Whoopie Pies (Daring Bakers Challenge Dec 2013)

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Christmas cake whoopie with Irish cream and marzipan filling. This was a rather crude attempt at being clever. I replaced the sugar in the Vanilla Whoopie Pie recipe with my homemade Christmas cake to create lumpy boulders, complete opposite to the perfect whoopee discs.

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If I wasn’t looking after a 16week old baby, I would have had time to infuse the buttermilk with Christmas cake before straining it through a fine muslin cloth…but chucking in a hunk of cake had to do. I filled my pies with Irish cream flavoured cream, with a blob of marzipan in the centre.

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I was a bit over generous with the Irish cream which resulted in a runny filling…but despite the visual disaster, these cakes tasted quite nice!

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The December Daring Bakers’ Challenge had us all cheering – the lovely and talented Bourbonnatrix of Bourbonnatrix Bakes was our hostess and challenged us to make fun, delicious and creative whoopie pies! Delicious little cake-like cookies sandwiching luscious filling in any flavors we chose… What else is there to say but “Whoopie!”

VANILLA WHOOPIE PIES Recipe source: FoodNetwork Magazine

Servings: 8 whoopies

Ingredients

2 ¾ cups(660 ml) (11-2/3 oz) (330 gm) flour 1 teaspoon (5 ml) (5 gm) baking soda ¾ teaspoon (3¾ gm) baking powder ¾ teaspoon salt

½ cup (1 stick) (4 oz) (115 gm) butter, softened

1 1/3 cups (320 ml) ( (10-2/3 oz) (300 gm) granulated sugar

2 teaspoons (10 ml) vanilla

1 large egg

2/3 cup (160 ml) buttermilk

Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar and vanilla with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy; beat in the egg. On low speed, beat in the flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with the buttermilk in 2 batches; beat until just combined.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop 16 mounds of batter onto the baking sheets, about 2 inches (50 mm) apart (about 2 tablespoons (30 ml) batter per cookie); gently form into rounds with damp fingers and smooth the tops. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to moderately hot 400°F/200°C/gas mark 6. Bake the cookies until they spring back when pressed, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool 5 minutes, then remove to a rack to cool completely.

 

OLD FASHIONED VANILLA FILLING Recipe source: Baked Explorations, by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

Servings: way more than you actually need to fill the whoopies

Ingredients

1 cup (240 ml) (8 oz) (225 gm) granulated sugar

1/4 cup (60 ml) (1 oz) (30 gm) all-purpose (plain) flour

1 cup (240 ml) whole milk

1/4 cup (60 ml) heavy cream (about 35%)

1 cup (2 sticks) (8 oz) (225 gm) unsalted butter, cool but not cold, cut into ½-inch (15 mm) cubes

1 teaspoon (5 ml) pure vanilla extract

In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk the sugar and flour together. Add the milk and cream and cook over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until the mixture comes to a boil and has thickened, 10 to 15 minutes.

Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on high speed until cool, at least 7 minutes. (You can speed up the process by pressing bags of frozen berries or frozen corn against the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl.) Reduce the speed to low and add the butter; mix until thoroughly incorporated. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until the frosting is light and fluffy. You can’t overbeat this mixture. Just let it go until it’s nice and smooth.

Add the vanilla and continue mixing until combined. If the frosting is too soft, put the bowl in the refrigerator to chill slightly, then beat again until it is the proper consistency. If the frosting is too firm, set the bowl over a pot of simmering water and beat with a wooden spoon until it is the proper consistency.

 

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