Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

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Who was the originator of the Whoopie Pie?

No one is quite sure where whoopie pies originated.  At least four states, (Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania) lay claim to the yummy tidbit.

Some say it was invented by Amish wives, using scraps of cake batter and leftover frosting.  According to legend, the name started when Amish men and children would shout, “Whoopie!”, when these treats were found in their lunch box. 

The first known commercially produced whoopie pies were sold by Labadie’s Bakery in Lewiston, Maine, home of the Farmer’s Almanac, in 1925 (some say 1918).

Maine is also notable for officially acknowledging the third Saturday in June official “Whoopie Pie Day”.  That’s my kind of day:)!!  This day is set aside to celebrate these sweet treats, which happens to be the official state treat…yumm!!

Although it is still a mystery where whoopie pies came from, one thing is clear; you can easily make your own, no matter where you live.

I’ve made chocolate and red velvet whoopie pies in the past.  Both are equally amazing, and I promise these pumpkin whoopie pies are exquisite too!!!

Ingredients for Pumpkin Whoopie Pies (makes 1 dozen)

  • 1 cup brown sugar (170 grams)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (110 grams)
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin (180 grams)
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (210 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions for Whoopie Pies:

Heat oven to 350° Farenheit.  Line baking sheet with a silicone pad or nonstick parchment paper.

Whisk brown sugar, vegetable oil, canned pumpkin, egg, and extract in a large mixing bowl.

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In a separate bowl, stir the dry ingredients together until combined.

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Add the dry ingredients to the wet batter and mix until completely combined.

Place batter onto prepared baking sheet using a medium sized scoop (or spoon).  

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This recipe makes 24 cakes (12 whoopie pies).  I baked 12 on a baking sheet, and did this twice.

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Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool completely before filling with cream cheese icing (see recipe below).

Cream Cheese Filling Ingredients:

1/2 cup cream cheese (120 grams)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (85 grams)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar (180 grams)

Directions:
Using a mixer, beat together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract at medium speed. Switch to low speed and gradually mix in powdered sugar until combined, then switch to high speed and beat until light and fluffy.

Pipe filling on one of the cakes and top with another cake.  Gently press together.  These whoopie pies are soooo delicious!  They can be eaten immediately or you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

I hope you make these delectable treats, and if you do, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see photos of your confections!

 

 

 

 

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Savory Galette

How can something so rustic taste so amazing?!!
A galette is a French pastry that’s similar to a pie or a tart.  Basically, it’s pastry dough that’s wrapped over a filling (either fruit or vegetables and cheese).  Like pastry, this free- form pie doesn’t require any fancy pie plates or special pans, just a flat surface for baking (like a cookie sheet).

Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (190 grams)
  • 1/4 cup (28g) cheese powder, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped, optional
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, finely chopped (I use Greek thyme), optional
  • 8 tablespoons (113g) unsalted butter, frozen and grated
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons (70g to 85g) water,  ice cold

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1 large zucchini, sliced into 1/4″ discs
  • 2 teaspoons herb seasoning*
  • 1/2 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3/4 cup (170g) ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest, optional
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 egg yolk beaten (with 2 teaspoons of water)

Make the crust:

Grate the frozen butter and place in the freezer until ready for use.

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Whisk together the dry ingredients.  Add the freshly chopped herbs to the dry ingredients (if you are using them, this is optional).

Work the butter into the flour mixture until crumbly. 

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Drizzle in 5 tablespoons of water, stirring gently until everything is evenly moistened; add the final tablespoon of water if necessary to make a cohesive dough.  Don’t overwork your dough or it will lose it’s flakiness.

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Pat the dough into a disk, wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

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Make the filling:

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets (or line with parchment paper).

Slice the zucchini into 1/4 inch discs, and cut tomatoes in half.

Place the zucchini slices on one pan and sprinkle with seasoning mix.

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Place the tomato halves on the second pan and sprinkle with seasoning mix.

