Baking Day

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I channeled my inner Sophie Dahl the other day (sadly my outer Sophie Dahl was nowhere to be seen, though I did make an attempt to put in some earrings and brush my hair) by baking. I'd been wanting to make the Raspberry-Lemon Whoopie Pies from the May issue of Everyday Food. (I don't see the recipe for these on-line anywhere, and the search feature on the MLS web site makes me insane, though I did run across this one, for Banana Whoopies, and I have some ripe bananas so I'll probably make these for my nephew's birthday tonight — Happy Birthday P-man!)


I haven't really been cooking or baking too much, so I needed something to get me back into the kitchen. These looked so pretty. (That's the magazine photo in the background.)


Whoop[s]ie! Egg on floor.


Waiting for the cookies to bake, I sat and looked around. This is our kitchen nook. This is a very small kitchen. Two people really cannot cook in it at the same time. One person with a short dog constantly underfoot is chaos enough. When you're not looking she will sneak in and lay down right in the middle of the six-foot wide kitchen very innocently like, Hmm? Did someone say I wasn't supposed to be in here right now? This as you turn around and practically fall face-first into the sink with a hot tray full of whoopies in your hands. We frequently need to practice our sit-stay just outside the kitchen threshold. She will grudgingly lay down just outside the door (though she must have paws inside the kitchen to feel included) and watch from there when requested. She would rather be sprawled obliviously in front of the cabinet you need to get into fourteen times, she wants you to know, but she will sit-stay on request. For some reason, two of our pets are completely immune to the possibility that they might get sat on/stepped on/laid on by someone or something; moving them is like moving a bag of flour, and they have about as much intention as a bag of flour does of moving itself.


They frequently walk on or sit on each other without even seeming to notice, not necessarily because they love each other so much, but just because they have that much inertia. It's bizarre. With the other kitters (the Bee), if you even so much as look in her direction she'll jump four feet straight up in the air and take off like a cartoon character [dust swirl at her feet], and you probably won't see her until dinnertime.


Yummy. That's whipped cream with some fresh raspberries swirled in.


Tops on. Wait, they need something.


Lemonade. Even though it was about 40 degrees out.


MMM nom nom....thanks for the great post! I just happened upon your blog today and I am loving it!

I just saw your cutie husband in the paper!! What an honor!

Those pies and lemonade look so good!

Per the pups in the kitchen? I totally understand. Our Cardigan Corgi likes to literally run/walk circles around my feet when I'm making food at the counter. When she realizes there ain't gonna be no food given to her she lays down with her face across my feet and sighs and sighs to let me know she' there, "just look down!", and that she's irritated.
That or she'll lay directly behind my feet. Curling right up as close as can be. Again this is to let me know she's right there totally available for treats! But I think it's on purpose to make me trip cause then what's up there on the counter will surely come down to her level. Mom down to pet her and food down to eat! It's a win-win situation for her! ; )

I love your kitchen nook, and your cookies look so yummy.

Ha! I made the exact same recipe on Friday. Mine did not turn out nearly as nice -- perhaps because I live in Canada and my raspberries were far from ripe. Though, I do think I now have whoopie pie fever. Next time, chocolate for sure.

Hey, I made the same thing the other day and mine turn out flat, wonder why?
Yours look just like the picture though, thumbs up for a great job!

yum scrum! Sorry I haven't visited much! Hope everything is good with you! xxx

Love whoopie pies, almost as much as pie.

Lovely. And that great shot of your corgi's magnificent ears made me smile! :)

It's nice to know I'm not the only one who will cook dinner with my legs spread eagled around my 13 year old dog, so as not to disturb him.

that is my most favorite flavor combo- raspberries and lemons. YUMMY!!!

Just made the Fish Tacos on the cover of that issue of Everyday Food- WOW!!!! MMMM!!!!

Just you wait until you have a little two-legged creature wanting to "help" in the kitchen, or who loves to hang out at your feet while you are trying to get something edible on the table. In our family, mom in the kitchen is like a magnet. My kids love to park themselves RIGHT AT MY FEET. If I didn't love them so much it would be very irritating.

Those look fantastic. There is a new cookbook out, nothing but Whoopie Pies
so delicious!

Alexandra says: May 10, 2010 at 02:23 PM

Holy cow, you have some beautiful photos here.

What kind of camera do you use?

Came over here from "one year".

Michelle says: May 10, 2010 at 02:39 PM

How about strawbweey whoopie pies? I printed this recipe off a while ago, but haven't made them yet... i wonder if i can get them made before my sister arrives for afternoon tea??

these look delish, and i completely agree with you about the recipe (or any) search on the MSL site. confounding. frustrating. so maddening i tell you! i do think they refrain from posting recipes from the current month's issue until the next one's out. still...

can you *please* post the recipe for these gorgeous pies?! i'm dying to make some now :)

Wow. Salivating all over the keyboard now and desperately craving raspberry whoopie pies. Thanks. Where am I going to get the motivation to bake some of those up, or the people to help me eat them? They don't exactly "keep."

Here you go...I googled it! :-)

Raspberry Lemon Whoopie Pies

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Edit Title/Description Raspberry Lemon Whoopie Pies
from Everyday Food Magazine Add Ingredient Add Divider Ingredients
1 stick Butter (room temperature)
1 Cup Brown Sugar
3 tbsp Brown Sugar
1 tbsp Grated Lemon Zest
1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1 Egg
2 1/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
3/4 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Coarse Salt
1 Cup Whole Milk
3/4 Cup Heavy Cream
1 Cup Fresh Raspberries Add Cooking Step Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter, 1 cup brown sugar, and lemon zest until light and creamy. Add vanilla and egg and beat to combine, scraping down bowl as needed. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With mixer on low, beat in flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with milk and ending with flour mixture (Scrape bowl as needed). Beat well to combine.
2. Drop batter in 2-tbsp mounds about 2 inches apart, onto two parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until puffed and pale golden around edges, 17 to 19 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Let cakes cool completely on sheets on wire racks.
3. In a large bowl, whip cream and 3-tbsp brown sugar to soft peaks. In a small bowl, mash raspberries with a fork, then fold into whipped cream. Divide raspberry cream evenly among bottoms of half the cakes, then sandwich with remaining cakes.

It's good to see your kitchen nook again. I do so love that nook. The original nook photo with the onion on the windowsill STILL sits pinned to the corkboard above my desk. It's my imaginary happy place.

Annie Bohutinska says: May 20, 2010 at 01:17 AM

Hoooooly guacamole! I have the same Red Ridinghood cookie jar. Your grandma must have shopped at the same place mine did. (Berwyn? Ha ha!)

Valerie says: May 30, 2010 at 03:10 PM

Oh, how I love your blog! Yours words always sound so melodious in my brain. :) What color, I wonder, is the wall in the nook area painted? Is it the lovely shade of vintage-y blue that it appears to be in the photo? (We are remodeling our new/old house, and my husband says "blue" as a kitchen color...I kept saying "NO!" until I saw your blue!) Does it have a name?

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