Whoopie for holidays

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Skewerians are heading off on holiday for a couple of weeks, to the home of the whoopie pie. Technically, I think the whoopie heralds from the South but we’re actually heading east, to NYC.

Are we excited? You betcha!

While we’re gone, I’ve scheduled a couple of auto posts (fingers crossed they publish properly) so you won’t miss me too much ;).

I’m looking forward to the break and to coming back and reading all your blogs again.

Meanwhile, here’s something I prepared earlier. I tweaked the pumpkin whoopie pie recipe from Baked as I wanted to use purple sweet potato instead. Turned out a rather bilious green. Ah well, at least they tasted good. Hopefully, I’ll be able to seek out and taste the real thing when we’re away.

 Looks blue here but it was actually greener like the following photos

Thanks everyone who sent me your helpful recommendations for things to do/ places to eat in NY when I asked a while back, not sure if we’ll get to everything but we’ll definitely try our hardest!

Enjoy the rest of the week and see you soon.

Here’s how I made my whoopie pies, maybe you’ll have better luck churning out ones which don’t look so scary?

300g purple sweet potato/ Okinawan sweet potato, pureed with 75g water and chilled
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp grated nutmeg
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil (I used sunflower)
1 egg
dash of vanilla extract
pinch of salt.

See how pretty the sweet potato really is?

Whisk the flour, spices, baking soda and baking powder together in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk the oil and brown sugar together, add the sweet potato puree and mix well. Then add the egg and vanilla extract and stir well to combine

Sprinkle the flour over the wet mixture and stir well until combined.

Drop tablespoonfuls on a lined baking tray, bake for 10 minutes until starting to crack on top. Insert a toothpick to test, it should come out clean. (I baked these at about 180˚C). Cool on tray.

I filled these with a simple cream cheese frosting.

(At least if purple whoopies didn't work, my sweet potato doughnuts/ kuih keria stayed true.)


Hungry Dog said...

Shaz, I hope you have a fantastic time in NYC! How could you not? It's one of my favorite cities, never a dull moment. Can't wait to hear about the Baked Bakery if you go (that's the home of the root beer cake...) Bon voyage!

Vanille said...

Have a good time in NYC !
The sweet potato doughnuts are a cool twist !

Charmaine said...

Have a fab time in NYC. Make sure you contribute to the US economy. It needs all the boost it can get.

Keely aka The Richest Girl in Bondi said...

Have a great time in NYC! Don't think you'll find yourself stuck for somewhere amazing to eat ..

chowwithchow said...

They look fantastic, even green! Thanks for sharing and hope you have fun on your sojourn!

Heavenly Housewife said...

I am so super jealous!!!!! I love NYC. Don't forget to eat a Murray's bagel:). Have an awesome time. I will want all the details of your food adventures.
*kisses* HH

Beth said...

Have an amazing time in New York! It's one of my favorite places to visit. Looking forward to hearing all about it when you get back!

Karen said...

Have a wonderful trip, Shaz!! I can't wait to hear everything about your adventure. Here's to New York! Bon voyage. :-)

Juliana said...

Shaz, I never made whoopie pies...but love the purple potatoes but never made into desserts...I sure love the color.
Have fun in NYC :-)

Janine said...

ooh enjoy yourself! I know I would! and the green whoopie pie doesn't look that bad ;p

Julia @Mélanger said...

I love NYC. So much to do, see, and EAT! Have a great holiday. In the meantime, love your variations on the standard whoopie pies. I've never made them myself, but do like how you've put a delicious spin on them!

pierre said...

i should try once these whoopies !!!pierre

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Enjoy NYC - its on my bucket list!

grace said...

pretty colors, shaz. make some purple whoopies next time, why don't ya?!? :)