bloggers to share their baking recipes, and non-bloggers to find new
recipes to whet their appetite. This post contains a full round up of
December’s bakes and I also highlight what I made from the collection!
Christmas is almost upon us! And of course Christmas is such a great excuse to bake!
As so many of the bakes linked up to #BakingCrumbs over the past few weeks had a clear Christmas-sy vibe, lending themselves perfectly to be added to a buffet table when entertaining, or even to be offered as edible Christmas gifts to family, friends & neighbours, I am sharing the December round up a little early this month. I’d hate for you to miss out on the amazing ideas that have been shared!
So if you’re still on the look out for some awesome Christmas food ideas, do keep reading. We have you covered with:
- Delicious variations of homemade Mince Pies ✓
- Alternative Christmas Cake ideas ✓
- Fun character bakes ✓
- Bakes perfect to offer as edible gifts ✓
- Quick and easy bakes perfect to offer those unexpected guests ✓
- Easy savoury ideas ✓
If you’re not a blogger, do check out the bakes which whet your
appetite by simply clicking on the recipe title in green! You can also
find out about the recipes linked up this month by clicking on the
thumbnail images in this month’s ‘linky’ towards the bottom of the post.
And if you’re a blogger, feel free to link upto 3 of your bakes in the linky at the bottom of the page
and do remember to share some of the blogging love by checking out some
of the other bakes. The new January linky is already open!
3 Alternative Christmas Cake Ideas
- Midge’s Black Forest Cake
is not only a definite showstopper with its 5 layers of chocolate
sponge, chocolate buttercream, chocolate curls and the rest, but it’s
also gluten free and vegan, and free of the top 14 allergens! Do check
it out, it’s a great alternative Christmas cake.
- If you’re looking for a fun Christmas cake, I think Jenny’s Rudolph’s Red Nose Chocolate Cake
fits the bill perfectly. It’s such an easy character cake to make, and no doubt
delicious too being a chocolate cake covered in chocolate frosting with
chocolate antlers! And if you check out Jenny’s recipe you’ll find that Rudolph has a surprise within!
- There’s always something so special about bundt cakes, and Jenny’s Cinnamon Bundt Cake is certainly no exception. It would make a great addition to your Christmas buffet table this year.
3 Fun Christmas Bakes
- I just love how cute Rebecca’s snowmen are which are decorating her gluten free Mini Christmas Cakes, and can you believe she’s even made a nut-free marzipan too! Nobody need miss out!
- I made these fun Santa Cupcakes,
though feel free to call them Father Christmas Cupcakes, or even Santa
Clause Cupcakes if you prefer. Trust me when I say that this super festive bake,
which would be perfect to share with loved ones as a gift or as part of a buffet
table, is easy to do! I’ve compiled a video to illustrate how
simple they are to make.
- If you know somebody who is a fan of Disney’s Frozen then you need to check out Kat’s Snowball Cupcakes!
They’re super easy to make filled with yummy marshmallow fluff and
topped with a fondant ‘snowflake’ and a scattering of coconut!
2 Small Cakes perfect for Christmas
- These Strasbourg Kouglof,
baked by Choclette over at Tin and Thyme, sound delicious having been made with an enriched dough, similar to brioche, punctuated with almonds and rum
- If you’ve not had chance to make a large Christmas cake yet, then why not check out Eb’s recipe for Easy Christmas Cake Muffins,
which are gluten free, nut free and alcohol free. Not only do they
contain all of the flavours of a traditional cake being packed to the
rafters with fruit and a hint of warming spice, but they take just 45
minutes from start to finish!
2 Mince Pie recipes
- Debbie’s take on homemade mincepies are these scrumptious sounding Frangipane Mince Pies.
They’re topped with a delicious frangipane mixture, and she suggests
scattering over some crushed amaretti biscuits too to add to that almond
deliciousness. And she’s not stopped there – do check out her recipe
to find out about her suggested added ingredient to the standard
- Let me give you Jo’s recipe title: Melt in the Mouth Almondy Mince Pies! Is it possible for a Mince Pie recipe to sound any more tempting? I think not!
