Another year, another great bake sale for the San Diego Food Bloggers. I participated last year, but I wasn’t there to see all of the action. This year I was able to watch it transpire. It was fun to see so many friends and random people filling grocery bags full of desserts. Awesome job!! I’m still waiting for the final amount raised for Share Our Strength‘s No Kid Hunger campaign. However, the sale isn’t officially over. You can still make a donation on-line. If we raise the most money, Duncan Hines will donate an additional $10,000 to our total! Atlanta has been winning this bake sale every year, and we, the San Diego Food Bloggers, would love to put an end to that streak! If you can, please go to http://join.strength.org/goto/SDFBBakeSale2013 and make a donation. Thank you so much for all of your help!!!
This year I opted to make Chocolate-Banana Whoopie Pies. Choosing what to make is a daunting challenge. I wanted to make something that would appeal to the most people, and something that can be consumed on the spot or in a couple of hours. Chocolate is always a big hit, and once I saw a preliminary menu of what other bakers were planning to bring, I made the decision to make Whoopie Pies. Sadly, I’d never made them before. I looked over various recipes, and decided upon one from Good Housekeeping, February 2012.
Here’s the recipe (any changes are noted with **):
Chocolate-Banana Whoopie Pies
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 6 Tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
(** The recipe states to fill the sandwiches with marshmallow crème. You could do that, but that didn’t sound exciting to me. I found a recipe that I liked better which is below. Also, I made another batch of these that I didn’t sell. I added cinnamon to the batter, and I wish I had done that to the bake sale batches. I love cinnamon!)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- In medium bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. From bananas, mash enough for 1/2 cup; finely chop remaining, and reserve. (**I mashed 1 banana, and I chopped 1 to add to the filling.) In another medium bowl, mix mashed banana, sour cream, and vanilla.
- In a large bowl, with mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and sugar until well combined. Beat in egg until well blended, scraping bowl occasionally. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture alternately with sour cream mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; beat just until batter is smooth, scraping bowl occasionally. (**Don’t over mix! That’s probably the biggest mistake when baking.)
- Drop 1 rounded measuring teaspoon batter onto prepared sheets. Repeat with remaining batter, spacing 2 inches apart. With wet fingertips, flatten tops of balls to form rounds. (**I tried making rounds with a 1/4 measuring cup, and I baked for about 10 minutes. I got about 7.5 cookies (sandwiches) out of it. They were really large, especially when you consider it is 2 cookies and filling. It made my belly kind of hurt after eating one. The next batch I used a tablespoon of batter, and I cooked them for about 8 minutes. I was able to get 15 sandwiches out of the batter. It was a much more reasonable size, and it is that size I sold at the bake sale.)
Banana Crème Filling
- 1 cup solid vegetable shortening (**I used Spectrum Organic All Vegetable Shortening Non-hydrogenated.)
- 1.5 cup powdered sugar
- 2 cups marshmallow crème
- 1.5 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 chopped banana
- Whip first 4 ingredients together. Fold chopped banana into filling. Fill sandwiches with as little or as much as you like, or just eat by the spoonful. It’s all good. I preferred the pies after they had been refrigerated. In general, I would suggest to keep the pies refrigerated.
On another note, it was my brother’s birthday on Monday. Brian turned 50 on Monday. A HUGE “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!’ goes out to him. Even though a few miles are between us, I’m thinking of you!! I hope this is a great year for you, Brian. The photo below is from my dad’s 80th birthday last year. I picked the photo below for 2 reasons: 1) Brian was looking quite dapper and 2) for all of the special people present in the photo. The best birthday wish is to be surrounded by people you love.
Take Care and Happy Eating (and Please Consider Making a Donation)!