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4 Sep 2010

Making Whoopie

Who would have thought a classic Ella Fitzgerald number would be turned into a pie? Who would have dreamed that cupcakes would be sooooo last year? I DON'T CARE I want to marry them!

Whoopie pies are, in effect BFO's (Big Fat Oreos) dreamed up by some cookie loving American who dreamed a biscuit so big that it would land on my thighs faster than you can say cellulite. Gone are paper cupcake cases and in its place is hardcore "I don't need you cup cake case, Ill go for the burn on a sheet of greaseproof paper" bakery. And whence fully cooked, you shall slap a dollop of teeth tingling, stomach churning non dairy cream in the middle and serve it as a delectable treat cunningly disguised as a heart attack. SLURP.

As you can guess, the Bellemeister and I cooked up a storm in preparation for a tea party this afternoon. The weatherman said it was going to be lovely and so we thought "Yay, tea party and bunting and cup cakes".

Belle had this idea to make licky limes (that's coconut and lime cake)
Rainbow creams (That turned out to be just one colour cream - pink, no less. They were just plain buns with a pink buttercream).

These Rubble mounds
and Rose Cream Chockoly Whoopies

The filling is quite sweet and I have to announce (for sake of patenting etc) that I invented the rose cream filling **Breathes on nails and polishes them on bosoms**

We had made too much filling so I piped them onto a grease proofed sheet and made meringues with them. Rose meringues are like Turkish Delight wafers with super soft chewy centres. To Die For!
Then, after 2 hours slaving on the energy of "licking the bowl frequently" we came up with a beauteous tea.
Much to my horror, dark clouds formed over our region and put the kibosh on the whole outdoor teaparty affair meaning we had to trough the lot inside. Still a good time was enjoyed by all our family members

Oink Oink.

Nice one Mark. Manners and all that........

(including our psycho pooch who is still bouncing off the walls from excess sugar)
As promised - recipes are below for you. Delia would have a hissy if she saw the state of my method instructions. So just go with it, ok?!

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Whoopie Pies (UK adapted version - ie no corn syrup or palm oil!)
100g/4oz Butter or Margarine
100g/4oz Caster sugar
2 Eggs
4 tbsp Cocoa Powder
225g/8oz Self Raising Flour
½ teasp salt
1 teasp Vanilla extract
120ml/4fl.oz. Milk
(makes 16 dollops to create 8 whoopies - adjust to suit)

Method
You know what - don't faff with creaming butter and sugar first etc etc - just bung the whole lot in a bowl and mix until fluffy. Simples.
Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
Dollop two tablespoons of mixture onto the greaseproof paper and spread if desired. I didn't, I liked the rustic dollopness. It is customary to lick the bowl at this point.
Leave space between dollops so they don't weld during cooking!
Bang in the oven on gas mark 4/180c/350f for 15 minutes
Remove from the oven using a fish slice/spatula and cool on a rack.

Whoopie filling (UK adapted version removing corn syrup and palm oil)
2 Egg Whites
225g/8oz Castor Sugar
80ml/2½fl.oz. cold water
1 teasp Vanilla Extract
**NOTE - for my rose cream filling I substituted the water and vanilla extract for just Rosewater**

Method
Take a heatproof bowl (pyrex??!) and bung all the ingredients in. Mix with a mixer until combined and even.
Place the bowl over a pan of boiling hot water and keep mixing with a mixer.
Watch the magic happen! The whole mixture begins to rise and fluff and form proper meringue peaks.
Take off the pan when fully fluffed - be careful, its like molten bloody lava.
Allow to cool fully and don't think for one minute about sticking your finger in it for a sneaky taste.........it takes ages to cool. Then you can take a finger dippy lick.
Place filling in a piping bag with your chunkiest nozzle and pipe the filling in between two whoopies and they are ready to serve. Warning: Don't eat too much pie filling as it will, eventually, make you gag.

NOTE: If you have any filling left over, pipe onto greaseproof paper and place in the oven on gas mark 2 for ten minutes, then gas mark one for 30 minutes to give you the best crispy-on-the-outside-and-chewy-in-the-middle meringues.

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Rubble Mounds
1tbs butter
3oz marshmallows
5oz Rice Krispies
Fudge chips
Butterscotch chips.

Melt butter and marshmallows over a medium heat. Pour mixture over rice krispies, in a mixing bowl and add the fudge and butterscotch chips. Mix thoroughly. Spoon into cup cake cases. Scoff the lot. Immediately.


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Licky Limes

200g/8oz plain flour
1/2 tsp salt (I never use salt, personally)
2 tsp baking powder
75g/3oz butter
75g/3oz sugar
Zest one lime
125ml milk
1tsp vanilla extract

Again, don't faff about trying to be Mrs Beaton or Fanny Craddock (Martha Stewart, if you are from the US). Just bung the whole lot in a bowl and mix, mix, mix. seriously, who has time to do it the proper way?
Spoon the mixture into cup cake cases.
Place in the oven on gas mark 4/180c/350f for 15 minutes
Take out and place on a wire rack to cool

To Ice
Add 1 tbs of squeezed lime juice in a bowl and then add 3oz of icing sugar. Mix well and smear on top of a bun after testing the mixture first by sticking your head in the bowl and tasting it for yourself (always recommended)


I have to add this picture that I took during our bake-a-thon - Ellie impatiently waiting for the cup cakes to rise
She is a funny little thing

Ok, off to see a plastic surgeon for impending liposuction after todays intake of 5693560976195 calories.

14 comments:

Sandie said...

Thanks so much for the recipes.. and the laugh at this ungodly hour of the morning!

Time for bed.. simples!! Will definitely try one or two of these soon!!

cardmaking bird said...

Yummmmmmm!!! It all sounds soooo nice, you've made me that hungry I had to break into the M&S Flapjack Mini Bites lol! Thanks for the recipes, my little boy might be in for a treat tomorrow if he fancies a spot of baking! Marie x

Fiona said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Sounds good. You are a girl after my own heart. All my baking recipes start with with 'bung all ingredients into bowl and stir' - My kind of cooking!

x

Sue said...

Thanks for the receipes. They will be passed on:)

One question - Why weren't we all invited?:)

Kate said...

Ok I have say to hell with Delia I LOVE your method!! Throwing everything into the bowl is the way I like to do it!!
Will have to try these, just have to decide which one first:-)thanks so much for putting the recipes up;-)

Julia said...

It all sounds so wonderful Kirsty I swaer my thighs have increased just reading it!

Jenny said...

I am soooo trying some of these out when The Boy gets back from Kenya! *nom* Ellie looks almost sulky! So cute. Hope the pooch as come down from the sugar rush!

Andrea said...

Fantastic recipes, can't wait to try them, lovely cakestands too!!
Andrea

Dianne said...

Thanks for the recipes, we shall definately be trying them. The cakes look delicious!

Angela Weimer said...

wow, they all look so scrumptious especially the choco whoopies. Thanks for the recipies. I cannot wait to try them with Belle. She loves to cook with me.Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful evening. Angela

Jo said...

Thanks for the chuckle and the fab recipes, have you ever thought of writing a cookbook?!!! Mind you don't think I would get much cooking done for laughing!! Jo x

D@nielle said...

ooh yummy I like whoopie pies, ahve you tried the filling with marshmellow fluff ?

D@nielle said...

ooh yummy I like whoopie pies, ahve you tried the filling with marshmellow fluff ?

*reyanna klein* said...

I REALLY want to try these! I've had whoopie pies. I LOVE those. I love what you did with the extra filling! Brilliant! :-)