3 Christmas Cookie recipes
- If you’re on the look out for a lovely vegan cookie that is crisp on the
outside, soft on the inside and really easy to make then do check out
Midge’s Perfect Vegan Chocolate Cookies!
- Can a biscuit get any more festive than Helen’s Stained Glass Biscuits.
I think not. And if you think that they’d be difficult to make, then
think gain as Helen’s young daughter helped out with the bake too.
is a bake I’ve yet to try, and it turns out they’re new to Helen and
her family too. She describes them as a slightly crisp cookie with a
slightly soft centre which they gave a cinnamon / sugar coating making
them very Christmassy!
Easy Chocolate Bakes for Christmas
- Brownies are such a popular bake – and there’s no wonder when they’re
super easy to make, super chocolatey, and super squidgey! So why not
pimp up your brownie recipe to give it a Christmas feel, just like Eb,
from Easy Peasy Foodie, with her White Chocolate and Cranberry Brownies.
- Rocky Road,
like this one from Helen at Cooking with my Kids, is one of those recipes which is
always a crowd pleaser. Chocolate. Biscuits. Nuts. Fruit. Or what ever
you have to hand in your cupboard makes it such an easy bake, perfect
for getting the kids involved too.
3 Ways with Puff Pastry
- These Vegetarian Plaits
, from me at Only Crumbs Remain, are a great meat-free Christmas option. They’re packed with great vegetarian proteins and are super
easy to make with shop bought puff pastry.
- Cheese straws are always popular.
But why not take them to the next level with the addition of bacon and a
little dijon mustard! Do check out Eb’s recipe for Bacon and Cheese Straws, though if you’re vegetarian why not consider substituting the bacon for some quorn ‘ham’ or ‘bacon’!
- Cat’s Nutella Pinwheels,
made with shop bought puff pastry, would be perfect to serve to guests
over the festive season. I mean who doesn’t love Nutella!
2 Loaf Cakes
- This Nutty Pumpkin & Banana Bread with choc chips,
from Jo of Jo’s Kitchen Larder, is packed with all things tasty and
delicious! It’s a super easy bake and sounds perfect for kicking back
and enjoying with a cup of tea, or even as an after-school treat!
- Louise, from Cooking with Kids, shared her recipe for this really easy all in one Coffee Loaf Cake, which would make a lovely alternative if you’re entertaining friends and family over the next week or two.
What we recreated in the Only Crumbs Remain kitchen this month…
Like most households at this time of year, time has been of a premium over the past few days … which hasn’t been helped with Dad’s visit to A&E after a fall on the ice! Thankfully the x-rays ruled out any break, other than a slight dent to his pride (I’m sure you know what it’s like to fall and then look around hoping that nobody saw you!) he’s ‘just’ sprained the wrist. So with most of Monday spent at the hospital with Mum & Dad, I’ve been chasing my proverbial tail these past few days and although I would have loved to have tried Jenny’s Rudolph Red Nose Chocolate Cake or Midge’s Black Forest Christmas Cake, I needed a super quick and easy, yet deliciously yummy bake to ease the building stress levels!
Eb’s White Chocolate and Cranberry Brownies fitted the bill perfectly. I mean who doesn’t love a rich fudge-y like chocolate brownie! And even better when it’s been Christmassy-fied (OK, perhaps that’s not a real word, but I’m sure you know what I mean) with cranberries & white chocolate thrown in. These were pretty darm good eaten very slightly warm from the oven and even better, if that’s at all possible, the following day.
I must encourage you to check out Eb’s recipe for White Chocolate and Cranberry Brownies! They’re really super easy to make, rich and indulgent and perfect for treating guests over the festive period.
Now onto January’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 just above the actual linky) and paste it into your post’s HTML
- 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.
And why not use the hashtag #BakingCrumbs on Instagram too!
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And why not join the Baking Crumbs FaceBook group too, and share your love of baking with other like minded people
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What you can expect from me:
I will be commenting on all of the bakes entered into the #BakingCrumbs linky. I will also be sharing your delicious bakes on Twitter, as well as Stumbling and Yumming them (where there is a ‘Yum’ button)! I shall include a full roundup the subsequent month (usually on the 1st), as well as highlighting my favourite bake from that month’s collection!
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