As already said it is strawberry time and all of us foodies are trying to do the most of it. I can easily recall the times when my mother and my grandmother were making kilos and kilos of jam, so that we kids can enjoy the occasional pancake with this strawberry goodness. Home made is home made there is no other opinion on the subject. But to be honest in the times we are living I would rather not make lots of jam at home, it is utterly time and energy consuming. But eventually I have the urge and make a small batch.
I have read somewhere a recipe for woopie pies and decided to give it a try. In my case today I did not call them woopie pies, because they did not look anything like them, so we call them just cakes.
You will need:
For the jam:
400 gr. strawberries cut in small
150 gr. marshmallows
a handful chopped nuts
Put all of the above in a small saucepan and let it bubble for about 30 minutes or until it thickens, while stirring occasionally. Only one important thing – do not let the jam burn on the bottom of the saucepan. Let it cool down.
For the mini cakes:
275 gr. flour
75 gr. butter room temperature
150 gr. yogurt
1 tsp. baking powder
2 large eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar
In a large bowl mix the eggs with the sugar and the butter. Add the vanilla and the yogurt and corporate the flour and the baking powder in the batter. Mix until it looks nice and shiny. Divide the batter into 20 muffin cases filled not more than 1/3. So maybe you will need more muffin cases depending on your batter.
Toss in a pre heated oven 170 for about 15 minutes.
Let them cool on a wire rack. When cooled take them carefully out of the cases.
Sandwich the cakes together with a spoonful of jam and let them sit to sink in the flavors.
Yes I admit this is not a quick and so easy recipe but it is definitely worth trying. If you are feeling particularly lazy do not bother making jam just go to the farmers market and buy one. Or make only the jam and eat it with pancakes, you know how it goes….