When I came home for lunch the only thing I found appetizing was popcorn, and I knew that wouldn't work so I tried to make myself a salad even though I was totally not in the mood for food.
Normally I would be all over this salad but I didn't really find it that appetizing. It was a real bummer.
|Can I please eat this again now that I have my appetite back?|
|The other half was given to my mom.|
Went to the gym, grocery shopping, did homework, etc..
Dinner was prepared by my mom. It was grilled pork, steamed broccoli, and store made sourdough bread.
|Got seconds on the bread & brocc.|
Immediately after dinner I got started on a baking project. After my previous Whoopie Pie success, the whole family was practically begging me to make more Whoopies. :P
Last time I made "Smore" Whoopie Pies from the recipe book Whoopie Pies that I got for Christmas from my cousin. It was a graham whoopie with a chocolate ganache and marshmallow cream filling. I made a half batch just so I could test it out and it took me so long to make. Its kind of like making a cake but instead, it's making 20 mini cakes. There's a lot of cleaning, waiting, and ingredients that goes into it. It is so worth all the effort, I just wish they would last longer!
This time I made a full batch because I wanted to try out two different flavor combinations: chocolate with coconut cream filling rolled in toasted almonds, and chocolate with salted caramel and peanut butter filling.
After the mini cakes were done baking I got to work on the salted caramel. It was just a basic caramel with sugar and water heated up to amber color stage and then a little heavy cream whisked in. I say "basic" but really, I have had a lot of trouble making caramel. They always seem to be too thick and then I have to thin it out and,oh, let's not forget the fact that I have had a traumatic experience making caramel sauce...
That was on thanksgiving and now a month later I set out to make it again. Since only half the whoopie pies would have the caramel sauce in it I made a half batch.
Started out with cooking sugar and water on medium-high heat:
|Looking good so far...|
By the time I took it off the heat it started smelling burnt; I waiting a couple seconds to see if I should pour in the cream or not and it just got darker and darker...
Straight to the trash-
After I had started back over it was time to whisk in the cream. You have no idea how scared I was. I did not want to get burned like I did the other time I made it. That burn was so painful I felt like my finger was amputated as I was trying to sleep (although, I do not know how that actually feels like). Anyways, I just went for it. In went the cream and I whisked. Ahhh, sigh of relief.
There we go:
I finally finished all of the fillings:
After they were all filled:
|PB and caramel.|
|Coconut cream filling w/ toasted almonds.|
YES!! It was a smashing success if I do say so myself :D Everyone loved them and had seconds and thirds. The coconut whoopie was the perfect combination of dark chocolate, coconut, and almonds (aka an Almond Joy) and the pb/caramel whoopie had the classic flavors similar to a Snickers bar. And even though I had to go sparse on the filling, the flavors came through. This full batch didn't even last 24 hours. I can't wait to make more Whoopie pies!
Have you ever made a whoopie pie? I hadn't until I received this cookbook since its not very common in Texas. Special shout out to my cousin, Paige for giving me the recipe book. Thanks! :D