Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Les Whoopies

Dorie Greenspan Whoopie Pies on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis week, for the Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Baking Chez Moi, we made a very un-French dessert – whoopie pies! Dorie says:

I knew that whoopie pies had made a successful transatlantic journey when they turned up front and center in the showcase of La Grande Epicerie’s pastry department. La Grande Epicerie is to epicures what Disneyland is to kids: heaven. You could call it a supermarket, but you wouldn’t be doing justice to its wine, meat, caviar, seafood, exotic fruit, and extensive bread offerings. Or to its fabulous candy section. Or its selection of jams that goes on endlessly. Or its cutting-edge pastry stand. When something shows up there, you know it won’t be long before it will be everywhere. And so it was with Les Whoopies

If you can believe it, I’ve never made a whoopie pie before, in fact, I don’t think I have ever eaten one come to think of it!  they are spongey (but denser than a sponge cake) sticky sandwich cakes  – Dorie’s version uses a creamy peanut butter filling but I don’t happen to have any on hand so I used crunchy speculoos spread which made for a lovely crunch to counter the soft pillowy cakes and cream filling.

Dorie Greenspan Whoopie Pies from Baking Chez Moi on eatlivetravelwrite.comI did not have a whoopie pie pan either but instead used a 3-tablespoon cookie scoop and baked them on a regular baking tray. I halved the recipe and it made 24 cakes for a total of 12 sandwich cookies. they weren’t perfectly round or even sizes but they were not bad for a first go! I did enjoy these (I like the smaller size, any larger and it would be too sweet) and will keep them in mind to make again – I reckon they would go down a treat in my staff room!

Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Les Whoopies on p 200 of Baking Chez Moi or here.

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16 Responses to Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Les Whoopies

  1. Cakelaw June 27, 2017 at 07:26 #

    I enjoyed reading your post, as your experiences with these were similar to mine. I enjoyed these but agree they are quite sweet.

  2. Zosia June 27, 2017 at 17:27 #

    The speculoos spread sounds like a delicious alternative to the peanut butter filling.

  3. Geoff June 27, 2017 at 20:46 #

    Les Whoopies, really? Can’t wait for a taste – they sound to be something very unusual.

    • Mardi Michels July 7, 2017 at 07:59 #

      They’re a familiar texture – a bit like sponge roll….

  4. Diane Zwang June 27, 2017 at 21:58 #

    I have been making whoppie pies for years and I never used a pan. I did not know they made such a thing. I make my smaller with 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop. I am glad you enjoyed them.

    • Mardi Michels July 7, 2017 at 07:58 #

      Seems a bit silly to buy a pan just for one use, right?

  5. Tami June 28, 2017 at 01:56 #

    OMG – whoopie pies!!! I ate serious quantities of these when I worked on an organic sheep and chicken farm in an Amish region of Pennsylvania 🙂

    When we attended farmers markets with our produce, the Amish children would bring me whoopie pies just so they could listen to my Aussie accent!!!

    I even brought home a whoopie pie cookbook.

  6. Summer June 28, 2017 at 11:15 #

    Crunchy speculoos spread! Now that sounds scrumptious…

  7. Mr. Neil June 29, 2017 at 08:18 #

    This must be very American – I’d never heard of them either. The word “whoopee” in my mind is immediately followed by “cushion”, not “pie”.

    At any rate, these sort of had me thinking of a macaron conceived in the USA. 😉

    Tasty, I like the smaller size, and were gobbled up with the paper on a sunny morning porch…

    • Tami June 30, 2017 at 01:37 #

      lol – thanks for the giggle Mr Neil 🙂

      Whoopies are up there – but not as high on my list as Kernels and Great Canadian Bagels!!!!!

    • Mardi Michels July 7, 2017 at 07:57 #

      Yes they do kind of look like failed macarons! I’ll be making them again as I liked the size, texture and flavour!

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