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
February’s bakes where I also highlight what I recreated from the recipes linked up!
Febuary’s #BakingCrumbs linky saw 29 wonderful recipes shared to provide inspiration, and generally drool over, from a showstopper cake to easy cookie recipes as well as seasonal ideas with pancakes and Valentine’s day treats, and loads more besides!
Of course, although Shrove Tuesday (pancake Tuesday) and Valentine’s Day have been & gone for the year, pancakes still make a great weekend breakfast and of course the Valentine’s Day bakes are waiting for you to pin them ready for next year’s inspiration! So, if you’re tempted by any of the recipes below simply click on the
recipe title in green to find out more. You can also
check out about the bakes linked up this month by clicking on the
thumbnail images towards the bottom of the post.
And if you’re curious to learn what we re-created in the Only Crumbs Remain
kitchen from all of the bakes linked up in February do keep reading
and all will be revealed – I’m sure you’ll love it as much as we did, it’s an absolute belter!
4 Everyday Cakes
- Upside down cakes are super easy and incredibly effective – and of course really yummy too just like this Blood Orange & Chocolate Cake that I whipped up recently.
- If you have a few pears lurking in the fruit bowl, how about using them in Rebecca’s Chocolate and Pear Cake, which, being flour-less, is naturally gluten free.
- This easy to make upside down Rhubarb & Ginger Cake, from me at Only Crumbs Remain, is lightly spiced and gently warming. It makes
great use of seasonal forced rhubarb which marries well with the
- Chocolate cake in all of its guises is a winner with most people – just like this easy Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake from Louise over at Cooking with Kids.
1 Showstopper Cake
- If you’re a fan of cookies & cream ice cream then you need to check out Kat’s showstopper of a cake – Cookies and Cream Oreo Drip Cake. Her picture says it all! What are you waiting for?!
2 Cupcake Recipes
- Simple Lemon Cupcakes
are always a winner, like these from Corina, who shows that the fresh
clean flavours are popular whether you’re new to piping or not.
- My Double Chocolate Orange Cupcakes are a chocoholic’s dream! They contain
real chocolate in both the sponge and the buttercream, and are finished
with an oven-dried slice of orange!
3 Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day
- Can a cupcake get any more perfect for Valentine’s Day than these Hidden Heart Valentine’s Cupcakes? And believe it or not, with Cat’s step by step photographs, they’re actually really straight forward to make!
- These Red Velvet Cupcakes from Kat are finished with a delicious cream cheese frosting and pretty heart shaped sprinkles!
- Helen from Cooking with my Kids shares a neat little trick to transform
your usually round cupcakes into heart shapes when she made these
lovely Red Velvet Cupcakes with her young family.
3 Biscuit / Cookie Recipes … plus a Chocolate Truffle!
- I’m a huge fan of shortbread biscuits. Short. Crumbly. Buttery. Melt
in the mouth yummy. Utter heaven. Jacqui’s recipe for Orange and Almond Shortbread is super easy and is packed with some great tips.
- Jenny’s Date & Chocolate Cookies are what memories are made of! She tells us that they’re “crisp on the outside and figgily chewy on the inside”!
- Love marzipan? Then you need Kate’s recipe for Soft Italian Amaretti Cookies. Not only do they look amazing, they’re also naturally gluten free and dairy free too.
- Anybody for a Fruit & Nut Chocolate Truffle?
These gorgeous truffles from Rebecca at Glutarama are dairy free (as
well as free of gluten, wheat, soya & egg) and look utterly
delicious with the pieces of hazelnut rippled through the raisin, prune
and coconut mixture.
2 Tray Bakes
- How utterly delicious do these Beetroot Coconut Brownies
look from Monika at Everyday Healthy Recipes. It sounds as though they were a winner with her family too.
- These Raspberry Jam Filled Breakfast Squares
from Sadhna are a doddle to make, and look very tempting with the layer
of red jam sandwiched between the oaty crust which is lightly spiced with cinnamon.
4 Dessert Recipes
- Lime and ginger is a wonderful flavour paring, perfect for this Easy Lime and Ginger Cheesecake from Louise who had help from her young children in making it.