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Roast the zucchini and tomatoes until tender, about 15 to 20 minutes for the zucchini and 10 to 15 minutes for the tomatoes.

Remove the zucchini and tomatoes from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

Combine the ricotta, salt, pepper, lemon zest, and egg in a bowl.  Refrigerate until ready.

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On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough into a 12″ circle.

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Transfer the dough to a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Spread the ricotta mixture over the dough, leaving a 2″-wide bare strip along the perimeter.

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Sprinkle the goat cheese on top of the ricotta, grate on 1/2 the parmesan cheese, then shingle the zucchini slices over the cheese and place the tomato halves on top.

Fold the bare edges of the dough into the center.

Brush the edges of the crust with egg wash, and sprinkle the remaining Parmesan over the whole galette.

Bake the galette for 25 to 30 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.

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Remove the galette from the oven and allow it to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.  Enjoy!!!

*Herb seasoning

1 teaspoon each:

  • dried oregano
  • dried basil
  • dried onion flakes
  • garlic powder
  • thyme
  • fennel seeds
  • paprika
  • black pepper
  • Himalayan sea salt

Stir together in a small bowl.  Save leftover seasoning in an airtight container for later use.

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Seasoning Mix

I hope you make this delicious galette.  If you do, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see your pictures:)!

 

Creamy Lime Cheesecake

 

 

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I have been making cheesecake for over 30 years.  It’s one my son David’s favorite desserts.  I have always put lemon juice and zest in my cheesecakes.  On my visits to see him when he lived in California, I would pick lemons from his neighbor’s yard (with permission, of course!).  Until I started using fresh lemons I would use bottled lemon juice.  That is a last resort now!

When my husband brought home a bag of limes last week, I thought I would make a cheesecake swapping out the lemon for lime.  Let me tell you, this tastes so good.  The lime really brightens up and enhances the cream cheese, just like lemons:)!  If you don’t already have a favorite cheesecake recipe, all you have to do is make this,  and your problem will be solved!  You’re welcome:)!!

Feel free to use lemons in place of the limes.  Both are equally delicious!!

Graham Cracker Crust Ingredients:

  • 9 graham crackers (one sleeve) finely crushed
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (85 grams)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (50 grams)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325° F.   Wrap 8″-9″ springform pan with heavy aluminum foil and set aside.

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Place graham crackers in a food processor  (you can also do this in a plastic bag and a rolling pin).  Pulse until crackers are finely ground.

Transfer to a bowl and add melted butter, sugar, cinnamon and salt.  Stir until it comes together and resembles course sand.

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Press crumb mixture into the bottom and about an inch up the side of the pan.  I like to use a measuring cup to help with this process.  Place pan with crust mixture in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, then remove and allow to slightly cool.

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Ingredients for lime cheesecake:

  • 5- 8oz. blocks cream cheese (1130 grams),  softened to room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar (300 grams)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (110 grams), room temperature
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup lime juice (120 grams) -about 6 small limes
  • Zest of two small limes (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions for cheesecake:

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Zest 2 limes and place in a small bowl until ready to use.

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Juice enough limes to get 1/2 cup of juice.  Set aside.

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Place softened cream cheese and sugar in a large mixing bowl.  Using the whisk attachment, mix on medium/high speed until smooth and creamy (about 3 minutes).  Scrape sides and whisk when needed.  This is a very important step to ensure your cheesecake is silky smooth (yummmm!).

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Look how smooth and creamy!!

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Add eggs one at time, mixing after each addition.

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Add sour cream, lime juice, vanilla extract and salt to cream cheese mixture.  Remove whisk attachment and replace with paddle.  Mix added ingredients until well combined.  You don’t want to whip too much air into the batter.  That could cause your cheesecake to crack in the baking process.

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This is what your batter will look like before adding the lime zest.

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Fold lime zest into the batter with a rubber spatula.  Making sure to scrape the bottom of the mixing bowl and distribute evenly.

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Look at that beautiful green zest!

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Place springform pan in a large roasting pan.  Place in oven and pour enough boiling water to come one inch up the side (be careful not to burn yourself in this process!).

