Monday, 30 April 2018

Lemon & Elderflower Cupcakes

These Lemon & Elderflower Cupcakes are inspired by the forthcoming royal wedding.  They're easy to make and have a lovely delicate flavour.

How to make Lemon and Elderflower Cupcakes

I'm sure you won't have missed the excitement building around the forthcoming royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle which is attracting a swarm of media attention!  On the big day itself there is certainly going to be a lot of interest in her choice of wedding gown, but for me the interest will mainly lie with their wedding cake.

Pretty Lemon & Elderflower Cupcakes

Now, I'd love to be able to tell you that the Prince and his fiance confided in Only Crumbs Remain regarding the cake's flavour and style, and even asked me to bake their wedding cake, but alas not (phew, can you imagine how nerve racking that would have been 😥!).  From what I understand from newspaper articles and a quick Google search they are breaking away from the traditional fruit cake in favour of spring flavours and have commissioned a Lemon Elderflower Cake.

Cupcakes filled with lemon curd

Although we don't know as yet what their Lemon & Elderflower Cake will look like nor how the two flavours are brought to the cake, our cupcakes are a delicious way that you can easily enjoy this fresh and clean flavour pairing.  In fact these pretty cupcakes are perfect for enjoying with family and friends, or even charity bake sales, as well as marking the royal wedding on Saturday 19th May.   

Friday, 27 April 2018

Optimum Vac2 Vacuum Blender Review

Find out what we think of Froothie's latest blender, the Optimum Vac2 Vacuum blender.

The Optimum Vac2 Vacuum Blender from Froothie

Being the owner of a somewhat ancient stick blender, which ought to reside in a museum,  I have to confess that I've often felt a little envious of others who have a powerful blender.  I'm sure you know the sort of blenders I mean.  We're talking those which turn fruits into deliciously smooth smoothies in the blink of an eye, chickpeas into the smoothest hummus ever, as well as pulverising nuts to create not only ground nuts but also homemade nut butters!

Froothie's Vac2 Vacuum Blender

Having received an email from the lovely people at Froothie (affiliate link) who asked if I'd like to try out their newest blender to hit the market, the Optimum Vac2 Vacuum Blender*,  I couldn't resist setting our old stick blender aside to try something a far more modern & powerful.  The thought of effortless smoothies, guacamole, nut butters, cauliflower rice, and so on, was too much to resist.

The Optimum Vac2 Vacuum Blender at a glance.


The Optimum Vac2 Blender's control panel

Froothie's Optimum Vac2 Vacuum Blender (affiliate link) spec list is impressive to say the least.  It is a powerful commercial grade blender which boasts a 2238w motor, comes complete with a stainless steel 6 blade assembly and a generous 2L jug perfect for making the whole family those delicious smoothies which we all enjoy.  The blender can be controlled with either the easy touch preset functions (Smoothie, Veg&Fruit, Nuts, Soup and Pulse, as well as the Vacuum function) or the equally easy manual control where the desired time duration is input and the speed cranked up through 8 settings with the use of a dial.  The Vac2 blender comes complete with a 5 year domestic warranty (which can be increased to 10 years for an addition fee) and is available in 3 colours; red, silver and black. 

The Vacuum function.

Optimum Vac2 Vacuum Blender

The exciting thing about Froothie's newest blender is the vacuum function!  No, it's not going to take over Henry's job twice a week, but rather it's a new function which sucks the air from the jug before the contents are blended.  We all know how quickly apples, for instance, discolour when they're sliced or bitten into through contact with the air, known as oxidisation, leading to the breakdown of the nutritional content, and basically looking very unappetising.

Put simply, when the 70 second vacuum function is used before either the Smoothie or Fruit&Veg functions are selected (there's no need to use it with the other preset functions) the air is drawn out of the jug before being blended which, Froothie claims, gives a longer shelf life to foods where all nutrients are maintained.    

But is it a gimmick or does it really work?

Well, I'm unable to say from a scientific point of view because like all households I'm unable to record the quantity of vitamins in our ingredients, but what I can do is share with you a series of pictures which shows two drinks taken over a period of 48 hours, one where the vacuum wasn't used and the other made with the use of the vacuum function.  After all, a picture tells a thousand words.

Strawberry Smoothie made without using the vacuum function in Froothie's Vac2 blender
A strawberry smoothie made WITHOUT the vacuum function.  It was stored in the fridge between pictures being taken.

Raspberry & Mango Smoothie made using the vacuum function in Froothie's Vac2 blender
A raspberry & mango smoothie made WITH the vacuum function.  It was stored in the fridge between pictures being taken.

I know which I'd rather drink, and it isn't the strawberry one!


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.