Monday, January 28, 2013

Make It Challenge :: Homemade Twinkies

Today I'm linking up again with 9 other blogs for the Dog Days of Winter Link Party. This week's challenge is the Make It Challenge.  Check out any one of these blogs for some awesome ideas but the ones I follow most are AP who made Rustic Pallet Shelves and Mandy at House of Rose who made a vintage looking laundry room sign.  Everyone links up to all the blogs and there are some great projects.

You might remember the Organize It Challenge a couple of weeks ago where I did a scarf rack (and ended up being featured on The Francis Family blog). 

Today, we have (da da ta da!)  homemade Twinkies!

When I was on maternity leave, I got addicted to the show The Chew.  Two Iron Chefs (Batali and Symon), a Top Chef all star (Carla Hall - Hootie Hoo?), Clinton Kelly (love him!), and Daphne Oz (pretty sure she's just well known because her dad is Dr. Oz but I like her anyway).  Its a lot of cooking as well as some crafting projects and just plain fun.  I absolutely love this show.  The best part - most of the recipes they do are relatively simple and easy to try at home. 

When the Hostess company announced their bankruptcy, Michael Symon made his own Twinkies.  While I wouldn't call myself a Twinkie lover, it does involve cake and yummy frosting filling so you can't really go wrong there.  I knew that I had to try them.

What you need that you might not just have in your kitchen - a mini loaf pan.  I found this silicon version on Amazon (actually got it as a Christmas gift) but there are also special Twinkie pans that you can get.  The other thing you might need is a decorating kit - specifically the long skinny tip for the filling.

First, collect all your ingredients.

Next get the egg whites going with some sugar and cream of tartar. 

Then do the same with your egg yolks.  Add your flour mixture and combine with some butter, milk and vanilla.  Fill your loaf pans and bake.

When cooled slightly, fill with your filling.   Easy Peasy.


Then eat them.  I would recommend sharing because otherwise you will eat them all.  They are yummy.

Here is the recipe, you can also find it on The Chew website here:

For the Cakes:
Nonstick Cooking Spray or Vegetable Oil
1/2 cup Cake Flour
1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 tablespoons Milk
4 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
5 large Eggs (separated and at room temperature)
3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
1/3 teaspoon Cream of Tartar

For the Filling:
6 tablespoons Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
1 1/2 cups Confectioners Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon Salt
3/4 cup Marshmallow Fluff
2 tablespoons Heavy Cream
2 tablespoons Condensed Milk

For the Cakes: Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Adjust the oven rack to the lower-middle position. Spray the molds with cooking spray.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the cake flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt. In a small saucepan over low heat, heat the milk and butter until the butter melts. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla. Cover to keep warm.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg whites on high speed until foamy. Gradually add 6 tablespoons of the sugar and the cream of tartar and continue to beat until the whites reach soft peaks, about 6 minutes.

Transfer the beaten egg whites to a large bowl and add the egg yolks to the standing mixer bowl (there’s no need to clean the bowl). Beat the egg yolks with the remaining 6 tablespoons sugar on medium-high speed until the mixture is very thick and a pale lemon color, about 5 minutes. Add the beaten egg whites to the yolks, but do not mix.

Sprinkle the flour mixture over the egg whites and then mix everything on low speed for just 10 seconds. Remove the bowl from the mixer, make a well in one side of the batter, and pour the melted butter mixture into the well. Fold gently with a large rubber spatula until the batter shows no trace of flour and the whites and yolks are evenly mixed, about 8 strokes.

Immediately scrape the batter into the prepared molds, filling each with about 3/4 cup of batter (a measuring cup can aid in this process). Bake until the cake tops are light brown and feel firm and spring back when touched, 13 to 15 minutes. Transfer the pan containing the molds to a wire rack and allow the cakes to cool in the molds.
For the Filling: In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, salt and marshmallow fluff. Add the cream and condensed milk and beat just until smooth. Transfer the frosting to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4-inch round tip. Pipe frosting into three spots on the underside of the twinkie, taking care not to overfill. Serve

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PS - today Michael Symon made homemade Pop Tarts....going to have to try those very soon!


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