I have never been a fan of whoopie pies I think its because of the whole “next big thing” label that seems to surround them. Everyone seems to be saying that they will be the next cupcake but I really doubt it. Why am I posting a recipe for them then? Well I was asked to do a baking demonstration at a charity even this weekend and I wanted something easy and quick so thought I would give them a whirl, and do you know what? They were pretty good. The event was The Great Brownie Bake Off organised by Louise Thomas the Chocolate Consultant and was to raise money for the charity Wheels For Wellbeing. Twenty-two home bakers who thought they had a great brownie submitted samples and a panel of judges including Paul A Young and Abigail Phillips of The Cake Nest (who will be using the winning recipe for a year in her business) sampled each one looking for the best. During the day, whilst the judging was happening there were demos by a really great group of people
Stacie Stewart the Masterchef finalist, Fred Ponnavoy the head chef at GU Chocolate Puds, Caroline Aherne of Sugargrain Bakery and Sasha Jenner of Hobbs House Bakery. The day was a great success and whilst I was a little nervous doing my first live demo the whole experience was a lot of fun.
Chocolate and Banana Whoopie Pies – Makes 25
280g Plain Flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
115g sour cream
115g unsalted butter, softened
100g granulated sugar
100g light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1. Preheat the oven the 350F / 175C and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.
3. Mash the banana and mix with the sour cream, set aside.
4. Cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 4-5 mins. Add the egg and vanilla and beat to combine.
5. Add the flour mixture alternating with the banana mixture.
6. Using a tablespoon sized ice cream scoop portion the batter, leaving 2 inches between pies and bake for 12 mins or until golden around the edges. Let cool and fill with whatever takes your fancy, I used a simple chocolate ganache.
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