Before my post today I want to say how sad I am about the earthquake in Japan. About a year and a half ago I went to Japan for three months as an exchange student. I have not been able to contact my host family but luckily they live in a part of Japan that was not affected.
I love Japan so my heart has been broken due to this tragedy. All my prayers go out to Japan and those affected by this disaster.
On a lighter note, this week I participated in my first bake sale! I was so excited. I love bake sales. Nearly every day there is one somewhere at my university. I never was asked to participate in one until a couple weeks ago. Of course I immediately said I would help out.
I decided to make chocolate whoopie pies with vanilla butter cream from Whoopie Pies: Dozens of Mix 'em, Match 'em, Eat 'em Up Recipes. This is a great recipe book. It gives you filling and cookie recipes to choose from so that you can customize your own whoopie pies! There are also several recipes for gluten and vegan pies so everyone can enjoy them.
|It took all my self control to not eat copious amounts of batter|
Whoopie pies are a wonderful creation. They are basically two soft cake-like cookies sandwich with a sweet creamy filling. Just like cakes you can hold in your hands!
|Watashi no hotto chocoreto (My hot chocolate)|
The response from my whoopie pies at the bake sale was great! I sold every last one. One person even bought two.
|A steaming cup of vegan hot cocoa|
Coconut Hot Cocoa
1/3 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup almond milk
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2-1 tbsp maple syrup
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and whisk vigorously until everything is combined
Bring to a boil and simmer for a bit while whisking
Carefully taste test your cocoa and adjust accordingly
Remove from heat and pour into mugs
Another great addition is a spoonful of natural peanut butter. It makes it even creamier! And you know I love peanut butter.