It’s the beginning of the Lunar New Year and there’s nary a sticky rice cake, whole fish, or noodle dish to be found in our household. We do have citrus fruits (oranges and grapefruits) and we have packages of dried noodles, uncooked for now. This year, National Pie Day coincides with the start of the Year of the Dragon so it’s double deliciousness day.
Yesterday, The Hubby made whoopie pies after two days of “I want cake. Caaaake!” from me. Sugar cravings can bring the crazies out of anyone. Since it’s a day of coincidence and apparently luck, I have found an East-meets-West style of simultaneously celebrating the Lunar New Year and National Pie Day. Somewhere out there, someone is saying, “Whoopie pie is not a pie,” but I don’t care. I’m on a roll with being traditionally unconventional.
Our whoopie pie has an orange flavored filling so that takes care of the citrus part of the tradition, plus its circular shape is reminiscent of a full moon and pies. I understand that was a stretch and also breaking conventions, but when one is short on goods, one has to be clever.
Feel like making whoopie pies tonight? Try this recipe. For the citrus filling, here it is. Increase or decrease the recipe according to your needs.
1 lb butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 -1/2 c powdered sugar
1/4 c orange juice
1/4 c orange zest
Beat butter, heavy cream, and orange juice until creamy. Carefully add the powdered sugar while beating. Fold in the orange zest.
Happy Lunar New Year! And may the Year of the Dragon bring good health and happiness to us all!