Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Whoopie Pie

    Okay, Kenny now has a taste for Oreo's.  He even gave me a hard time today, requesting one before his nap, and yet, I had to remind him that he knowingly ate the last one, last night, in order to be convinced to go to bed. Sigh, Bribery...
    So Donna and I were discussing if it were possible to make our own Oreo's.  I figured that Whoopie Pies would be just as good, and yesterday, we set out to discover if that were indeed true.
   Here's our ingredients listing :


  • 4 cups of flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of cocoa
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of milk
   And for the icing :
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups of butter

    You can figure out the rest...  Mix up the first set of ingredients and pour them onto two WELL greased baking sheets.  I contemplated making individual cookies for a microsecond, but the batter was even more sticky than honey...  I'm lucky it turned out as well as it did!
   Pop those into the oven at about 350 for 15 minutes.  Exchange positions, and then let them go another 10 minutes.
   I left them in there for another 15 or 20 minutes after the oven shut off to make sure that they were fully baked.  You don't really want them to have any soft spots or you'll have a devil of a time putting on any icing.

   Did you make the icing yet?
   Don't put it into the blender like I did - this totally didn't work worth anything.  You just have to do it by hand.  I used a pastry mixer.  Then I put the whole mess into the warm oven to soften it up a bit to help it spread.
   Check it out :






Nice and toasty, but hardly symmetrical!  It was pretty hard to even up the batter between the two trays, let me assure you.
   Anyway, the final product looks more like some sort of mutant hamburger or something :


 
   But you know, it did taste mighty fine!  We mostly ate the crusty edges with a bit of the icing, but now we're only left with the whole sandwich part of the pie, and I have to admit, I'm looking forward to tucking into a huge wedge of it, even if it really did take over a pound of butter and two pounds of sugar to create!