Saturday, 18 May 2013

Spiced Cider Whoopie Pies

I came across this recipe on my favourite blog, A Beautiful Mess, and knew straight away that I had to try this. The thought of them makes my mouth water. Now, please forgive the odd ingredient measurements but I had to convert from the American cups to grams – I can only work in grams or it completely confuses with me. I used Delia Smith’s online conversion chart so these should be an accurate conversion. Anyway, they are absolutely incredible and despite making them once already this week, I will be making them again this weekend for my family to try as I anticipate they will be a big hit!
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Makes 12-15
All you need is:
112.5g softened butter
175g brown sugar,
1 egg,
77g sour cream,
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract,
300g flour,
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon bicarb of soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
a pinch of cloves
1 apple (Granny Smith or other tart variety) peeled cored and cut into small pieces.

For the whoopie filling
224g (8 ounces) cream cheese
2 tablespoon melted butter
a pinch of cinnamon and/or mixed spice
125g to 187.5g icing sugar

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Cream together the butter, sugar, sour cream, egg and vanilla. Only do so until just mixed though.
Whisk together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl then combine all ingredients together until you are left with a well mixed and lump free mix.
Stir in the apple pieces
On a baking parchment covered oven tray (or greased), place even spoonfuls of the mix – remember, two spoonfuls is one whoopee pie (I know this sounds silly but keeping this in mind will allow even spoonfuls)
Bake in the oven on 190 for 8-10 minutes – keep your eye on them though as they can go from undercooked to crisp in a matter of minutes!
Mix together the filling ingredients until you are happy with the consistency. Once the pies are cool pipe the filing onto the flat side of one cookie and sandwich the flat side of another to make your pie. Repeat until all done.
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I actually think these would be beautiful as cookies as well as whoopie pies and you could easily play around with the ingredients, maybe adding apple and date, apple and raisin or even adding a bit of chocolate in there.
I think these will definitely be a regularly used recipe for me now. Thanks Emma and Elsie at A Beautiful Mess.

N xo

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