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.
I 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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