise from top left)
  • Lime and ginger is a wonderful flavour paring, perfect for this Easy Lime and Ginger Cheesecake from Louise who had help from her young children in making it.
  • This Open Apple Pie, from Jess at Jess Eats & Travels, is packed with bramley apples enriched with butter and spiced with cinnamon & nutmeg.  The handful of raisins sprinkled over the top towards the end of the bake makes it even more interesting, and undoubtedly even more tasty.
  • Rebecca Rose from Cheeky Cognoscenti shared this wonderful Rhubarb & Strawberry Lattice Crust Pie recipe.  She also explored how to thicken the fruits which have a high water content, different pastry recipes (one including vodka which I need to try!) through to the effect of various pastry washes.  
  • These Mini Strawberry Jam & Cream Tarts from Jess are as pretty as a picture, perfect for a romantic meal or a summer's picnic.  

2 Tiramisu Recipes



  • Our first Tiramisu recipe comes Jo's Kitchen Larder, which she calls the Perfect Eggless Tiramisu.  And doesn't it just look perfect with those fabulous layers of creamy mascarpone with a hit of Baileys and the coffee soaked lady's fingers!  
  • Not being out done, Midge's free-from take on this popular dessert is this Creamy Vegan Tiramisu Dessert which has the expected layers, but the addition of dark chocolate ganache and it's finished with a cute sponge heart!  

1 Classic Patisserie Recipe


Creme Patisserie / Pastry Cream
  • Jess shared the recipe for creme patisserie / pastry cream - a baking classic which is great to have under your belt ready for filling eclairs and fruit tarts.   If you've never made it, check out Jess's post - it's a lot easier than you may imagine.

3 Pancake Recipes


Who said pancakes are only reserved for Shrove Tuesday?
  • How does the idea of pancakes filled with pockets of Nutella topped with caramelised bananas grab you? Yes?  Then check out Helen's Chocolate and Banana pancakes recipe which she made with her two young children.
  • If you're looking for something a little different to mark Pancake Tuesday (or a delicious weekend breakfast), Jo shared this impressive and vibrant looking pancake (crepe) recipe with Mascarpone Cream and Cranberry Compote.  It looks utterly delicious and certainly a recipe not to be reserved for Shrove Tuesday alone.
  • Rebecca shared a collection of 8 Free-From Pancakes, she has you covered if you're looking for pancake recipes which are gluten free, vegan, sugar free. And if you've ever wondered the history which lies behind your child's Pancake Race then do pop over to her post for a read.

3 Savoury Recipes


Savoury recipes
  • Being a huge fan of homemade bread, and the aromas that fill the home whilst it's made, Debbie's Italian Tigella has drawn me in.  If, like me, you're unfamiliar with Tigella then do check out her recipe, as well as drool over the images of them stuffed with Nutella as well as the savoury ham & cheese!  
  • These delicious sounding Mash Filo Parcels, with a selection of four different fillings, comes from Debbie over at Proper Foodie and is the perfect accompaniment to pie!
  • These Chili Cheese Hearts from Cat are so very versatile.  Not only can you cut the biscuits into what ever shape you want (think hearts for Valentine's Day, stars for Christmas, as well as the usual circles, and squares), the chili heat can also be customised to suit too.

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


Amaretti Cookies

Being a huge fan of marzipan, and somebody who struggles to decorate a fruit cake without succumbing to the call of the almond paste ("eat me, eat me!"), my ears always prick up when somebody describes their bake as being 'marzipan like'.  So when the lovely Kate from Gluten Free Alchemist described her Soft Italian Amaretti Cookies recipe just like this I knew I had to give it a try.

I was certainly not left disappointed, they were just what they promised to be.  Crisp on the outside, soft and marzipan like on the inside.  In fact, an utter dream and totally moreish.   I only wish I had made a few more, but being such a quick and easy recipe which is naturally free of gluten and dairy, it's a treat I can call upon even when time is slightly limited.  

