Sunday, 1 July 2018

Baking Crumbs - July 2018

Welcome to July'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 June's bakes where I also highlight what I tried from the recipes linked up!   

With the wonderful warm dry weather that we've been having here in the UK,  it's pretty unsurprising that last month's Baking Crumbs saw numerous bakes shared which made the most of summer berries and other flavours, like elderflower and Pimms, associated with long summer days.  And for those of you who can never get enough of chocolate (I often count myself in that category) we have 4 yummy chocolatey treats just for you, as well as loads of oter inspiration too!

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, you can also check out bakes linked up this month by clicking on the thumbnail images found towards the bottom of the post.  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!

Cakes that include alcohol!


Cakes that include alcohol

  • I think the continued gorgeous weather that we've been enjoying here in the UK definitely calls for Kat's Pimms Cake to be made this weekend, I mean how amazing does it look!  It definitely screams of summer! 
  • Sometimes you just have to kick back a little with a G&T in one hand a slice of Louise's Gin & Tonic Drizzle Cake in the other hand!

Recipes which include Blueberries.

recipes which include blueberries
  • Resembling a doughnut (or is that donut?), Jo's Sweet Blueberry Buns with a Lemon Glaze is a traditional Polish recipe, called Jagodzianki.  It certainly looks like a treat not to miss, I'll be giving them a try once the local bilberries (wild blueberries) have ripened in the coming weeks.
  • I'm just loving the swirl of jam rippling through the centre of Cat's Blueberry Lemon Swirl Loaf Cake, which she also included over the crust too.  It's definitely a great mid-week treat.
  • Jo's American style Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze are a little bit different to the circular scones we're familiar with  here in the UK, but to me they sound heavenly packed with masses of blueberries and finished with a zingy lemon glaze.     

2 Recipes to make with Fresh Strawberries.

Recipes to make with fresh strawberries

Recipes which use Elderflower Cordial.

Recipes which use elderflower cordial
  • To mark the royal wedding back in May Anca made an Elderflower & Lemon Cake which sounds glorious sandwiched with a lemon creme pat and finished with an Italian meringue icing as well as edible flowers.
  • Nickki's Vanilla, Lemon, Elderflower & Strawberry Cake looks the perfect cake now that summer has arrived.  It's made with 2 layers of vanilla & lemon sponge, filled with sliced strawberries and an elderflower buttercream. 

4 Yummy Chocolate Recipes.

Yummy Chocolate Recipes
(Clockwise from top left)
  • I love the name Puddle Cookies - it just evokes wonderful thoughts of yummy soft cookies and these Chocolate Expresso Puddle Cookies from Kate are certainly no exception.  Being gluten free, dairy free and a great recipe for using up egg whites they definitely look to be the sort of cookie everyone needs in their repertoire. 
  • Macarons.  Yum!  Chocolate Macarons.  Double yum!  Honey Chocolate Ganache.  Triple yum!  Check out Choclette's Chocolate Macaroon with Honeyed Chocolate Ganache recipe and learn her top tip for preventing ganache from splitting!
  • Our easy to make Double Chocolate Cookies certainly aren't shy on chocolate with the whopping 360g of real chocolate in them!
  • How decedent do these Raw Chocolate Snack Squares look from Rebecca at Glutarama - and yet they're jam-packed with loads of healthy fruit, nuts & seeds!

Snacks which use Maple Syrup.


Snacks which use maple syrup
  • How about trying Jhul's Maple & Walnut Biscotti, a twice baked Italian biscuit, to accompany your favourite pot of coffee!   
  • Did you know that triangle flapjacks are dangerous?  Don't believe me, then check out Kate's back story to her Chewy Apricot, Apple, Cinnamon & Maple Flapjacks - just remember they're for eating - not throwing! And honestly, when a flapjack looks this good who's going to be throwing them anyway!   

Biscuits with a Twist.


Alternative biscuit recipes
  • I'm really loving the sound of Anca's Ghraiba, a Tunisian biscuit which is really easy to make with a mixture of gram flour (chickpea flour) and plain wheat flour.  Being similar to shortbread I can imagine that they'd melt in the mouth beautifully.
  • We all know how much fun it is to make a Gingerbread House over the Christmas period ... so why not make a Super Cute Beach Hut Cookie House over the summer break like these Amanda made over at Icing Insight.

Illusion Cake Inspiration.


Illusion Cake inspiration

  • Is it a lolly or is it a cake?  I've said it before and I'll say it again, Amanda is such a talented cake decorator - plus she's always more than happy to share her 'tricks of the trade' like with her Seriously Cool Fab Ice Lolly Cake Tutorial.
  • Can you believe this Hipster Af Avocado Toast Cake is actually cake!  I know, Amanda is just egg-cellent!  I know sorry, lol ... though if you want more egg puns do pop over to Amanda's tutorial where she tells us this is cake is perfect for the new cake decorator to try.

