Kitchen Adventures: Twinkies make sweet return

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Food column by Becca Owsley

By Becca Owsley

A popular cream-filled snack cake reappeared last week on grocery shelves, the Hostess Twinkie.

After the Hostess company closed, Twinkies and other products flew out of groceries. When the shelves were empty, boxes of the snacks sold on eBay for $100 or more.

Although they’ve only been gone eight months, the web exploded with ideas on how to celebrate their return. From cupcakes that look like the minions from “Despicable Me” to a fancy tiramisu, recipes popped up everywhere. I had to try a few.

Many years ago, I discovered a recipe for Strawberry Twinkie Cake. I can’t remember where the recipe came from but it could have been the Hostess website.

It’s basically a layered dessert that starts with Twinkies and adds strawberries, glaze and whipped cream. Simple and tasty.

For the whipped cream layer on top, either spread a container of whipped cream or use canned whipped topping to create a lattice design on top.

Another recipe I ran across added a tropical twist to the layered dessert. It added coconut cream pudding and crushed pineapple. Basically, if you can think of a layered dessert that you would normally use pound cake or angel food cake for, you can use Twinkies instead for a snack- cake twist.

Both of these recipes are pretty simple and involve mostly putting one layer on top of the other, kind of like dessert Legos.

Another cute idea is Twinkies on sticks. It sounds easy but be warned. If you don’t put the Twinkies in the freezer after putting them on the stick as the recipe suggests, the Twinkie will fall apart when you try to coat it in chocolate.

This idea is a twist on a cake pop, just made with a Twinkie. It would make great decorated snack gifts or treats for a birthday party.

But the crème de la crème of the return celebration is the Twinkierito.

At a get-together, some friends, Aaron and Moira Taylor, introduced us to the Twinkierito. This treat starts with a soft tortilla. Inside the tortilla add a Twinkie, strawberries, sometimes bananas, chocolate syrup and whipped cream. Fold the tortilla so it warps around the Twinkie like a burrito.

Yes, ladies and gentleman, a Twinkie burrito.

The result was good but while eating it I thought of one improvement. If you brush the tortilla with melted butter, sugar and cinnamon and then bake it for a few minutes, the cinnamon taste would blend well with the ingredients inside.

Technically, this could no longer be a Twinkie burrito because the baked tortilla would no longer wrap around the ingredients. Maybe it would be more like a Twinkie tostada.

Either way, it’s a fun dish to try.

Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

Tropical Twinkie Delight

  • 18 Hostess Twinkies
  • 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant coconut cream pudding mix
  • 3 1/4 cups milk
  • 20 ounces crushed pineapple
  • 1 (16 ounce) container whipped cream

Line the bottom of a 9- by 13-inch pan with Twinkies. In a medium bowl, mix the pudding mix with milk. Let stand to thicken. Spread crushed pineapple, undrained, over the Twinkies. Spread the pudding over the pineapple layer. Spread whipped cream on top. Chill for 4 hours.

Source: www.food.com

Strawberry Twinkie Cake

  • 1 box of Twinkies
  • Strawberries
  • 1 container strawberry glaze
  • 1 container of whipped cream or canned whipped cream topping

Cut the Twinkies in half lengthwise. Place the haves in a 7- by 11-inch pan. Cover the Twinkies with strawberries, as many as suit your taste. Spread strawberry glaze over the strawberries. Top with whipped topping. Spread the whipped cream or spray the canned topping in a decorative design. Refrigerate until served.

Twinkies on a Stick

  • White almond bark or candy melts
  • Twinkies
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Candy sprinkles

Melt the candy coating according to package directions. Unwrap Twinkies and dip the sticks about 1/3 of the way in the melted candy. Insert the sticks in the Twinkies and place on a wax paper lined baking sheet. When all of Twinkies have sticks in them, place the baking sheet in the freezer for 10 minutes. This makes the sticks stay in the Twinkies instead of sliding out.

If the white candy coating has set up a bit, melt it again in the microwave. Remove Twinkies from freezer and coat completely in the melted candy. Tap off the excess and place back on wax paper lined baking sheet.

Once all the Twinkies are coated, you can drizzle with additional melted candy of your choice in different colors or flavors. You can drizzle with a fork or put the melted candy in a disposable piping bag with the tip cut off and squeeze it over the Twinkies in a zig zag motion.

Before the candy is set, sprinkle with festive sprinkles.

Place the pan back in the freezer for 5-10 minutes until the candy is set.

Source: www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com