Monday, 20 August 2018

15 Blackberry Recipes

Grab these 15 blackberry recipes for inspiration if you've been foraging in the hedgerows.  There's something to suit everybody from fabulous drinks to enjoy on a late summer's evening to savoury recipes as well as plenty of dessert and snack ideas for using blackberries.   

15 blackberry recipes that you need!

Beautiful, black, juicy, blackberries are seemingly on every hedgerow at the moment.  So if you've been foraging for some and are wondering what to make with blackberries then wonder no longer!  Today, with the help of some of my food blogging friends, I am sharing with you 15 brilliant blackberry recipes.

As good as a blackberry crumble is (and trust me I'd be the first in the queue for a portion of crumble with custard!), blackberries can be used in a host of different recipes that would be great from breakfast through to supper, as well as a little tipple at the end of the day!     

If a recipe catches your eye simply click on the recipe title in green.

 Blackberries for Breakfast


Blackberry recipes suitable for breakfast
  • This Blackberry Oaty Traybake from Lucy at Baking Queen 74 oozes blackberry juice and is packed with slow release energy courtesy of the oats making it perfect for breakfast.  But of course it would also be great sliced up for a late summer picnic or simply included in a lunch box for a delicious treat. 
  • Made with just 5 store cupboard ingredients this Blackberry Smoothie from Mabintu at Recipes from a Pantry is thick, creamy and makes a great breakfast snack.  As an added plus Mabintu shares suggestions for ingredient substitutions too. 

Blackberries in Savoury Recipes

Savoury blackberry recipes

Treats and Snacks using Blackberries 


Treats and snacks using blackberries.
  • These Blackberry and Pear Cupcakes from myself at Only Crumbs Remain make great use of autumn fruits.  The cupcakes are filled with a homemade blackberry and pear jam, and topped with an easy mascarpone and white chocolate frosting.
  • Inspired by her Polish mother, these Blackberry Prune Squares from Monika at Everyday Healthy Recipes are low in fat and sugar, and are perfect as a snack.
  • These Blackberry Lime Cupcakes from Lizet at Chipa by the Dozen are packed with berries and are topped with a cream cheese frosting which carries a pretty pink colour courtesy of a little blackberry juice.

Desserts using Blackberries


Dessert ideas using blackberries.
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  • I'm really digging the colours in this Blackberry Panna Cotta Tart with Passion Fruit from Sylvie at The  Foodie Journey - plus having been made with with agar agar it's suitable for vegetarians too. 
  • Imagine a layer of juicy blackberries covered with creamy rice pudding which has a crunchy caramelised crust!  Sounds good, yes?  Then you need this Blackberry Rice Brulee recipe from Jacqui at Recipes Made Easy.
  • A wonderful pimped up frangipane of Blackberry, Almond and Rosemary Tart from Jacqui at Recipes Made Easy would be great served as a treat with a cup of coffee or tea as well as a dessert with family and friends.  
  • This Blackberry and Almond Cake recipe from myself here at Only Crumbs Remain is super easy.  It makes great use of seasonal blackberries, teaming them with almonds to make a really great flavour combination.

Blackberries in Drinks

Blackberries in drink ideas

 Blackberry Conserves


Blackberry jam recipes
  • Jam making is one of the best ways of preserving foraged fruits, like blackberries, such as this Easy Blackberry and Apple Jam recipe from Camilla at Fab Food 4 All.
  • Our Blackberry & Pear Jam from myself at Only Crumbs Remain uses nature's free bounty to make a tasty preserve for just a few pence.  Not only is homemade jam easy to make and can be used in lots of ways, this blackberry jam recipe uses 25% less sugar than most!


Monday, 13 August 2018

Blackberry and Almond Cake

This Blackberry Cake recipe is super easy.  It makes great use of seasonal blackberries, teaming them with almonds to make a really great flavour combination.

Blackberry and Almond Upside Down Cake

Blackberry season has arrived in the UK.  Just last week when Mr E and I went for a lovely walk through our local countryside in Yorkshire it was evident that those gorgeous dark fruits that we all know and love were ripening quickly in the continued warm weather.


