Friday, March 11, 2011

Day 113.5 - Homemade Twinkies - With How-To Video



As a as rule, I blame my kids for (frequent) lapses in my ever-declining mental acuity - trust me - those savages boys deserve it. So, the blame for today's foray into Twinkidom rests squarely on the shoulders of my son, Tim. Yes, the one who challenged me to cook my way around the world, and who, several days ago begged me make Twinkies, using his best "please Mommy, I really love you" face in all its teenage cuteness. How could I say no? Plus, I knew I'd be relentlessly pestered until I caved. See how tough I am?

But how? Turning to Google, I shouted out loud when I discovered that there is indeed such a thing as a canoe pan that turns out perfectly shaped Twinkies. Will wonders never cease?! It took me about 5 seconds to get my credit card out, and for $20 I got the canoe pan AND the filling injector, plus free shipping. Shazzam!

 Needless to say, I was more excited about this find than just about anything in recent memory, and quickly gave up trying to hide my giddy anticipation, despite a lot of eye rolling and "there she goes again" comments from the Riff-Raff who live in my house. Even my sweet shepherd, who supports my every endeavor with unfailing loyalty, looked at me sideways and shook his handsome head.

Click on the link for ha how-to video, courtesy of my friends at How2Heroes:

http://how2heroes.com/videos/dessert-and-baked-goods/homemade-twinkies

Finally, this afternoon I brought a few of these over to my talented friend and artist Kate, who runs the beautiful Kamala boutique. Taking one bite, Kate promptly declared that these must be eaten while naked, preferably fed to you. So there you have it...plans for the weekend.












Twinkilicious Twinkies - (Adapted from Simple Math Bakery)
Makes 24 Cakes

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons corn starch
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup canola oil
3/4 cup cold water
1 tsp. vanilla
7 eggs, separated

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a canoe pan (you can use muffin tins as well) - be sure to spray well because the batter is very sticky.

Using a hand mixer, beat the egg whites until they are very stiff. They should hold their peak when removed from the bowl. Set aside.

Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, combine the flour, corn starch, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk together or beat on low speed for a minute, until combined. Add oil, water, vanilla extract, and egg yolks. Beat on medium speed until smooth.

Using a rubber spatula, gently scoop 1/3 of the egg whites into the batter. Fold the egg whites in by slicing the the spatula through the center of the bowl, gently scooping batter from the bottom and wrapping it over the top. Turn the bowl 1/4 turn and repeat until the egg whites are barely visible. Repeat this process with each remaining 1/3 of the egg whites.

Spoon the batter into the pan, filling the wells 2/3 full. Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until cakes are gold brown and just starting to pull away from the sides of the pan. Cakes will puff up when cooking, but will settle when they cool. Cool cakes in the pan for 5 minutes, then gently remove from the pan using a rubber spatula. All them to cool on a rack, flat side down.

Filling

2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar

In a small saucepan, heat the flour and milk over medium heat, stirring constantly. When the mixture becomes a paste (about 5 minutes), remove from heat and allow to cool for 1 minute. Stir in the vanilla extract. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface to prevent a skin from forming, and set aside to cool completely.

Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the cooled milk mixture and beat for 5 minutes, until smooth and creamy.

Use the pastry filler that comes with the pan (or a pastry bag fitted with a round tip) to fill the cakes. Place the tip 1/2 way into the cake and squeeze gently. Holding the cake in your palm while filling it will allow you to feel when it is full. Fill each cake 3 times to ensure that each bite contains filling.

Final Assessment: There are dozens of Twinkie recipes available, but my favorite comes from Simple Math Bakery. In particular, I liked that the filling used butter rather than vegetable shortening, which certainly has it's place in cooking, but tends to make frosting slimy. And, of course, there are no chemicals or additives in this homemade version. Just real, honest to goodness Twinkiliciousness.

9 comments:

John said...

sarah, these look so good... your photos are amazing as well. great job

Karen said...

oh hell yeah baby !!

Kate said...

Giggling wildly! Love you Sarah!

Jeanne said...

It's been way too long since I've made these! Your photos are mouthwatering. I'm glad that you liked the recipe, and I am definitely with you on the butter vs. shortening front...no slimy filling for me! :)

wendyvee said...

These look awesome! Leave it to Kate to add the "serving suggestion" :)

You know, I totally want to buy a canoe pan ... mostly just to brag that I own one.

sadie said...

Thanks everyone! I totally appreciate you taking the time to read this. Buy the pan Wendy :)

j said...

YUM!
I always thought twinkies were "one molecule away from being plastic".LOL. You have changed my mind with this yummy version!
How have you been Miss. Sarah??? Miss you and are so proud of your mission with this food blog. You have always amazed me.....your talents are endless, as is your zest for life.
Let's catch up sometime soon. I have been giving out your number left and right these past few weeks. Everyone seems to need an advocate lately.
Hope the kids are well. Tim is a junior at Landmark. Where did the time go my friend?!?
Chat soon.
Love to all.....
Janet :)

Laraine said...

Kate rocks! And, so does your blog :)

sadie said...

Thank you Janet and Laraine! I really appreciate your kind words - now go ROCK those Twinkies! xoxo