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.

2 Easter Cupcake Recipes


Easter Cupcakes
  • With even more Mini Egg love, how about Kat's Easter Nest Cupcakes, not only are they really pretty and perfect for the Easter Weekend, they're also really easy to make having watched Kat's short video.
  • Our 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 accompanying video tutorial takes you through the process step by step.

3 Easter Recipe Ideas using Creme Egg

Ideas for Creme Eggs
  • These Creme Egg Chocolate Brownie Cookies from Something Sweet Something Savoury are a chocoholics' dream!   Chocolate brownie cookies.  Dark chocolate ganache.  Mini Creme eggs.  Chocolate heaven!
  • If you've ever wondered how to re-create the ever popular Cadbury Creme Egg at home, then Rebecca has the answer with these Supersize Cream Eggs, complete with a helpful video tutorial.
  • Salted Caramel Egg Brownies, need we say more!  Kat shares great step by step images to help you make this wonderful brownie that everybody will love!

2 Hot Cross Bun Ideas


Hot Cross Buns
  • I love the idea of these Mini Hot Cross Buns, Tear & Share from Debbie at Proper Foodie.  Not only are they perfect for get togethers over the Easter Weekend, they're flavoured with chocolate orange - undoubtedly a popular flavour combo! 
  • And if you've not got the time to prove the bread dough to make Hot Cross Buns,  how about ringing the changes with these gluten free Hot Cross Scones from Kate at Gluten Free Alchemist!  That's a right a scone, but with all the attributes of of the traditional bun!

2 Carrot Cake Recipes

Carrot Cake recipes
  • Eb's Coconut Pineapple Carrot Cake takes the ever popular carrot cake into tropical waters.  It sounds totally delicious to me,  and although it would be perfect at any time of year it'd surely be a welcome rest to the Easter holiday chocolate overload.  
  • Another twist on the carrot cake is Debbie's Almond Carrot Cake which contains ground almonds, dates, a little mixed spice and coconut sugar making it very low in refined sugars.  Check out her minute long video to see how easy it is to make.

2 Gluten Free Cake Recipes


Homemade gluten free cake
  • If you're looking for The Best Gluten Free Sponge cake recipe, which can be stacked and layered with jam and frosting, as well as being beautifully light with aromatic vanilla, then you need to check out Gluten Free Alchemist's post! 
  • How tempting does Rebecca's Mocha Cake look, which also happens to be gluten free, egg free and dairy free! 

3 more Cake Recipes


cake recipes

2 Flapjack Recipes


Flapjack recipes
  • Flapjacks are one of those treats which Mr E & I take on our walks to recharge the batteries, and Cat's Apricot & Almond Flapjacks would be perfect wrapped up and put into our rucksack for that purpose.  With flaked almonds for that nutty hit, dried apricots as well as apricot jam she tells us that they're neither too soft nor too firm.   
  • This Fruity Honey Flapjack, from Helen at Cooking with my Kids, replaced the refined sugar with honey to make this popular traybake with her young son.

3 Bread Recipes


Bread recipes
  • Jess from Jess Eats & Travel shared this Algerian Semolina Bread (Kersa) as part of her Recipes from Around the World series, which is so fascinating.  This particular recipe, made with easily sourced ingredients, would be perfect served with soups, stews, casseroles or simply warm with butter! 
  • Have you ever tried a Monkey Bread?  It's an utterly delicious tear and share sort of bread spiced with cinnamon, and , just like Helen's family, it's a great bake for involving the youngsters.  
  • I'm a huge fan of easy, no knead breads.  They're so easy and quick to make.  Midge's recipe for Dairy Free Cheese & Onion Wholemeal Quick Bread is ready in less than 45 minutes.  Just mix, shape & bake, and you're rewarded with a bread that must be so yummy!

1 Savoury Recipe


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




4 More Bakes to Try


Home baking recipes to try
Clockwise from top left:
  •  I've always thought of quinoa as a savoury ingredient but Monika from Everyday Healthy Recipes has challenged that with these Chocolate Muffins with Quinoa.  Don't they look glorious, you'd never know that they contain quinoa looking at them.  Monika tells us that with the protein (courtesy of the quinoa), and the fact that they have a moderate amount of sugar & fat they are great for breakfast, brunch or even as a healthy snack.
  • How does a warm Wholemeal Spelt Welsh Cake grab you, served straight from the griddle (or frying pan), packed with fruit and having a lovely nutty flavour courtesy of the Spelt flour that Choclette used?  
  • Corina's Peanut Butter Cookies look seriously tempting with those gorgeous crinkles.  And then she describes them as the tastiest cookies in the world.  Even better than chocolate chip ones!  
  • Cooking with Kids shared these gorgeous sounding Apple & Honey Muffins, not only did they get a big thumbs up from her family, they're perfect for using up a spare eating apple which may be lurking in the fruit bowl. 

