I think baking is very rewarding, and if you follow a good recipe, you will get success.Mary Berry, judge on The Great British Bake Off
One of the nicest things to happen to me recently was when I came downstairs to find the kitchen clean.
Not only clean, the coffee maker was ready to go, with a note taped to it to just push start (or play, as one of my other children used to say).
Not only clean and coffee-ready, I found whoopie pies baked and ready to be assembled.
If you aren’t familiar, a whoopie pie is a New England thing (although the Amish also claim them) made with two chocolate cake-like cookies with a sweet cream filling sandwiched between them.
“I remember you saying that Grammie used to make them for you for your birthday,” my daughter Mary said.
Yes, that’s true. My mother grew up in the Boston area and I loved her whoopie pies. I used to make them for the older kids, but I don’t think I ever made them for Mary.
“I had to look through three boxes of recipes before I found this one,” Mary said, showing me the old hand-written recipe which my mother had labeled “Whoopee Pies.”
“Then, I just thought of it as a technical challenge like on the The Great British Bake Off,” she said. “I followed the directions exactly. When it said, ‘Sift the dry ingredients,’ I sifted the dry ingredients. When it said to put them by teaspoonful on the baking sheet, I used a teaspoon.”
It’s amazing what happens when a baker carefully follows an old recipe.
Even sweeter than chocolate and cream is a person so thoughtful to find a special recipe and make it for someone who would appreciate it.
Mom’s Whoopee Pies
1/2 Cup Shortening
1/2 tsp Vanilla
2 Egg Yolks
1 Cup Milk
1 Cup Sugar
2 1/2 Cups Flour
1 tsp Soda
5 Tbsp Cocoa powder
1 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Sift. dry ingredients.
Add rest and mix until smooth.
Drop by tsp on ungreased sheet.
10-12 min at 375 until set but not crisp
When cool, put together with filling.
2 Egg whites
2 Cups Confectioners sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 Cup Shortening
Mix until smooth.