Having foraged for some the question was what to make with blackberries.  For those of you prepared to hang fire for inspiration I'll be sharing an awesome collection of blackberry recipes soon, but for those of you who may be looking for some ideas for using blackberries now then how about trying our Blackberry and Pear Cupcakes, which were filled with this scrummy Homemade Blackberry and Pear Jam, and or perhaps a Blackberry and Pear Frangipane Tart.    

Homemade Blackberry and Pear Jam

But in the mean time, today I'm sharing with you the blackberry cake recipe that we rustled up to make good use of those free berries.
Our Blackberry and Almond Cake is in fact an upside down cake (and if you've followed Only Crumbs Remain for a few months I'm sure you will know of my love of such cakes!)  Blackberries are a really great soft fruit to use in an upside down cake.  What's not to love when they produce such a fabulous colour contrast to the almond cake, not to mention the aroma whilst the cake bakes, as well as the 'lick your lips' yummy flavour. 😋

Blackberry and Almond Upside Down Cake
Blackberry and Almond Cake is definitely a winner in my book.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Baking Crumbs - August 2018

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

24 bakes from July's #BakingCrumbs linky, with lots of #BakingInspiration with #ChocolateRecipes, #Recipes that use #SeasonalBerries, as well as #IdeasForBakingWithChildren and some #NoBakeDesserts..

With the weather here in the UK having been incredibly dry and hot these past few weeks many people have been reluctant to turn their oven on, myself included.  Nobody wants to make their home feel any hotter than it already does,  so it was amazing that some braved the heat and got their bake on last month with some seriously scrummy ideas.  We're talking mouth watering recipes which make the most of summer berries, yummy chocolate bakes, lots of recipes which are perfect for getting the children involved with, as well as some no-bake desserts which would be perfect if the weather turns hot again!       

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 the 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!

But first ...

#BakingCrumbs is changing!


I know many of you know first hand how much fun it is to host a linky: getting to know the bloggers who join in each month, drooling over their bakes, as well as sharing that inspiration on social media and here on the blog. But the flip side of that coin is how much time it can command.

So, Jo of Jo's Kitchen Larder who did an amazing job guest hosting #BakingCrumbs for me back in May has kindly agreed to be my co-host!  Yay 😁!

#BakingCrumbs will remain a monthly linky for all of your fabulous bakes, with Jo and myself taking it in turns to be the hostess.  We will both continue to comment, share and pin your bakes, as well as re-making one of the recipes in our own kitchen to showcase in the roundup.  Although much of the way that #BakingCrumbs has functioned over the past year will remain unchanged, I'm afraid that the round up will change.  We will produce a 'highlight' style round up aiming to include as many bakes as possible.

Both Jo and I hope you understand the reason for the changes and continue to join in with the baking fun.

So onto the bakes ...  

Fun Recipes for Baking with Children.


Fun recipes for baking with children.
  • I just love how Kate's gluten free Jammy Thumb Print Cookies transport me back to my childhood - they were such a fun bake back then and they're still a fun bake now.
  • Making your own homemade Mini Pizza's, just like these from Debbie at Proper Foodie, is a great activity to keep the children entertained during the long summer holidays.
  • If you're after a super easy and yummy cake with a fun swirl through the middle, how about trying Cat's Raspberry & Vanilla Swirl Sheet Cake!

Recipes using Summer Berries.


Recipes using summer berries.
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  • Colourful summer berries are great used in bakes right now, just like Jo's Strawberry Muffins with White Chocolate Drizzle.
  • Jenny's Strawberry Shortcake are an American version of our much loved British scones, but  even lighter.   Don't they look fabulous with the strawberries poking out from beneath the generous dollop of double cream!
  • My Strawberry Cupcakes are packed with strawberry yumminess from the freeze dried strawberries in the sponge cake, the strawberry jam hiding in the centre of the cake, to the fresh strawberries used as the crowning glory to the homemade strawberry buttercream frosting! Strawberry heaven!
  • With summer berries in abundance how about trying Helen's super easy Berry Crumble Slice!  With masses of summer berries topped with a crumble, what's not to like!

