Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream
First and foremost.. ty so much for joining my GA.. to those that have not done so yet.. do join in the fun.. my GA ends tmrw night so good luck to all yah..
Hows everyone doing?? its almost midweek and u can sense that this year is passing by quickly.. well to me that is.. ever since Sonia is in school.. i no longer get to do what i used to do.. no baking in the morning.. no chilling in bed till 10am.. everything changes which is refreshing to be honest..
My day typically starts at 6am.. by 8am i am already sitting at Starbucks having my latte with my ipad in hand.. i dont like to update my blog using Ipad and hence no updates in the morning.. by noon I will be driving back home.. yep this year i no longer hold the title SAHM... i am also the driver.. but i dont mind.. i love the feeling of being out and abt especially when its time to fetch hb fm work cos we always end up going somewhere after that :op
The whoopie pie (alternatively called a gob, black-and-white, bob, or "BFO" for Big Fat Oreo) is an American baked good that may be considered either a cookie, pie, or cake. It is made of two round mound-shaped pieces of chocolate cake, or sometimes pumpkin or gingerbread cake, with a sweet, creamy filling or frosting sandwiched between them. - From Wikipedia
Yes.. i finally baked these beauties.. i remember seeing it for the very first time in one of the newly opened cafes in town.. it comes in many colours and it looks like macarons without feet.. i remember telling hb that this cafe is selling macarons without feet until i saw their sign saying.. "I am really really NOT a macaron" hehe.. we decided to check out this place.. ordered a couple of whoopie pies.. ordered our typical Espresso and were pretty dissapointed with the taste of the so called macs without feet..
I guess i was expecting it to taste somehow like macarons and wasnt too sure of what to expect?well that was the last time i even set my eyes on any whoopie pie.. err well until Yani and I had our coffee at Starbucks.. (not my kinda of cafe to be honest!) .. saw whoopie pies and decided on it simply bec we were curious.. took a bite and ... ahhhh ... so this is how it shud taste like.. cakey, cookie and err pie?? while macs have crisp shells.. whoopie pies hv a chewier/denser texture.. more like pie/cake rather than a cookie.. hahaha confused?? bake it lahh.. :op
1 3/4 cups (230 grams) flour
3/4 cup (75 grams) Dutch-processed cocoa powder - i used valrhona
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup (170 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract or vanilla essence
1/4 cup (60 ml) buttermilk
1/2 cup (120 ml) lukewarm strong coffee or !/2 cup (120 ml) lukewarm water - i used double espresso hehe
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and place oven rack in the center of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In the bowl of your electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment (can also use a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg beating well. Beat in the vanilla extract. In a small measuring cup, mix the buttermilk and coffee (or water). With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk/coffee mixture, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour. Drop heaping tablespoons (can also use a small ice cream scoop) of the batter onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches (5 cm) apart. With moistened fingers or with the back of a spoon, smooth the tops of the cookies.
Bake for about 9 - 10 minutes or until the tops of the cookies, when lightly pressed, spring back. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Note: If u hv my mac sheets.. u can use it to bake ur whoopie pies.. the original size of whoopie pies is abt 5cm which i think is far too big for our Asian mouth muahahha
Now for the filling u can use any kinda fillings.. i decided to use swiss meringue buttercream and added enough chocolate ganache into it... u can also bake red velvet with creamcheese filling...
Swiss meringue buttercream recipe u can get fm here.. bake it and i am pretty sure that someday the whoopie pie craze will come to Asia.. just like macs and cuppies!
Source: Joy of baking