Wednesday, May 28, 2008

HomeGrown Gourmet - Peanut Butter Gobs

This is my entry for this month's HomeGrown Gourmet, a challenge in which you make a dish based on the host's theme that somehow represents your area.

This month's theme was... peanut butter. Ill admit, I was thrown and had no clue what to make - figured I would skip out this month. THEN I had an epiphany... Ryan's birthday was in mid-May and I was planning to make him Gobs anyhow - a favorite treat of his from his hometown of Johnstown, PA and something that really doesnt exist outside of J'town under that name (they are everywhere else as Whoopie Pies though). They don't even get their own wiki entry (but are noted under whoopie pies) they are THAT unique to the area!

Basically, they are chocolate cake cooked in large cookie form with fluffy white frosting in between. So, I added peanut butter to have of them and VOILA! Peanut Butter Gobs!

I got the recipe from someone on the local Pittsburgh Nest board (since really, they dont exist anywhere else!) and THey turned out well with the addition of some PB - ryan said they were authentic :)
Recipe Courtesy of Amber (waltsgirl102503) on the Pittsburgh Nest's Grandma

2 eggs
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup shortening
41/4 cup flour (sifted)
2 t soda
2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup sour milk
1/2 cup boiling water
2 t vanilla
Cream together eggs, sugar, shortening until fluffy.
Sift together all dry ingredients.
Alternately add dry ingred. and milk.
Finally add boiling water and vanilla
Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
I like to use a small ice cream scoop to make gobs so they are the same size annd bake evenly.
1/2 cup white shortening
1/2 cup margarine (butter will work but stick margarine is the best)
1 cup sugar
1 egg white (room temp.)
2 t vanilla
1/2 cup hot milk (microwave about a minute)
Cream shortening, margarine, and sugar until fluffy.
Add egg white and then vanilla.
Keep beating while adding hot milk a little at a time.
When the cake is cooled scoop filling in between two and wrap in plastic and refridgerate until serving.
I added about 1/2 a cup of peanut butter to the filling (only half the filling) for this challenge.
Check out the rules here and the other entries soon!


That Girl said...

Don't be upset, but I am now madly in love with your husband because he's from Johnstown. I grew up in Indiana, PA and seriously, no one knows our little area of Western PA.

gaga said...

Yum. Peanut butter and chocolate go so well together and this just looks great!

Tempered Woman said...

congratulations on being picked as the next Homegrown Gourmet! I've heard of Whoopie Pies but not Gobs. That's a new one to me too. I'm thinking my hubby would totally be loving on these!

Erika said...

Congrats on the win Meg! All the entries looked great- and yours looked sinfully good.

I'm eager to see what you pick for the next round! I hope it will be something more generic- I have a hard time with ingredient specific ones!

Anonymous said...


I know this may be a little late but I have to thank you for putting a real Gob on the web. My hubby is from J-town and I am from Pgh and they are only 75 miles apart and nobody from here could tell you what a Gob So thank you this will make his day!!

Anonymous said...

I'm also from Indiana, Pa. My Mom and I were just talking about making gobs but didn't have a recipe. Can't wait to make these.

Linda from Sarasota, Fl

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