So what did you guys do this Valentine’s Day? Me? I made whoopie.
Get your mind out of the gutter! Ay? No! Well, maybe, but that’s none of your beeswax!! teehee
No, what I meant was, I tried my hands at whoopie pies and hey, they were a hit!
When the “Love at First Bite” gauntlet was thrown for February’s Sweet Adventures blog hop challenge, I had a billion recipes running through my mind. Narrowing down those recipes to something I hadn’t tried before, and something that was really special to me and my new husband, I had a pretty tough decision to make. So like any food blogger who cant choose between two dishes, I took the only road I could, and did both. This post however, contains only one of those recipes (stay tuned for the other later in the month).
A quick welcome and thank you to those returning and also the new food bloggers who are partaking in this months Sweet Adventures Blog Hop. We wouldn’t be doing this without you and are very grateful that there’s been such a fab response. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to partake last month but we had a massive 49 people last months and for a hop that only started 4 months ago, we’re pretty impressed with the ever growing numbers. I cant wait to see what everyone comes up with this month
Stud and I don’t really eat too much dessert at home. There’s only two of us so if I make a cake or anything, we’re eating it for days so I normally save my baking for when we have friends over. Thankfully, with recipes in mind, we actually had a Valentine’s Day bake off at work so it was perfect timing to bake, save a couple of slices and palm the rest off to my coworkers – who by the way, love my baking but are complaining that I’m going to make them fat haha.
So anyway, Whoopie pies! While we (Australia) went through the cupcake faze and then the macaron faze, America went from cupcakes to Whoopie pies. They’re basically two rounds of cookie like cake that’s sandwiched together with your favourite filling. My favourite filling (or topping, or base, or cake, or….anything really) is peanut butter. As you guys will know from my previous SABH for the humble pav, I’m obsessed with all things Reese’s so once I had my Whoopie Pie Maker, it was pretty much a given that there would be chocolate, and there would be peanut butter. It’s just how I roll.
Chocolate Whoopie Pies
Adapted from Sweet Treats
250g plain flour
70g coco powder
1 1/4 tsp bicarb
1/2 tsp salt
100 butter, softened
160g brown sugar
1 XL egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g milk choc chips
Canola oil spray
Whisk together the flour, cocoa, bicarb and salt into a bowl.
In a separate bowl in the stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Scrape down the sides and add the egg. Mix well.
Add the vanilla and 250ml of buttermilk, beating until well combined. Slowly add half of the dry mixture, mix until just combined, then add the remaining half of the dry ingredients. Add the remainder of the buttermilk if its a little stiff (mine was).
If using the whoopie pie maker: Preheat whoopie pie maker and when green light is on, spray lightly with canola oil. Add a heaped tsp of the mixture in each mould and place down lid for 5-7 minutes or until springs back when touched. Remove whoopie pies and place on a wire rack, repeating the process until all of the batter has been used.
If using an oven: Preheat oven to 180°. Prepare a baking tray with non-stick paper and using a round cookie cutter (around 8cm-ish), trace out circles about an inch apart until the tray is full. Place a heaped tsp of batter inside each traced circle and place in the oven for around 10-12 minutes or until springs back when touched. Remove whoopie pies and place on a wire rack, repeating the process until all of the batter has been used.
Peanut butter cream
A Dining with a Stud original
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 cup thickened cream
2tbs icing sugar
Using an electric mixer, beat peanut butter until soft. Gradually add cream and beat until creamy. Add icing sugar to taste and beat until no longer grainy.
Spread peanutbutter cream on the underside of a whoopie pie and sandwich together with another pie. Repeat until all pies have been sandwiched. You may lick the rest of the bowl of buttercream
Sweet Adventures Blog Hop – Love at First Bite
The SABH is brought to you by 84th & 3rd, Delicieux, The Hungry Australian, The Capers of the Kitchen Crusader, and moi, Dining With a Stud. This blog hop is open to all food bloggers. Please link-up any new, related posts published during February.
IMPORTANT - Please read the instructions below, they explain how to link up and how to get the hop to appear on your post. If you aren’t sure of something leave a comment or send me an email at email@example.com and I will help where I can.
- Click here for the Link Code – Grab the code and add it to the bottom of your Love at First Bite post, you will need to do this in HTML view.
* Adding the code will create the thumbnail link list on your post so people can hop from one entry to the next!
* REMEMBER – if you are on wordpress.com [not self hosted] the list will not show on your blog, please create a text link back to this post so others can hop through the entries!
- Grab the SABH Love at First Bite badge and add it to your post – you can get it at the top of this post or from the Announcement page.
* Just right click on the image, ‘save as’, upload to your site and add it to your Love at First Bite post.
* Link the badge or a line of text to the hostess post [that’s this page here] so that others can view the instructions on how to join.
- Click here to Enter the Hop – This is the really important bit! The badge and thumbnail list are on your post, make sure to enter the hop so you appear in the list.
* On the entry screen, please add the link to your Love at First Bite Post [not your homepage].
* When asked for ‘your name’ please enter your blog name, not your name.
* When asked for a back link, link to this post.
* Your entry will be submitted when you click ‘crop’ on your photo.
PLEASE NOTE – your linked post WILL NOT appear straight away in the blog hop thumbnail list. To combat spam this is a moderated hop. Your post will be visible in the list after approved. Entries are approved in the order they are submitted during waking hours in Sydney. A girl needs to get her beauty sleep.