Thursday, September 23, 2010

Amish Tradition

I think it's sweet that Bradley has my blog set as his home page. Whenever or wherever he gets on the internet the first thing he sees is my girly, flowery, sweet-filled blog. I am more embarrassed by it than he is...especially when we are in class filled with smart seminary people who don't like girly, silliness. I don't know that they would have a problem with flowers or sweets, but I can imagine that they would rather read Calvin's Institutes than a post on cupcakes and the light it brings into my life. And you know what, that's okay. Even though I do believe that a cupcake can truly light up anybody's life.

But, this post is not about cupcakes. It is about chocolate and peanut butter. The relationship between chocolate and peanut butter is a beautiful thing. They are meant to go together, created for each other, the perfect marriage of salty and sweet. I'm bringing you chocolate and peanut butter in the form of a whoopie pie!

According to Amish tradition (and wikipedia, a completely reliable source), Amish women would bake their men (husbands, brothers, sons) these treats and pack them in their lunch box. When lunch time came and the farmers opened their lunch they would shout, "whoopie!" Hence comes the name, Whoopie Pie.


My desire for you is to make your own dessert and exclaim, "whoopie!" Because such an outburst of joy over chocolate and peanut butter is indeed warranted.

Speaking of Amish...at one point in my life my family owned an Amish buggy...another story for another time...

Whoopie!

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Whoopie Pies
From Bakerella and Whoopie Pies

Classic Chocolate Whoopie

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
4 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl, sift together, flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  • In another bowl, beat butter, shortening and sugar with a mixer on low until just combined. Increase speed to medium and beat for about 3 minutes.
  • Add egg and vanilla and beat for two more minutes.
  • Add half of the flour mixture and half of the milk and beat on low until incorporated. Repeat with remaining flour and milk and beat until combined.
  • Using a tablespoon, drop batter on baking sheet two inches apart. Bake for about 10 minutes each or until pies spring back when pressed gently.
  • Remove from oven and cool for about five minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.
1 Tbsp of batter should make about 48 two-inch cakes or 24 pies.
2 Tbsp of batter should make about 30 four-inch cakes or 15 pies.

Salty Peanut Butter Filling

3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Beat peanut butter and butter on low until creamy using a mixer.
  • Add sugar and salt and beat on low to incorporate. Increase speed to medium and beat for about four minutes until the filling is light and fluffy.
  • Spread filling on flat side on one cooled cake. Top it with a second cake and press gently.
Store whoopie pies in an airtight container.

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