There are days when I just want to bake something but its not a cake or cookie that I am craving for. On a gloomy day these pies helped satisfy my sweet tooth and also my baking obsession! Actually it was my son who was after me to bake these for him. I made them twice in a row and they were gobbled up in no time! The pies which look like large cookies are actually soft like cake and go very well with the filling sandwiched between them. I think they are a real treat for little ones.
You must give these delightful little whoopie pies a try. They are perfect for a kids party or any other celebration as they are sure to win many hearts! The pies are soft with a delicious chocolate & whipped cream filling. Try something different this Christmas season!
Prep time: 20 mins | Baking time: 10-12 mins | Makes 10-12 pies
For the pies:
- 250 grams all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- a large pinch of salt
- 115 grams unsalted butter at room temperature
- 150 grams caster sugar
- 1 large egg beaten
- 150 ml buttermilk * see notes
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon strong black coffee (cooled) or coffee extract
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
For the chocolate & cream filling:
- 150 grams plain chocolate, chopped
- 450 ml double cream
- 1 tablespoon strong black coffee (cooled) or coffee extract
Make the chocolate filling (it takes time for the chocolate ganache to cool and thicken enough to be spread on the pies or else if it will drip when not cooled sufficiently, so it is recommended to make the filling first and then the pies)
Place the chopped chocolate in a heat proof bowl. Heat 200ml (a little less than a cupful) of cream in a saucepan along with the strong black coffee (or coffee extract) and pour this over the chocolate and stir till the chocolate has melted. Leave to cool for 30-40 minutes (or until the ganache is thick enough to be spread without dripping)
Whip the rest of the double cream till firm peaks are formed (do this after the pies are baked and you are ready to assemble them)
Make the pies:
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Line 2-3 large baking sheets with baking parchment. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt together into a bowl.
2. In another bowl beat the butter and sugar till it fluffy. Beat in the egg. Add in the flour mixture and the buttermilk in parts until well incorporated.
3. Divide the batter into two bowls. To one bowl add the vanilla extract and to the other bowl stir in the strong coffee (or coffee extract) and cocoa and mix well.
4. Mix the two batters into a single bowl very lightly (till you just see a marbled effect - don't over mix as the brown will take over completely leaving you with no marble effect)
5. Using a tablespoon place 20 mounds of the mixture onto the baking sheets, spaced well apart. Make sure that you place equal amounts of batter as you will get fairly even sized pies which will help while sandwiching them.
6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes until the pies have just risen and are firm to the touch. Remove and cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Assemble & Serve
1. Spread the chocolate mixture on the flat side of a pie and top it with the whipped cream. Cover with another pie.
2. Repeat the process till all the pies have been sandwiched using the two types of filling.
3. Serve immediately
Recipe adapted from 'Coffee, 100 Everyday Recipes'