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


Regulars to my Baking Crumbs linky will know that every month I recreate one of the submitted bakes in the Only Crumbs Remain kitchen, and I'm sure you can appreciate just how difficult it is to narrow them down to just one recipe!  This month was no different.  In fact I was in quite a quandary as to what to try.  Not only were Corina's Peanut Butter Cookies calling my name, Monika's cupcakes fascinated me with the inclusion of quinoa, and then, of course, there were all the Easter bakes too.

So to try to make things easier I called upon the help of Mr E.  Well, to be honest, that made it even harder because he had totally different ideas!  And so two, yes two, bakes were tried!  

Wholemeal Spelt Welsh Cakes recipe from Tin and Thyme
First up is Mr E's choice, Wholemeal Spelt Welsh Cakes from Choclette over at the vegetarian blog Tin & Thyme.  It's a recipe that neither of us have tried before, either ready made from the supermarket, in a tea room let alone made from scratch, so it was a the perfect opportunity to give them a try.  Let's just say we'll definitely be making them again given how quick and easy they were to make, and not forgetting how tasty they were.  As Choclette said in her post, they're absolutely delicious eaten warm straight from the pan.  It's a pretty good job that we made just half a batch, they were so good with a lovely nutty flavour courtesy of the Wholemeal Spelt.    

Easter Cookie recipe from Cooking with my Kids

Our second bake came from one of the many Easter bakes.  After all it is the Easter weekend!  I went with these Easter Cookies from Helen at Cooking with my Kids which are packed to the rafters with everybody's favourite Easter egg - the Mini Egg.  Other than the self restraint I needed to employ (after all, I needed to make sure there were some Mini Eggs to actually go in the cookies) this Easter Cookie recipe is super easy, so much so Helen's young daughter was heavily involved in making her batch.  They went down a treat with both Mr E & I, being a deliciously chewy cookie punctuated with lots of yummy chocolate.  Hubby has even requested I make them for the charity bake sale his office is hosting soon!         

Now onto April'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.

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  1. Such a lovely round up Angela! I would definitely love to try Choclette's spelt welsh cakes as they sound so good, although I know my husband and children would have chosen the mini egg cookies!

    1. Thankyou Corina :-) Choclette's Spelt Welsh Cakes were so good Corina - so yummy and really easy to make too - definitely one I'd heartily recommend :-D Ah the mini egg Easter cookies were very morish and another easy recipe too.
      Angela x

  2. Thank you for the lovely writeup Angela, shared the linky everywhere!

    1. Thank you so much Monika, that's lovely of you :-)
      Angela x

  3. Such a delicious selection! I'll be along soon to link up!

    1. That's brilliant Kat, I can't wait to see what you've been baking :-)

  4. Delicious round up and delicious choices for the bakes too! I have never tried Welsh Cakes before but they do look really good! As for the cookies with Mini Eggs - perfect Easter delight! :) x

    1. I can highly recommend Choclette's Welsh Cakes - they were so good as well as being lovely & quick to make :-) Ah Mini Eggs - I know so very yummy & tempting! We bought a couple of extra bags to make the cookies again for a charity bake sale hubby has at work in the next couple of days - I'm doing my best to just ignore the bags when I see them in the cupboard - it's sheer torture because all i want to do is open them and, erm, eat them all Jo ;-)
      Angela x

  5. What a delicious roundup! So much to try in all kinds of bakes. I’ve not managed to do much linking up recently but have finally pulled my socks up this month, even though very late, to join in!

    1. Thankyou Lucy, it's great to see that you've been baking :-) You're right - there's such a lovely range of bakes - definitely something for everybody.
      Angela x

  6. Thank you so much for featuring some of my recipes Angela, April was not a good month for me mentally and I had some reluctant down time so didn't link up but I'm back again and happier than before so can't wait for Mays Linky xxx

    1. Aw Rebecca, I'm sorry you've not been feeling great but so it's good to hear that you're now raring to go :-) Can't wait to see what you'll be linking up in May :-) Take care,
      Angela x

  7. Ooh, what a gorgeous selection of bakes. Everything looks so very tempting. I feel I never have quite enough time for the baking I'd like to do. I'm so glad you tried the Welsh cakes and liked them too. Thanks for giving them a go and for hosting and for such a nice right up.

    1. There really is a fab selection is there' something for everyone i think really. Those Welsh Cakes were so good Choclette, I'm so glad hubby asked me to make them - we'll definitely be making them again :-)
      Angela x

  8. Goodness..... shame on me! I missed this round up! Lovely recipes as always. xx


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