Jeez, what a weekend you guys. It was the kind of weekend where you really needed to eat your feelings. You know, if that was a healthy thing to do. Still, I thought it might be a good idea to do just that. So I did! And in the process discovered a way to fashion some gluten-free Twinkies!
You see, I was on my way home from a Cornhole Tournament (true story) and I saw this ginormous sign above the Times Square of Hollywood, aka, Hollywood & Highland. All that was written was a date. Today’s date, in fact, and a 20 story-Twinkie porn shot. I’m guessing this means Twinkies are back after a brief exit from the snack food spotlight, as Hostess realized that shit just won’t fly. I got excited for a second until I remembered I can’t eat Twinkies. ‘Effing Hostess.
Which is exactly the moment I decided to make my own damn gluten-free Twinkies. And I did.
I looked at some recipes on the Internet (and was surprised by how many recipes for Twinkies were actually on the Internet), but had a serious issue with a few instructions. One was to not use butter at all (srsly?) and another was to make mini-Twinkies instead of full-sized. Screw that noise. Full-sized was the way to go. But I won’t lie. Making Twinkie boats out of aluminum foil is not an easy task. Especially not for a gal like me. So I read a couple of instructions on how to do that then experimented a bit. Finally, I wound up taking a piece of aluminum foil from the standard sized roll, and rolled it out for about 10 inches. then I folded it in three’s, and placed a spice jar in the center. I folded the edges around to make a Twinkie boat. Like so.
Even though that was challenging, it was even more challenging to get these gluten-free Twinkies golden brown. I wound up with brown on the edges and creamy white. That’s okay, because the cream filling was actually super easy, and what with my new pastry bag and a bendy straw, I could fill those suckers right up! That was fun. See?
Like so many other attempts at light and fluffy gluten-free pastry (ahem, donuts, ahem) the gluten-free Twinkie was not so light. It was much more cake-like with a cream filling that could stop a heart. So halfway like the original, halfway not. Of course, my gluten-free Twinks would never last for 30 years, unlike the original. So that’s a good thing, right? Right????