Little Ovens!

This past week on The Great British Bake Off, it was all about Desserts. The episode brought trifles and floating islands (poached meringues with creme anglaise). While the showstopper was all about the little desserts.

The bakers were asked to make two types of Petit Fours. Petit Fours translates to “little ovens” and are two bite desserts. Some of the examples of petit fours from the episode were macaroons, small cakes, and biscuits.

I decided to share a family favorite petit four. BLACK MOONS. You have to say it with a French-Canadian Memere accent. Black Moooooons. Many call them whoopie pies but that is not allowed in our family. My sister and I usually make these together and it is not made correctly until a spoon is licked.
black moons
Black Moons

1/2 cup shortening (Crisco for US and Trek for UK)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven 350F/180C.
2. Cream together the shortening, sugar, and eggs until smooth.
3. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. In a cup combine milk and vanilla extract.
4. Add half of the dry ingredients into the shortening mixture and mix well. Add half of the milk and work in being sure to scrape the sides of the bowl.
5. Repeat step four until all of the ingredients are added.
6. Using a spoon or a piping bag, drop 1 1/2 inch sized cakes on a cookie sheet. Be sure to space about 1 1/2 inch between cakes as they will spread. You also want an even number for bottoms/tops.
7. Bake 8-12 minutes. They are done when they bounce back when you touch them. Cool and remove with a spatula.

Cream Filling
3/4 cup shortening (Crisco for US and Trek for UK)
1 cup Fluff
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar
splash of milk

1. Blend together shortening, Fluff, vanilla extract until smooth.
2. Mix in powdered sugar and add milk if the filling is too thick. Be careful because you don’t want it runny as it will ooze out of the sandwich.
3. Sandwich the black moons together with the filling.

Shortening is what makes these treats it should not be substitute with butter. They have a great balance of sweetness between the decadent chocolate cake and the fluffy filling. They go great with a glass of milk. Yum.


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