whoopie pies by Sarah Billingsley and Amy Treadwell to review. I make a point of not baking or using the oven much once the daily average is above 80 and it was above 90 far more often than normal this past summer. So I only recently tried out the three recipes I always make sure to attempt before doing any review.
The first thing to note is that I made these recipes with nothing more than what the book suggested -- ingredients, bowls, a mixer with a paddle attachment. My pies as you'll see were lopsided, not perfectly round, and varied widely in size. I kept thinking, "I wonder how bakeries and companies make these things look so good? They must use a mold." Then I discovered one such mold or baking pan for whoopie pies. While my pies may not be so beautiful, they are honestly homemade and we loved them in spite of their "flaws".
I made three types of whoopies and three types of fillings for a double of the normal number of recipes I try from a book. The book itself is designed fairly well though it could lay a bit flatter. It had a cushy cover over it and the photographs are great though there is not one for every recipe. The 120 page book has basically three sections. The first section is an introduction to what whoopie pies are and speculation on their creation. The second section has 21 recipes for the pies, the cookie parts of the treat, including a cake sized version. These range from the traditional chocolate to vegan variations and savory tastes. The third section has 28 filling recipes and a glaze including vegan, traditional and savory variations as well. Several of the recipes also includes hints and suggestions for changing the recipe slightly which I did in one case.
Guittard's 65% Cacoa Machu Picchu-Peru chocolate. This is the third of the four baking chocolates they so generously sent me to review for you all. I will post one big review going back over all these baking chocolates soon after I finish using them. These were as easy to make as the first recipe, even more so because the ganache was super simple to make and tasted divine. In something where the major ingredient is chocolate, the type you use is very important. I gave a dozen of these to our neighbors who recently spotted that one of our tree limbs fell on the power lines and was on fire -- they save our lawn and perhaps our house with their quick action though they lost power for hours afterward.
If this sounds like a good book for you or for someone you know who is willing to experiment with the traditional whoopie pie in some incredible ways, you must check out Billingsley and Treadwell's whoopie pies for yourself. If you all ready have this book and have tried it, please let me know if you concur with my review.