So, if you're like me and adore marzipan then I must encourage you to check out Kate's recipe for Soft Italian Amaretti Cookies, and her blog, Gluten Free Alchemist, for loads of great gluten free recipes and tips.  

Now onto March'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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  1. Love the way you've done the round-up. Everything looks super scrumptious as usual, but I'm with you on the marzipan front and I would be diving into those amaretti if they were in front of me now.

    1. Thankyou Choclette :-), you're right everybody always links up some amazing bakes - they always look so incredibly tempting! Ooh yes, those amaretti biscuits - how I wish I had a bag of ground almonds in the cupboard this morning ....
      Angela x

  2. It's a lovely round up Angela! I do think your version of Kate's cookies looks beautiful too. I am very tempted by them as I absolutely love marzipan. I'm sure there'll be some gorgeous Easter bakes this month which I'm looking forward to as well. I am hoping to have an Easter bake but haven't quite decided what yet! x

    1. Ooh Kate's amaretti biscuits are so yummy Corina - you must give them a try when you get chance - but they're so very easy to make. Yes, I'm very much looking forward to the Easter bakes too, as well as seeing what sort of Easter bake you decide upon :-)
      Angela x

  3. Yummy, scrummy round up as always! I love amaretti cookies both crunchy and soft and Kate's ones look simply irresistible! Very good choice for a bake to recreate indeed. :) x

    1. Thankyou Jo, they were so good and were soon devoured - to be honest it was a huge task not to eat more of them whilst I took the picture - thankfully I was only after the one picture though so it wasn't long before I could enjoy a few of them ;-)
      Angela x

  4. Hi Angela, Nice round-up with so may good recipes, I would love to try beetroot brownie, and many more. Do you accept old posts.

    1. Thankyou Sadhna, Monika's beetroot brownie sounds really great doesn't it. I'm sorry, no, I decided to draw the line at just accepting new posts.
      Angela x

  5. Awww.... Thank you for making my Amaretti Cookies.... They look fab. You did a great job. I hope you enjoyed them as much as us (I think I have made about 5 batches now!!)
    Love the round up..... You've done a great job on that too! Thanks for all your hard work in hosting x

    1. We certainly did enjoy them Kate, and thankyou for sharing them - it's a cracking recipe - so easy and most definitely delicious!
      Aw thankyou so much, it's seeing all of the great bakes that makes it so worthwhile :-)
      Angela x

  6. Thank you so much for including all my bakes! All of them look so good - tempting me to get my head back into baking mode! I've linked up an Algerian bread recipe since it's Algeria week on my blog x

    1. Yeah for getting in the baking mode! I'm fascinated to learn about your Algerian bread recipe Jess, looks gorgeous,
      Angela x

  7. Soon many bakes I'd like to try in here, I don't know how you manage to only make one of the recipes, Angela 😊

    1. To be honest it's a really difficult decision when we choose what to make Louise, often I'm sorely tempted to make more than one but alas time is rarely my friend!
      Angela x

  8. I'm in awe of your monthly round up's Angela, I don't know where you find the time? Thank you so much for featuring all my recipes I'm totally made up you've added them all xxx

    1. Aw thankyou Rebecca :-) To be honest, I don't know where I find enough time to do it either - it can be very time consuming. You're welcome Rebecca, they were lovely recipes,
      Angela x

  9. What a fab round up and thank you for hosting! I'll be linking up soon for this month :)

    1. Thankyou Kat, I'm looking forward to seeing what you've been making :-)
      Angela x

  10. Yay - I finally made a cake...which means I can join in with Baking Crumbs!!! :-D Eb x

    1. Yay! That's brilliant - it looks gorgeous too - I'm really looking forward to reading your post :-)
      Angela x

  11. I don't know why I haven't join this amazing sweet party. :( I will try to remember the next one and see if I can bring something. :D

    1. That's brilliant Jhuls, (you're more than welcome to bring a savoury bake too), it'll be lovely to see what you've been making :-)
      Angela x


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