Recipe: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Vanilla–Cream Cheese Filling

 

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Vanilla–Cream Cheese Filling

 

We're living in the heyday of the food mashup, but let's not forget those pioneers of hybridization, the creations with dual identities so tightly entangled that the distinguishable parts have receded behind a seamless whole. One of our favorites? The dessert sandwich. It may not be the original food mashup, but chances are, like Generation Z and the Internet, you've never known life without it.

 

When considering a dessert sandwich in the abstract, what do you see? We're guessing it's not a whoopie pie. That's a shame, because whoopie pies are a delightful treat, as well as a fun baking project. They're also a misnomer, bearing zero resemblance to pie: the filling sits between two discs of cake. As for its disputed origins, I, a native Mainer, recuse myself.

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What We're Reading: October 23, 2014

 

Do your liver a favor: have a cup of joe. [The Daily Meal]
 

Budget-friendly tips for avoiding the most commonly over-priced grocery store items. [HuffPost]
 

For some restaurants, a negative review doesn't necessarily mean a drop in business. [Grub Street]

 

Everyone knows Elvis loved a peanut butter and banana sandwich, but what about JFK or Mariah Carey? Iconic Americans' favorite bites. [... Read more >

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Recipe: Honey–Citrus Tart

Recipe for Honey–Citrus Tart, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

Thank God for citrus, especially during this merciless winter. As long as there are a few varieties within our reach, we feel like we can cope with few more weeks of dreariness.

 

This ricotta and honey–based tart from Baltimore-based pastry chef Angie Lee is a lovely way to put whatever citrus you have on hand to use. (Lee favors Cara Cara or blood oranges.) The tart dough is made with all-purpose flour and ground amaranth, one of several "alternative" grains that's really not so alternative these days. It lends a nutty flavor to the baked crust, making this dessert all the more special.

 

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Daily Digest: February 12, 2014

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A new restaurant in Shanghai caters to American expatriates by offering American-style Chinese food. [NPR]

 

Russ Parsons tastes and ranks packaged sardines. [LAT]

 

While Barilla considers 3D-printing elaborate pasta shapes, let's travel back to the Architects' Macaroni Exhibition, where Japanese architects showcased their ideas for futuristic noodles. [Smithsonian]

 

Whether you're a pastry pro or a baking newbie, there's a Valentine's Day cake recipe for you. [... Read more >

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Recipe: Pink Apple Crostata

Recipe for Pink Lady Apple Crostat, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

It's tough out there. It's cold. It's dark before we leave the office. And when it comes to local fruit, it's nothing but apples.

 

The antidote to all this midwinter ennui? Well, we can't help you there, but we can give you an apple recipe that's truly easier than pie.

 

Brought to us by Corkbuzz in New York City, this rustic, free-form crostata holds slices of Pink Lady apple, a variety that's tart and deeply flushed, tossed in a coriander-forward spice mixture. (If you can't find Pink Lady apples, substitute Honey Crisps or Jonagolds.)

 

And it's a cinch to prepare: just roll out your dough (don't fret if it's not a perfect circle), mound the apple filling in the middle, and fold over the edges. No pie pan or decorative crimping... Read more >

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Recipe: Blueberry Boy Bait

Kierin Baldwin's recipe for blueberry boy bait, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

It's said that boy bait, a standard-issue, homespun coffee cake, gained its flirty name at a national Pillsbury baking contest, where teenage boys found the treat to be impossible to resist. At the Dutch in New York City, pastry chef Kierin Baldwin soups up her boy bait with blueberries: some are folded into the batter, while the rest are scattered on top before baking. Coupled with a scoop of ice cream or a mug of coffee, it's sure to lure in everyone. 

 

Get the recipe here.

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