Turn the oven temperature down to 300° F. and bake for one and a half hours.  Cake will be slightly jiggly in the center.  Turn oven off and leave cheesecake in the oven for another hour (prop oven door open with a wooden spoon).

After an hour, remove cheesecake from the oven and finish cooling on a rack (about 2 hours).  Leave springform on the pan.

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Discard aluminum foil from the sides of the pan.

 

After the cheesecake has completely cooled.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Remove from refrigerator when ready to serve.  Run a small spatula around the sides of the pan to make sure it doesn’t stick to the springform.

Garnish with sweetened whipped cream*, lime zest and lime wedges (optional).  Enjoy!!

*Whip one cup heavy whipping cream, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar until it is the consistency for piping swirls on your cheesecake (or you can spoon it on, but piping swirls makes me feel fancy…wink wink).

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So pretty, right?!

This is sure to please any cheesecake lover out there.  It might even make a believer out of non-loving cheesecake people (is there even such a thing?!!).

I hope you make this creamy and delicious cheesecake, and if you do, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi. I would love to see your pictures!

Berry Cherry Pie

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I love anything pie…hand pies, meringue pies.  I am particularly fond of fruit pies.  Every year my sister Kathy makes her famous (yes, it’s famous) apple pie for Thanksgiving dessert.  I start thinking about her apple pie as soon as Fall approaches. You know, when everyone starts getting excited about pumpkin spice and lattes?  I won’t be having her amazing apple pie until Thanksgiving, but I had this delicious berry cherry pie tonight…a la mode! Yum!! You don’t need to wait for a special occasion or holiday for this pie, make it today and have it for dessert tonight!!

Ingredients:

Pastry Dough
2 ½ cups (320g) all-purpose flour
1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, very cold, cut into small ¼ cubes
1 tsp. (6g) salt
2 tbsp (30g) sugar
6-8 tbsp ice cold water

Filling
4-5 cups (600-700g) frozen cherry berry blend (you can use any blend you like or any fresh fruit)
2/3 cup (135g) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (30g) cornstarch
¾ tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp (15ml) lemon juice
Zest of a lemon
2 tbsp (30g) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Egg Wash
1 tsp. water
1 egg, beaten
1 tbsp. (10g) sugar to sprinkle on pie crust before baking

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl whisk flour with sugar and salt. Incorporate butter using a pastry blender (or a food processor), until pea sized crumbs are formed. Add 2 tablespoons of water at a time just until dough comes together.  Put dough on your work service and knead just until dough comes together (do not overwork the dough).

2. Divide the dough into 2 pieces, form into two flat discs, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

3. Start preparing the filling by combining the sugar, cinnamon, cornstarch and lemon zest in small mixing bowl (set aside).

4. Place the berries in a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar mixture and lemon juice. Toss with a large spoon to combine.

5. Preheat oven to 400F . Prepare an 8 or 9 inch pie pan.

6. Roll the first half of dough until it’s about 12 inches in diameter and place in your pie pan. Cut the excess dough (leaving enough for crimping the edges.)

7. Arrange the berry mixture over the crust and top with butter.  Refrigerate until your lattice strips are ready.

8. Roll the other half of your pie dough. Cut into 10-12 strips (about 1-1/2 inches wide).

9. To create the lattice on top, begin by laying out 5 or 6 parallel strips of the pie dough on top of the filling, leaving about a ½” space between them. Fold back every other strip. Add a long strip perpendicular to the parallel strips. Unfold and repeat with the other parallel strips until the lattice is ready. Seal and crimp the edges.

10. Brush the pastry with the egg wash. Sprinkle a little granulated sugar on top.

11. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Cover the edges of the crust and reduce oven temperature to 350F.  Bake for another 40-45 minutes.  I like to cover my crust edges with aluminum foil so they don’t burn.

12. Remove from the oven allow to cool  for at least 5 hours before cutting. I like my pie a la mode! Check out my vanilla ice cream recipe…Yum!!