I made some whoopie pies for you today. Not just any whoopie pie, but Gingerbread Whoopie Pies with Maple Poached Pears and Maple Buttercream. The title is quite the mouthful, eh? So are these little bites of whoopie pie goodness that have winter and Christmas written all over them. Figuratively, not literally. I didn’t have time to write on them.
Welcome to Day #2 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th. I am personally posting new, fun baked goodies today and Thursday and a fun holiday cocktail on Friday, but there are a ton of amazing recipes on a ton of amazing blogs all week long so be sure to check them all out!! Plus there are also a ton of amazing giveaways each day!!
I actually have been sitting on the idea for the recipe for a while. I am a huge fan of the whoopie pie, or cupcake sandwich as my husband likes to call it, and I love coming up with more unusual flavor combinations. So many wonderful flavors in fall and winter to cook and bake with and the flavors in these pies work so well together. Plus I adore poached pears.
My kid thought it was funny I was coring the pears with my cookie scoop. She told me that I was confused because pears aren’t cookies. They aren’t?? Damn. I guess I can’t fool her anymore the next time she asks for a cookie and I hand her a pear…
Aside from adding the the major delicousness of these whoopie pies, poached pears are an amazing dessert all on their own with relatively little fuss. Poached and served with a sauce reduction and creme anglaise or with a scoop of ice cream you can turn a simple fruit into a stunning dessert that will wow your friends and family.
Or you can go crazy like I do and take those lovely poached pears and make them part of a filling for these whoopie pies. Pear and gingerbread are a killer flavor combo. Gingerbread isn’t just for building miniature houses.
Besides baking up a storm for Christmas Week 2.0 I have been having fun with a couple lenses I rented. I got my kiddos cute matching Christmas outfits and I am going to take them to a park this week to try to take their photos for our Christmas cards, so I figured the zoom lenses I rented for those pics, why not play around with my food pics with them. And I am in love. Maybe Santa will bring me them. I have been a good girl this year!!!
- 2 ½ c all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp ground allspice
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 c sour cream, full fat, room temperature
- ½ c milk
- ½ c butter (4 ounces), unsalted and at room temperature
- ⅔ c dark brown sugar
- ⅓ c molasses
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 bosc pears
- ¾ c maple syrup
- 2 quarts water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 vanilla beans, split
- 3 egg whites
- ¾ c sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 ½ c butter, unsalted, not quite room temperature
- ½-2/3 c maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 350 Deg f. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon bake mats.
- Combine the flour, baking powder, spices and salt in a bowl and whisk to combine, set aside.
- Combine the sour cream and milk together in a small bowl
- In a bowl of a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, cream the butter until light and fluffy, add in the brown sugar and molasses and mix again until creamy, 2-3 minutes. Add in the egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Add in the flour mixture alternating with the sour cream mixture in 5 additions beginning and ending with flour. Mix until no flour streaks are combined.
- Using a small cookie scoop or spoons, scoop rounded tablespoon and a half amounts of batter onto the prepared baking sheets, about 2” apart. Smooth out the tops with your finger tips so a dome doesn’t form when baking. If the batter is sticky dip finger in water first then smooth out.
- Bake for 9-10 minutes until the cakes have risen and set. Cool on the pans for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before assembly.
- While the whoopie pies are cooling prepare the pears. Peel, quarter and core the pears.
- Take a medium saucepan and set it over piece of parchment paper and trace a circle. Cut out the circle and cut a slit in the middle, set aside. Combine the water, maple syrup, cinnamon sticks and vanilla beans. Bring to a simmer and add the pears. Place the parchment disk on top pressing down so its against the water. Simmer the pears for 15 min. Turn off the heat and let cool completely.
- Once cool remove the pears and cut in half and slice ¼ “ thick. Set aside.
- Set a pan of water on the stove and bring to a simmer. In a bowl of a stand mixer combine the egg whites, salt and sugar. Set the mixer bowl over the simmering water, making sure the bowl isn’t touching the water and whisk the mixture for 4 minutes or until it reaches 160 deg, if you have a candy thermometer to measure. The mixture will feel warm and slick to the touch, all the sugar dissolved, and it will be slightly foamy. Place the bowl back on the stand mixer and attach the whisk attachment. Slowly bring the speed up to high and whip for 7-10 minutes or until the bottom of the mixer bowl is cool to the touch and the meringue is thick and glossy. Lower the speed to medium and add in the butter one tablespoon at a time. Once all the butter is incorporated, stop the mixer and scrape down the sides then raise the speed to high and mix well until the buttercream is light and fluffy. Lower the speed to medium and add in the maple syrup one tablespoon at a time until desired flavor is reached.
- Pipe or spread about 2 tbsp of buttercream on the bottom of one whoopie pie half, top with a few pear slices and dab a little bit more buttercream and top with another whoopie pie half. Chill until ready to serve. Let the whoopie pies sit out at room temperature for about 15-20 minutes for the buttercream to soften slightly.
Visit all the other Christmas Week Peeps for more Holiday Baking Goodness:
Visit all the other Christmas Week Peeps for more Holiday Baking Goodness:
- Peppermint Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Wands by Cravings of a Lunatic
- Chewy Brownies by Juanita’s Cocina
- Chocolate-Peppermint Puff Pastry Bites by The Weekend Gourmet
- Pomegranate Margaritas by Dinners, Dishes, and Deserts
- Gingerbread Cheesecake Cupcakes by Chocolate Moosey
- Gingerbread Whoopie Pies with Maple Poached Pears and Maple Buttercream by Pineapple and Coconut
- Cranberry Bliss Bars by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Reindeer Cookies by Noshing With The Nolands
- Mo’s Easy Homemade Eggnog by Food Lust People Love
- Spiced Madeleines by The Dutch Baker’s Daughter
- Flourless Nutella Marshmallow Cloud Cookie Cups by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Pear and Dried Cranberry Baked Custard by See Aimee Cook
- Bacon Bark by Cooking In Stilettos
- Snowflake Cake by Dizzy Busy and Hungry
- Gingerbread Sugar Cookies by Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
- Peanut Butter Cup Cookies by Try Anything Once Culinary
- Hot Chocolate Biscotti by Home Cooking Memories
Now for an extra fun goodie. A giveaway!! And a Le Creuset one at that! I love Le Crueset.
Today’s #ChristmasWeek giveaway comes courtesy of Le Creuset. Respect for tradition and authenticity has been Le Creuset’s guiding principle since 1925, and their kitchen and cook ware is known internationally.
Le Creuset’s Revolution Utensil Set is available in six different colors, and it represents the next generation of functional innovations in the kitchen. Developed with chefs and culinary enthusiasts in mind, each utensil features a task-defined blade made from premium silicone, as well as a carefully crafted wood handle engineered to improve grip for a variety of kitchen tasks. The set includes one of each of the following: utensil crock, small spatula, medium spatula, spatula spoon, basting brush, jar scraper. To enter, read the details and use the Rafflecopter below!
***This giveaway is for one Le Creuset Revolution Utensil Set (winner’s choice of color)! This giveaway is open to Continental US residents only . When the contest concludes, the winner will be chosen by random draw. The winner will be notified through e-mail and they will have 3 days to respond or another winner will be chosen.***
Good luck and don’t forget to check all the days of Christmas Week 2. for yummy recipes and awesome giveaways. Thanks SO MUCH to Kim and Jen for organizing this all and making it awesome!
***Disclaimer: This giveaway is being provided by Le Creuset. #ChristmasWeek bloggers have not received product or been compensated as a part of this giveaway.***