Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Whoopie Pies Back to Your Table

A whoopie pie is a sweet baked foodie which is almost like a soft biscuit, a cake and a pie. It is made up of two round pieces of cake-like biscuits or softer cookies which are put together with a sweet, creamy filling. For fun, whoopie pies are also called gobs, hucklebucks, and BFOs, the big fat Oreos!
Yummy Whoopie Pie
If you enjoy delicious soft mocha pies, there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t try much smaller whoopie pies served with afternoon tea. Traditionally, the cake part is made with the same old cocoa powder with brown sugar giving it a dark brown look, while the filling is a light and fluffy, marshmallow crème oftentimes flavored with vanilla.

Before the birth of whoopie pies, cupcakes were the same classic favorite for teatime. You will notice that a whoopie recipe is so similar as to making a cupcake, making them the cakey cousins of traditional cupcakes. If not with the added ingredients and flavorings into the batter and the filling itself, whoopies would have been the same cupcakes we used to know.

The Original Maine Whoopie Pie Since 1925

Modern whoopie pies already come in flavorful toppings of a glace icing, piped cream, chocolate vermicelli, jelly tots, festive colored jams, and many others. As cousins, whoopie has also continued to come out great with anything used to decorate the top of a cupcake. Truly cousins!
A whoppie pie today - By Flutterby Bakery

Making your Whoopie Pie

Even kids will enjoy this! Generously spread the flat side of a cold cake or soft biscuit with a filling. Place another cake/biscuit on top of the filling (to make a sandwich) then gently press both halves together to secure the sandwich. Make sure to put a generous filling so it forms a deep, rich and mouth-watering layer in between. This makes the most delicious whoopie pies.

For a Traditional Whoopie Pie Filling

Whisk together eggs, castor sugar, honey, vanilla and water in a heatproof bowl. Place the bowl over a saucepan of boiling water, then whisk until the mixture is thick, creamy and can stand in peaks. Remove from heat and whisk for another minute to slowly cool. Fill whoopie pies with the fluffy filling.

The Basic Glace Icing  
Mix confectioners sugar with a very little water and stir until smooth. Be careful with adding water to avoid making a too runny mixture. Spread a generous amount over the tops of whoopie pies. You can add flavorings the icing mixture like lemon, orange, mint, vanilla or coffee, or sprinkle the icing with chocolate vermicelli, or small sweets and allow to set on the whoopie pie. 

Today, you can still enjoy old original baked chocolate whoopie pies with a taste back in 1925.  

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