Thursday, May 30, 2013

Making Whoopie

Making Whoopie

For sure a book with that title will piqué curiosity, especially
for folks close to my generation who remember a racier connotation.
But this little pastry shaped book is about that favorite Maine snack--
the whoopie pie. It's a wonderful, cream filled confection that
legions of folks including the hubby consider an ultimate comfort food.
Nancy Griffin's Making Whoopie: The Official Whoopie Pie Book
tells you all you might want to know about this delectable treat.
You'll learn how both Pennslyvania and Maine claim to have originated
this pastry. You'll learn about commercial immitations. You'll learn
about some of the intriguing folks who are continuing its making the
old school way including Brothers Don and Ken of Bangor's own Friars'
Bakehouse who are two of the genuinely nicest guys God saw fit to lend
to this Earth.
However, no two ways about it, what really makes the book is the
recipes. There's everything from the traditional chocolate cake
sandwiching vanilla frosting to more escoteric variations like red
velvet, pumpkin, peanut butter, and Hawaiin wedding. There are more
healthy recipes including one for our gluten intolerant friends.
If you're a fan of the whoopie pie, you'll really want to dig
into the book.
On a personal note, I baked up a batch of cupcakes. I plan to drop
some off to Betsy Webb at her superintendent of school office when I
return books to Bangor Public Library. I imagine the family can take
care of the rest.
A great big shout out goes out to Brothers Don and Ken who had better
be practicing weight lifting so the crowns of jewels waiting for them
up in heaven won't give them whiplash. If you're ever in Bangor visit
their restaurant. You'll find their confections heavenly.
Julia Emily Hathaway

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