Bakes that include Veggies. 


Bakes that include veggies.

Yummy Chocolate Recipes.


Yummy Chocolate Recipes.
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  • This Double Chocolate Cake with Spiced Pears from Sylvie at The Foodie Journey, looks incredibly inviting and having read that there is real chocolate alongside a great choice of warming spices I'll definitely be giving it a try when autumn arrives here in the UK!   
  • Chocolate Muffins are always a winner, just like these which Helen made with her young children.
  • If you're a fan of the humble Bourbon Biscuit (and I mean, who isn't!), you need to check out Jenny's Bourbon Biscuit Cake.  It's totally inspired.  And looks totally yum!
  • For those who love Middle Eastern Flavours these Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cardamom from Choclette, are definitely worth checking out.  Plus she's also hosting a fab giveaway of quality Pacari chocolate, open until 4th August 2018. 

No Bake Dessert Ideas.


No Bake Desserts
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  • Does the sound of Gluten Free Alchemist's no bake Lemon Ginger and Dark Chocolate Tart with its 'explosion of flavours and textures which compliment and contrast each other, whilst exciting each and every taste bud' get your mouth watering at the mere thought of it?  It does mine!
  • If you're lucky enough to have got your hands on some yummy seasonal gooseberries Glutarama's Gooseberry Fool Crumble could be just the recipe you need.   Plus it's free of gluten, dairy and eggs.
  • Caroline's Oreo Marshmallow Fluff Cheesecake is another great no-bake dessert perfect for these warm summer evening that we've been enjoying.

Showstopper Cakes

Showstopper Cakes
  • Kat's White Forest Cake, made with white chocolate, seasonal British cherries, plus a hit of kirsch, is a delicious twist on the popular Black Forest Gateau.
  • Do you remember those retro Iced Gem Biscuits that were really dinky, cute and, erm, yummy?  Well here's a cake version from the very talented Amanda who shares here tips and tricks in her Retro Iced Gem Cake Tutorial.
  • How inviting does Nickki's Chocolate Cherry Drip Cake look.  I mean, with 4 layers of indulgent soft fudgey chocolate cake sandwiched together with cherry conserve, and covered with a beautiful pink cherry vanilla buttercream, seductive drips of chocolate ganache and finished with fresh juicy cherries, what more do you need!

Recipes with Meringue / Smores. 


Recipes finished with meringue / smores

Recipes from Around the World.


Recipes from around the world
  • If you're looking for something a bit different then Anca's Rijstevlaai recipe, a sort of rice pudding in a pie (made with a yeasted pastry to keep it lovely and soft) which hails from Belgium could be just the thing. 
  • I realise that we're in middle of a wonderful summer here in the UK, but in Australia, where Johanna the author of Green Gourmet Giraffe lives, they're in the depths of winter - the perfect excuse surely to have friends and family round for a Christmas in July roast dinner including a Nut Roast with Herb and Tomato Layers (and candy cane pizzas for the children!).  Surely one to pin ready for the festive season. 
  • How does a French Apple Cake, from Jhuls at The Not So Creative Cook grab you?  It definitely gets the thumbs up from me. 

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


Berry Crumble Bars from Helen at Cooking with my Kids.
The bake we chose to try from those linked up this month was Helen's Berry Crumble Bars.

The thought of seasonal berries, an easy to make dough, and a crumble topping sounded just up my street - after all I'm a huge fan of fruit crumbles and trying it as a traybake was singing loud and clear to me.  In fact having some partially defrosted fruits to hand (I ended up using a mixture of raspberries and mango pieces) after defrosting our freezer proved to be a really great way of putting them to good yummy use. 

It certainly lived up to expectation, and being a crumble fan those expectations were high.  It was simply divine.  The fruit juices turned deliciously sticky and jammy around the edge.  The base and crumble topping (made with the same dough) was wonderfully buttery as well as a doddle to make too.  It was just the treat we needed after a long day, and soon disappeared when we shared the pieces with hubby's work colleagues.

You can find lots of child friendly recipes over at Helen's blog,  Cooking with my Kids.

Now onto August'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........