4 Must Try Bakes.


Recipes to try
(Clockwise from top left)
  • Our Coconut & Lime Cupcake recipe uses the tropical flavour combination to yummy effect... though don't blame me if you find yourself singing Harry Nilssons's 'Coconut' all day 😁
  • If you're torn between making cake or crumble, how about combining the two with Rebecca's Rhubarb & Ginger Crumble Cake which also happens to be vegan and gluten free.  Just pass the custard!
  • I'm a huge fan of Meringue Kisses, they look amazing topping cakes or sandwiched together with a yummy frosting or ganache, but the thing which always gets me is the kink to the top of the kiss - seriously cute. 
  • Packed with apple, grated carrot and cranberries, Johanna's Apple Carrot Muffins, which are vegan and free of refined sugars, look to be a great freezer standby for when the munchies hit!

2 Vegan Savoury Recipes.


Vegan Savoury Recipes
  • Definitely worth pinning ready for some cooler weather are Nico's Perfectly Crispy Vegan Mayo Roast Potatoes.  They look the business having a crispy outside and fluffy on the inside!  Pass me a fork will you!
  • Can you believe that Nico's Meaty BBQ Seitan 'Ribs' are actually suitable for vegans!  With the lovely warm weather we've been enjoying of late here in the UK, they'd be a great choice for some alfresco dining.

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

American Style Blueberry Scones with a Lemon Glaze

Like every month, the recipes linked up to June's #BakingCrumbs linky proved tantalising to say the least with so many amazing summer bakes, not forgetting those with chocolate yumminess, nor the enticing roast potatoes from Nico at YumSome which will definitely be made once the weather cools down a degree or ten.

The bake we chose to try was Jo's American Style Blueberry Scones with a Lemon Glaze.  Now, I must admit that I'm not normally a huge fan of traditional scones that we see here in the UK, (I think it's probably because they're served with cream which I'm not a huge fan of - though I must admit that the ones hubby and I had EVERYDAY whilst on honeymoon at the The Drunken Duck Inn, in the Lake District, were quite something!)  so I was quite interested to see (or rather taste) if I preferred them.   

Jo's American styled scones were made ultra tempting with the oodles of blueberries packed into them.  A few of those blueberries oozed their juice a little during the bake creating a scrummy 'jammy' syrup which intensified the blueberry flavour even further.  Being fairly small the oven didn't need to be on long (an important consideration in this hot weather!).  The scones were a doddle to make and had a wonderful delicate crumb which were super light and deliciously fruity, though I must admit that I chose to up the lemony-ness with a little lemon zest added to the scone dough.  Both my Mum & Mr E (Dad's trying to be good and doing really well) weren't the only ones to enjoy them - I have been loving these fruit packed American scones!      

You can find a yummy range of recipes over at Jo's blog,  Jo's Kitchen Larder.

Now onto July's #BakingCrumbs Linky. 


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  1. The Summer is well and truly here and scorching temperatures are not the only sign of that :) Your round up is full of gorgeous Summery bakes Angela, yum! :) I was so chuffed when I realised that you made my scones too xx :) Adding extra lemony-ness in the shape of some lemon zest sounds like a great idea :) I will be back with my latest bakes soon, berry bonanza may continue ;) xx

    1. We certainly are well and truly in the throws of summer Jo :-) Aw bless you, those American scones were so very very good Jo - we all loved them so much. Yay bring on the berry bakes - I'm looking forward to seeing what you've been rustling up :-)
      Angela xx

  2. Oh my goodness. What an amazing selection of recipes. So much summery inspiration!
    Thanks you so much for including all of mine in the round up..... I feel quite greedy taking up so much space xx

    1. Aren't they just Kate - there's certainly no shortage of yummy summer inspiration is there :-D Hahaha, you're more than welcome Kate it's always lovely seeing what you've been making xx

  3. What a gorgeous round-up Angela. Everything looks absolutely scrumptious and now I've seen Jo's scones, I now have the urge to bake some. I'm having problems with the linky again and I'm just getting error messages. So if it's OK, I'm leaving my link here: -

    1. Thankyou Choclette, though it's only great because of all the amazing bakes that have been linked up :-) Ooh Jo's scones are so good - definitely one a keeper of a recipe :-D Don't worry about that Choclette, you're not alone in having problems with this linky - I'll be changing to another one very soon which should get rid of the issues people are having. I'll get you're recipe linked up - and just looking at it's name I can see it's a great one :-D
      Angela x

  4. an amazing array of cakes and bakes here Angela,and a fabulous round up by you xx

    1. Isn't there just Jenny, it's awlays so good to see what people have been baking :-D
      Angela x

  5. What a brilliant line up! I feel like I need to make the entire chocolate list right now and gorge it all in a one-er :) That's my weekend sorted! :) xo

  6. How rude of me not to comment here! Apologies, Angela. I thought I have already left a comment the first time I saw your post. Thanks a bunch for the mention & everything is looking so good! I shared a recipe of French Apple Cake - I hope you like it. :)

    1. Aw bless you, there's no need to apologise Jhuls :-) Ooh a French Apple Cake sounds very fancy I'm looking forward to checking it out - I'm sure I shall like it :-)
      Angela xx


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