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Sunday, 20 May 2012

Coffee Whoopie Pies

Whoopie Pies were all the rage a little while ago, before cake pops came along and they were largely forgotten.  I still like making Whoopie Pies because they make a nice change from cupcakes and biscuits.  You an make them as large or small as you like.  There are so many different flavour combinations, they are really versatile.  I decided to experiment with coffee flavoured ones as part of the Lavazza Coffee Set Match Blogger Challenge.

I used a Lavazza Intensamente Coffee Pod to make the espresso shot used in this recipe because it had a well rounded and rich flavour and produced a full flavoured coffee, perfect to use in this recipe.  Great rich coffee flavour without being too overpowering.

To make the Coffee Whoopie Pies you will need:

125g butter, softened
155g light soft brown sugar
55g caster sugar
1 free range egg
1 Tblsp strong espresso coffee
300g plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
125ml buttermilk

Filling:
Whipped cream or Chocolate ganache

Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 4 oven trays with non-stick baking paper.

Use a stand mixer or electric beater to cream the butter and sugars in a bowl until they are pale and creamy. Add the egg and coffee, beating until well incorporated.


Add the flour, bicarbonate of soda and buttermilk then stir until just combined.  Don't overmix it or you will end up with heavy whoopie pies instead of delicate light ones.

Put 1 Tblsp dollops of mixture onto the prepared trays, allow plenty of room for them to spread. 


Bake for 8 - 10 minutes, I bake 2 trays at a time.  The whoopie pies should be puffed up and golden.  Leave on the trays to cool for a few minutes before carefully transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Cook all the remaining trays of whoopie pies in the same way.


If the whoopie pies have spread a bit too far or become slightly unruly, use a cookie cutter to cut them out so they are the same size.  You can use the off cuts to make cake pops or to layer in a glass with fruit and yoghurt to make a cheats trifle. 


When you are ready to serve the whoopie pies you can can join them together using whipped cream, chocolate ganache, or both.  You can sprinkle over icing sugar, cinnamon or drinking chocolate to make them look even more fancy if you want.

Remember: If you want to be in with a chance to win one the fantastic Lavazza Wimbledon prizes look out for promotional cups on takeaway Lavazza coffees, or enter the giveaway online at http://promotion.wimbledon.lavazza.com//


Prizes include six pairs of tickets to Wimbledon, 90 Lavazza A Modo Mio Favola Plus Wimbledon Limited Edition coffee machines and 500 sets of four exclusive espresso cups created especially for the tournament.

1 comment:

  1. Nom nom - I'm making those AND entering the online Competition. I want one!

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