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Bad Things Gone Good Week: A Healthy Twinkie (You heard me!)

I tried to think of the worst pos­si­ble thing I could make good when it came to our theme for this week: Bad Things Gone Good. Lots of foods came to mind. Things like hot dogs (I wasn't going there), crumb cake (why bother mak­ing that healthy?) and french fries (Ceri beat me to the punch!) so I came up with the Twinkie. How won­der­fully evil it is. Not that a Twinkie tastes bad. It's actu­ally deli­cious in all its processed yum­mi­ness. How­ever, in the peck­ing order of treats that are healthy for your kids, this would be at the bot­tom. Sorry Host­ess. You know I love you and your Ding Dongs. (I don't like the way that sounds.)  My issue was how in the hell was I going to make a Twinkie healthy? Well, folks, I did. I was so frig­gin proud of myself I could barely con­tain my excite­ment. How­ever, I got no grat­i­tude for my fam­ily, espe­cially my hus­band. This is a man who con­fessed to hav­ing had a Ho Ho a day ago (Is he 10?) and believes, like Texas, you don't mess with Host­ess. Scar­lett had never had a Twinkie so she didn't under­stand all my fuss. She just wanted to lick the bowl of the whip cream. 

I found numer­ous attempts on-line to repli­cate the infa­mous treat at home but none that tried to clean up its act in terms of health­i­ness. What I did learn from a few sites like www.joythebaker.com and www.canyoustayfordinner.com was a great alter­na­tive to a mini loaves bak­ing pan that most peo­ple don't have-a home­made ver­sion using foil and repli­cates the Twinkie tube shape. I used my mini-loaf pan from Loblaws but also made a foil pan for you to follow.

Cut a square of foil and grab a spice container.

Fold. Keep edges outside.

Spray with cook­ing spray.

I used a yel­low cake recipe that I had to mod­ify in order to remove the white floor and cut down on the but­ter and sugar. As a result, I lost the trade­mark "yel­low" cake appear­ance of my Twinkie. For you Twinkie purists (I'm look­ing at you, honey!), get over it. At least you're eat­ing cake with whipped cream. A lot of other home­made recipes had marsh­mal­low or sweeter mid­dle con­coc­tions but I decided to keep it sim­ple. Whip cream is rich enough with­out other things added into it.

Home­made Healthy Twinkies

Cake

1 cup bar­ley flour
1 cup whole wheat pas­try flour
3 tea­spoons bak­ing pow­der
1/8 tea­spoon salt
8 table­spoons but­ter
2 table­spoons apple­sauce
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup blue agave
1 tea­spoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup 1% milk

Fill­ing

1 cup whip­ping cream
1 tea­spoon vanilla extract
1 table­spoons pow­dered sugar

Method

Put a rack in the mid­dle of the oven and pre­heat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift together flours, bak­ing pow­der and salt into a bowl. Set aside.

Mix but­ter, sugar and agave in a large bowl with an elec­tric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add flour mix­ture alter­nately with the milk in 3 batches, begin­ning and end­ing with the dry mix. Beat until just incorporated.

Spray pan or Twinkie foil pans with non­stick spray. If you're mak­ing your own, you'll need to cre­ate 8. Place them on a bak­ing sheet. Pour bat­ter into each, leav­ing a lit­tle room at the top.

Bake at 350 for 15 min­utes, or until a tooth­pick inserted into the cen­ter comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 min­utes before flip­ping onto a wire rack where they should con­tinue to cool completely.

Use the pointy edge of a kitchen tool to poke three holes into cakes. Once inserted, wind the instru­ment around to bur­row a tiny space for cream to sit. Be care­ful not to poke too far down and split the cake.

Place whip cream into pas­try bag or ziplock bag with the cor­ner snipped off (keep it small) and pipe cream into holes.

Like I said, my hus­band was lack­lus­ter about my  Twinkie ver­sion. How­ever, he did say the cake tasted great. Scar­lett loved it too. How­ever, she didn't need the cream piped in. She told me to just wipe it on top. I, on the oth­er­hand, ate two in one shot and, unlike Twinkies, I could have cared less.

  

2 Comments

  1. strona says:

    great points alto­gether, you sim­ply gained a brand orig­i­nal reader. I beg your par­don? would you sug­gest regard­ing your send that you com­plete a few exis­tence ago? Any positive?

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