2017 is creeping upon us and with that comes the excitement and anticipation of what the new year will hold. It’s also a traditional time to cast our minds back over the previous 12 months, allowing us to remember the highlights of 2016. So, with that in mind I thought it would be interesting to look back through the recipes on Only Crumbs Remain and share the 10 best bakes of 2016, according to statistics, but also a few of our personal favourites.
So without further ado, here are Only Crumbs Remain’s Top 10 Best Bakes of 2016! In many ways, these bakes have been chosen by you, the reader, and so really are the most popular bakes! If you find yourself tempted by one of these recipes, just click the on the green recipe name!
So starting off our best bakes countdown are these delicious
vegetarian chicken and leek pies. These were such a winner for Mr E
& I with the robust vegetarian hot water crust pastry filled with a creamy sauce
containing a quorn chicken substitute and leeks. These pies were packed
with a delicious and easy to make filling meaning they were far more satisfying than
many shop bought versions which seem to be predominantly filled with
#9 Apple Roses.
they pretty! And they’re such a perfect bake for Valentine’s Day. Or perhaps Mother’s day, or even just because!
It’s amazing how a little bit of pastry and a couple of apples can
produce such an effective, and of course delicious, bake! The
majority of the apple roses I saw over on Pinterest, which inspired this
bake, were made with shop bought puff pastry, a pastry I enjoy along
with the next person. But having thoroughly enjoyed some Rugelach
which had been made with a cream cheese pastry just a couple of months
before, I chose to ring the changes and use a different pastry.
you’ve heard of aquafaba, I’m sure you’ll be surprised to learn that macarons
can be enjoyed by vegans and therefore be made without egg whites!
These Chocolate Orange Macarons were made during the month of
Veganuary, and the process of making them is much the same as making
regular macarons. They’re definitely a must try! If you’ve yet to
encounter aquafaba, I’m more than sure you’ll have some in your kitchen
cupboard already! Intrigued? What are you waiting for, go check out
the recipe and learn all about the miracle that is aquafaba!
Cheese Tarts were absolutely scrumptious with its shortcrust pastry,
creamy cheese filling and breadcrumb topping. The method lends itself
well to allowing the component parts to be prepared well ahead of time,
meaning they can be assembled and flashed under the grill just before
serving. These open cheese tarts are also amazing when assembled with a
layer of caramelised onion chutney, which you can read about here if you like.
Although this vegetarian pastry plait was only shared a couple of weeks ago in the crazy run up to Christmas itself, it has performed amazingly well. I know Mr E will be pleased to see it ranked so highly, having reached the respectable position of number 6 in my countdown, and why, well it’s actually one of his favourite bakes that I have shared during the course of 2016. It consists of delicious buttery, flaky, puff pastry which houses a mixture
of good vegetarian proteins: mixed beans, two cheeses, and chestnuts.
These flavours and textures are supported with the addition of
caramelised onions, cranberries and seasoning. Every mouthful is different. And if all that wasn’t enough, its delicious both warm and cold, easy to make and looks inviting with the plaited pastry crust. It’s really no wonder it’s done so well in such a short space of time!
In at number five of our Best Bakes 2016 count down is this deliciously light Lemon & Mousse Cake. It was made to celebrate a dear elderly friend’s birthday, after all every birthday should be marked with a cake. Not only was the genoise cake
itself beautifully light and airy, it was brought to life with
lashings of lemon curd which was not only drizzled over the top of the
mousse but was also contained within the light mousse itself. Being
made with aquafaba, a miraculous and free (!) vegan egg white
substitute, the lemon mousse is free of raw eggs making it safe for many
groups in our communities.
#4 Bavarian Slice.
its flaky puff pastry, creamy custard, sharp raspberries & sweet
icing decorated with a classic chocolate feathering who could resist this
delicious teatime treat! That was certainly the case when I made a
batch to share with my parents for father’s day back in June this
year. This bake was an absolute winner for us; not only did it stay
fresh for a number of hours whilst I went to my clay throwing class, but
my parents loved it so much that they made a repeat order! And who can
blame them?! It’s no wonder it came in at number 4 of my Best Bakes of
Being a Yorkshire Lass through and through, I was delighted when I noticed
this traditional regional bake was in at number 3 of Only Crumbs Remains Best
Bakes of 2016. Sadly, despite its ease to make and delicious flavour,
it’s actually a bake which is seldom seen in bakeries and tearooms, even
here in Yorkshire. Yorkshire Curd Tart is traditionally made from
curds (think curds and whey, rather than lemon curd, which are easy to
make at home), though if you prefer you can substitute the curds for a
good quality cottage cheese. So, if you’ve never tried this easy to make regional Yorkshire bake, I encourage you to rectify that and give it a whirl! ?
illusion cake, made with jelly beans, was a first for me. It was
amazing to learn how those sweets stayed in suspended animation without
the need for any hocus-pocus! The cake itself was made in March to mark Only
Crumbs Remain’s first birthday and consisted of a 3 layered
raspberry and white chocolate sponge covered in a delicious white
chocolate mascapone frosting before being finished with fruity jelly beans. Yum!
And now for the top spot of Only Crumbs Remain Best Bakes of 2016………drum roll please maestro!
#1 No Knead Bread.
So sitting proud as punch in my countdown is this amazing bread, which requires no-kneading whatsoever! This no-knead bread recipe has proved to be an incredibly popular post after sharing it back in April. Having seen Paul Hollywood make one on City Bakes, I knew I had to try out the concept of creating a loaf of bread without kneading the dough! Surprisingly it works really well. So much so, it inspired our No-Knead Rosemary & Garlic Focaccia. With the wholemeal flour included in the dough it’s a little healthier than the plain white counterpart. Not only is it a great homemade bread recipe for those with arthritis, and similar, but it’s also great for busy households who want to enjoy the aroma of homemade without the mess and effort of kneading!