This weekend was the Christmas Foodies Festival at The Truman Brewery. I had so much fun teaching how to create quirky Christmas Whoopie Pies.
You can do so much with Whoopie pies, and we have loads for this years festivities. Here are a few of what we have
And don't forget you can get these in The Food Hall in Selfridges.
So as promised, here is the recipe for the chocolate Whoopie pies that we did at Foodies.
125g butter, softened
150g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 teaspoons red food colouring
225g plain flour
30g cocoa powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan. Remember that it will depend on your oven. At the festival I had it on at 160ºC, but in my own kitchen I have it on at 140ºC. Line baking trays with baking paper. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy.
Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each. Add food colouring (optional). Beat until combined. Meanwhile, sift flour, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder into a large bowl.
Add half the flour mixture to butter mixture. Stir to combine. Add vinegar and half the buttermilk. Stir to combine. Repeat with remaining flour mixture and buttermilk until just combined.
Drop level tablespoons - (you can use an ice cream scoop or put in a piping bag to make sure you get the size you want) of mixture onto prepared trays, 5cm apart, allowing room for spreading. Bake, 1 tray at a time, for 12-14 minutes or until puffed and cooked through. Stand on trays for 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack. Cool. Repeat with remaining trays.
If you are making the rudolf whoopies, do the same process and add a little bit of red food colouring. Remember to use the paste and NOT the liquid. Pipe little rounds and bake for about 8 minutes.
Once they have cooled, brush some edible glue (you can use simple syrup which is just sugar and water - 2:1) dust a little EDIBLE glitter quickly otherwise the whoopie will soak all the glue up.
Make your Italian Meringue Buttercream (recipe below), you can use normal buttercream if you like - 150g butter, 150g Icing sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla or any flavour you like.
Fill your whoopie with the same amount you piped for the batter. Gently press the other half on top. Pipe a little dollop on top and stick rudolf's nose on.
For the eyes, just use 1 mini marshmallow and cut in half. Stick on with either a little icing or use some melted chocolate.
Give him some pupils, either with melted chocolate or an edible pen.
For the antlers, use salted pretzels and stick 2 in the top!
And hey presto you have Rudolf the Reindeer! Remember, you can make santa and a gingerbread sleigh to create a whole christmas scene. you'll find my gingerbread recipe here
Do send me pics of how you get on, I'd love to see them. You can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, or tag me - Twitter @daisybcreations, Instagram - @whoopsiedaisy