Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Whoopie Pies

In between visiting with the chicks in their coop, reading, and snuggling with sweet Winslow Homer on my much-too-short visit with my Aunt Julie (of Dog Trot Farm), one morning we talked of whoopie pies.

One morning of whoopie pie talking turned into an afternoon of baking!

A whoopie pie is a bit like a cake sandwich. They are considered a New England phenomenon and also a Pennsylvania Amish tradition -- Amish legend says that when children or workmen would find these treats in their lunch boxes they would shout "Whoopie!" According to Wikipedia, anyway.

There are many varieties of these mouth-watering pies, but my favorite is the traditional chocolate!

Pie recipe from FINEST KIND: a collection of favorite island recipes

2 C. flour 1 C. granulated sugar
1 tsp. baking soda 3/4 C. milk
1 tsp. salt 1/2 C. oil
1/2 C. cocoa 1 tsp. vanilla extract (but I use a little extra)
1 egg

Combine ingredients and drop on greased sheet (I use a sheet of parchment paper instead). Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Whoopie Pie Filling (from the Whoopie pie lady featured on the WCSH6 207 show):

6 T. fluff
4 T. vanilla
4 T. flour
4 T. milk
4 C. confectioners sugar
1.5 C. Crisco

Add all ingredients in bowl and beat until smooth. Then place a scoop of filling between two of the pies and ENJOY!!

Hey, who snuck a bite of pie?!
Oh, right. It was me!
I also made a loaf of banana bread, but we'll save that recipe for another day!