- This Open Apple Pie,
from Jess at Jess Eats & Travels, is packed with bramley apples
enriched with butter and spiced with cinnamon & nutmeg. The handful
of raisins sprinkled over the top towards the end of the bake makes it
even more interesting, and undoubtedly even more tasty.
- Rebecca Rose from Cheeky Cognoscenti shared this wonderful Rhubarb & Strawberry Lattice Crust Pie recipe.
She also explored how to thicken the fruits which have a high water
content, different pastry recipes (one including vodka which I need to
try!) through to the effect of various pastry washes.
- These Mini Strawberry Jam & Cream Tarts from Jess are as pretty as a picture, perfect for a romantic meal or a summer’s picnic.
- Our first Tiramisu recipe comes Jo’s Kitchen Larder, which she calls the Perfect Eggless Tiramisu.
And doesn’t it just look perfect with those fabulous layers of creamy
mascarpone with a hit of Baileys and the coffee soaked lady’s fingers!
- Not being out done, Midge’s free-from take on this popular dessert is this Creamy Vegan Tiramisu Dessert which has the expected layers, but the addition of dark chocolate ganache and it’s finished with a cute sponge heart!
1 Classic Patisserie Recipe
- Jess shared the recipe for creme patisserie / pastry cream
– a baking classic which is great to have under your belt ready for
filling eclairs and fruit tarts. If you’ve never made it, check out
Jess’s post – it’s a lot easier than you may imagine.
3 Pancake Recipes
- How does the idea of pancakes filled with pockets of Nutella topped with
caramelised bananas grab you? Yes? Then check out Helen’s Chocolate and Banana pancakes recipe which she made with her two young children.
- If you’re looking for something a little different to mark Pancake Tuesday (or a delicious weekend breakfast), Jo shared this impressive and vibrant looking pancake (crepe) recipe with Mascarpone Cream and Cranberry Compote. It looks utterly delicious and certainly a recipe not to be reserved for Shrove Tuesday alone.
- Rebecca shared a collection of 8 Free-From Pancakes,
she has you covered if you’re looking for pancake recipes which are
gluten free, vegan, sugar free. And if you’ve ever wondered the history
which lies behind your child’s Pancake Race then do pop over to her post
for a read.
3 Savoury Recipes
- Being a huge fan of homemade bread, and the aromas that fill the home whilst it’s made, Debbie’s Italian Tigella has drawn me in.
If, like me, you’re unfamiliar with Tigella then do check out her
recipe, as well as drool over the images of them stuffed with Nutella as
well as the savoury ham & cheese!
- These delicious sounding Mash Filo Parcels, with a selection of four different fillings, comes from Debbie over at Proper Foodie and is the perfect accompaniment to pie!
- These Chili Cheese Hearts from
Cat are so very versatile. Not only can you cut the biscuits into what
ever shape you want (think hearts for Valentine’s Day, stars for
Christmas, as well as the usual circles, and squares), the chili heat
can also be customised to suit too.
What we recreated in the Only Crumbs Remain kitchen this month…
Being a huge fan of marzipan, and somebody who struggles to decorate a fruit cake without succumbing to the call of the almond paste (“eat me, eat me!”), my ears always prick up when somebody describes their bake as being ‘marzipan like’. So when the lovely Kate from Gluten Free Alchemist described her Soft Italian Amaretti Cookies recipe just like this I knew I had to give it a try.
I was certainly not left disappointed, they were just what they promised to be. Crisp on the outside, soft and marzipan like on the inside. In fact, an utter dream and totally moreish. I only wish I had made a few more, but being such a quick and easy recipe which is naturally free of gluten and dairy, it’s a treat I can call upon even when time is slightly limited.
So, if you’re like me and adore marzipan then I
must encourage you to check out Kate’s recipe for Soft Italian Amaretti Cookies, and her blog, Gluten Free Alchemist, for loads of great gluten free recipes and tips.
Now onto March’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
- 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!
You are also invited to join the Baking Crumbs pinterest group board! Just drop me a note and I’ll get you added to the board!
And why not join the Baking Crumbs FaceBook group too, and share your love of baking with other like minded people
Please note, by linking up you are giving me permission to use your photograph in the round up and on social media too.
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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