Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Apricot & Almond Shortbread Slices

Consisting of three separate layers, this Apricot & Almond Shortbread recipe is all about varying texture.  And of course flavour! 

How to make almond and apricot shortbread

How does short crumbly almond shortbread, topped with delicious fruity apricot 'jam', and finished with amaretti biscuits and flaked almonds sound?

Well, for me it sounds sheer bliss, and given how well these pimped up slices of shortbread have been received amongst family and neighbours they clearly feel the same too! 

Almond and Apricot Traybake Shortbread recipe

This easy traybake recipe (and yes, it is easy with no rolling out, creaming or folding) is all about texture.  Starting from the bottom up is a layer of super short almond shortbread which almost melts in the mouth.  Then comes the soft fruity taste of apricots, their beautiful colour peeking temptingly through the crumble of amaretti biscuits and flaked almonds.

How I wish I had another slice right now!

Almond Shortbread topped with an apricot jam and finished with a crumble of amaretti biscuits.

In fact, as it takes less than an hour to make, including the bake time, you can find me in the kitchen whilst I rustle up another batch just in time for an afternoon treat! 

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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Raspberry & White Chocolate Ganache Tarts

These pretty no bake tarts are easy to make and a great make ahead dessert when entertaining.  With a reduced fat ganache filling they're kinder to the waistline but still bring all the yumminess expected of a chocolate ganache dessert.  Keep reading to watch a short video showing how easy they are to make.

Reduced Fat Raspberry & White Chocolate Ganache Tart recipe

One of my favourite flavour pairings has to be raspberry & white chocolate.  Sharp raspberries teamed with creamy sweet white chocolate, to me, is utter bliss.  Although I'm sharing with you this super easy and incredibly yummy Raspberry and White Chocolate Ganache Tart which also happens to be reduced fat (though more about that in a moment), you may also like to check out our other Raspberry and White Chocolate recipes which are sure to get your taste buds dancing if you too are a fan!  We're talking Raspberry & White Chocolate mini trifle, Raspberry & White Chocolate Fudge which always goes down a treat, and a super easy peasy Raspberry and White Chocolate Upsidedown Cake, to name just a few.

Raspberry & White Chocolate Mini Trifles Homemade Raspberry & White Chocolate Fudge Raspberry & White Chocolate Upside Down Cake

Back to today's recipe, reduced fat Raspberry & White Chocolate Tarts.

These pretty tarts are no bake and super easy to make.  We're talking of a lovely biscuit base that is filled with a luscious raspberry and white chocolate ganache and decorated, if you like, with a little melted chocolate, freeze dried raspberry pieces and white chocolate curls.

It was amazing the light work our new high speed blender, the Froothie Optimum Air Vac2 Vacuum blender (affiliate link), made of turning the biscuits to fine crumbs (a task I used to carry out with a rolling pin) and the raspberry mixture super smooth without any trace of those pesky raspberry seeds (I'd would often call on the help of fine sieve to help remove them though there would usually be one or two that got through the mesh some how!)  If you are looking out for a high speed blender you may like to check out my honest and comprehensive review of the Froothie Vac2 Vacuum blender.     

How to make easy make ahead ganache tarts

As I've already mentioned, these tarts are a reduced fat dessert recipe.  By substituting the usual double cream in the ganache for cashew milk we've been able to reduce the total fat content per serving by just over 7.5g (and the saturated fat by 5g).  Granted it's not a massive reduction, after all these Raspberry & White Chocolate Ganache Tarts aren't designed to be an everyday sort of treat, but as a certain supermarket likes to remind us "every little helps!"

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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Baking Crumbs - April 2018 round up

 Welcome to this month's #BakingCrumbs post.  It contains a full round up of April's bakes to whet your appetite and I also highlight what I recreated from the recipes linked up.  Keep reading to find out what's new for May!  


It's been great this past month to see the continued range of inspiring bakes linked up to #BakingCrumbs.  There really is something for everyone from quick and easy cookies and traybakes, free-from recipes and even spectacular illusion cakes, plus even a few savoury recipes too.  It's always lovely to see you guys continue to share your bakes each and every month,  as well as welcome new faces to the baking fun with Amanda from Icing Insight, Jhuls from The Not So Creative Cook, and Caroline from Caroline Makes. 

So, as always, if you're tempted by any of the recipes in the round up below simply click on the recipe title in green to find out more.  And for those of you curious to learn what we re-created in the Only Crumbs Remain kitchen from all of the bakes linked up last month do keep reading and all will be revealed!





What's happening with #BakingCrumbs in May.

 

Well this month I am super excited to announce that #BakingCrumbs has a guest host!  The lovely Jo of Jo's Kitchen Larder has very kindly agreed to step in my shoes and host May's linky for me whilst Mr E & I kick back a little and enjoy our favourite month.  I know Jo is super excited to take the reins for the month, I know she's going to be a fabulous 'hostess'.

So if you've been baking and are looking to link up this month, do pop over to Jo's linky post where she's keen to give you a warm welcome. 





April's Baking Crumbs Round-up



3 Tempting Cupcakes


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  • If you're a fan of Maltesers, and frankly who isn't, then you need to check out Kat's Malteser Teaser Cupcakes!
  • Our Jammie Dodger Cupcakes are perfect for those who love the popular sandwich biscuit.  Think of them as an extra yummy pimped up treat with a flavour combo of raspberry & white chocolate.
  • Made with a rich Devil's Chocolate sponge, containing an Easter surprise in the centre, Nickki's Cadbury Creme Egg Cupcakes look very tempting with the two-tone vanilla frosting and Creme egg decoration.  The recipe definitely needs pinning ready for next Easter's inspiration.

 

 

2 Muffin Recipes 

 

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  • If you're wondering what to do with the bananas lurking in the fruit bowl, how about teaming them with peanut butter to make Cat's Banana & Peanut Butter Muffins.
  • Our easy & healthy Breakfast Muesli Muffins are packed with goodness.  The muffins are not only perfect for breakfast on the go, but any time you choose. And being full of muesli and a cheeky handful of choc chips every mouthful is different!

     

     

     

     4 Cakes Decorated with Fondant


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    • Ready for a jaw dropping moment?  Then check out Amanda's Giant Jammie Dodger Cake.  I'm sure you'll agree that it's such a seriously amazing illusion cake!  Amanda has helpfully shared a detailed step by step guide, complete with images, to help you recreate it for the jammie dodger fan in your life. 
    • Can you believe this dropped icecream is actually cake!  I know!  Amanda rocks with her illusion cakes and she again shares a great tutorial with clear steps & images sharing How to make a Giant Dropped Icecream Cone.
    • Our Cat Cupcakes are a really fun bake. The video tutorial I shared shows how easy they are to make.
    • Containing an undoubtedly morish Devil's Food Cake, Amanda's tutorial sharing How to make a Totally Fetch Mean Girls Cake totally blew me away!

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