Sunday, 7 November 2010

Salted Caramel Whoopies

I have to say, salted caramel is my favourite flavour combination at the minute
Which is quite strange as I really am not that keen on caramel flavoured things.
Mr G bought me this recipe book for my birthday. The Whoopie Pie Book by Claire Ptak.
I used her recipe for salted caramel whoopies.
330 grams plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
125 grams unsalted butter
120 ml whole milk
200 grams light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to Gas Mark 4 / 180 degrees centigrade. Line two baking sheets with greaseproof paper.
2. In a bowl, sift together the flour with the baking powder and salt. Set aside.
3. In a small saucepan, warm the milk and melt the butter in. Do not boil. (see above) Allow to cool.
4. In a separate bowl, beat together the sugar and egg andwhen light and fluffy add the the vanilla.
5. Mix in the flour mixture and then add the cooled milk mixture until just combined. Allow the mixtue to chill for 30 minutes.
6. Drop spoonfuls of the batter onto the baking sheets and cook for either 10 -12 minutes if making large whoopies or 8-10 minutes if making small whoopies.
7. Remove from baking sheet then allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
NOTE: the whoopies were very flat so I would suggest either using self raising flour or increasing the amount of baking powder if like me, you are not a fan of the flat whoopie.

I didn't use the recipe for Caramel Swiss Buttercream that was suggested in the book, as I had come across a jar of this in my local Waitrose supermarket....

Bonne Maman Confiture de Caramel.
It was much nicer than the Carnation version I had recently tried.
Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
25 grams unsalted butter
65 grams of cream cheese
150 grams of icing sugar
2 tablespoons caramel
1/2 tsp salt

1. Mix together the butter and icing sugar
2. Add the cream cheese and beat until smooth
3. Add the caramel and when fully combined, add the salt.
NOTE: you may need to add a little more icing sugar if the mixture is too runny to spread on the whoopies.

Spread the filling on with a spatula.

They were very sweet, butting adding the salt cut through the sweetness a bit.

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