Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Gourmet Twinkies

File Under: Recipe Corner

For Joy, Beth and anybody else interested, here is the recipe for Twinkie-misu. Below is the recipe as published in The Twinkie Cookbook. Afterwards I will let you know what modifications I made.

Serves 6 to 8

1 (3.4 oz) package instant vanilla pudding
1 3/4 cups milk
1/4 cup Amaretto
1 cup strong coffee, warmed
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup Kahlua
2 cups frozen nondairy whipped topping, thawed
10 Twinkies
Unsweetened cocoa for dusting

In a bowl, combine the pudding mix, milk and Amaretto and whisk. Set aside until quite thick.
In a separate small bowl, combine the coffee, sugar, and Kahlua and mix until the sugar dissolves. Refrigerate until cool. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and set the Twinkies on the paper. Slowly drizzle the coffee mixture over each Twinkie, allowing the liquid to soak in.
Fold the whipped topping into the pudding mixture. Spoon one-third of the pudding mixture into an 8 x 8 baking dish.
Arrange the Twinkies evenly evenly over the pudding. Spoon the remaining pudding over the Twinkies.
Refrigerate for 1 hour, or until set. Dust with cocoa just before serving.

My notes:
1. I made a double batch. 20 Twinkies (2 boxes), 2 boxes of pudding, 2 containers of Cool Whip (the tub, not the can).

2. I am not a fan of Amaretto. I love Kahlua. I did not buy Amaretto, decided to just add 1/4 tsp. of almond extract to the pudding mix and I substituted Kahlua. The bit of almond extract was just fine. Not overpowering.

3. I didn't brew enough coffee. I should have had 2 cups, I only had about 1. I made up the difference with Kahlua. I love Kahlua.

4. I didn't drizzle the coffee mixture onto the Twinkies, I used a basting brush. I brushed and brushed and brushed. I got tired of brushing and ended up pouring out about 1/4 cup of the Kahlua/coffee mixture. Sad, because I love Kahlua.

5. The container I used for transporting the dessert was a foil pan, not large enough for the Twinkies to be a single layer. 12 fit in the first layer, then I added more pudding then the remaining Twinkies on top, then the remainder of the pudding/Cool Whip mixture. There wasn't enough pudding/Cool Whip mixture to completely cover the second layer. I decided that was rustic. Or white trash. As if it would have been anything but had it been neatly arranged.

6. I forgot to sprinkle cocoa over it. Nobody noticed.

7. I made it mid-day and didn't serve it until evening. It was fine, I was concerned it would have become really mushy but it did not.

It might be good with berries in it, or if you're a fan of egg nog, using that instead of milk to make the pudding. Or maybe not.



Marker said...

My pancreas hurts just reading the . . . the, um . . . what is that thing called again? Oh yeah, the recipe.

Jimbo said...

I KNOW!!! It was sickeningly sweet but perfect for the occasion. It was actually delicious! LOL

Beth said...

OMG! I HAVE to make this! My husband loves sweets, but has his physical in January for work...maybe I should wait until after that? ;)

frogponder said...

Twinkies have a convoluted tradition around here with the neighborhood tribe of children.

Once they put a twinkie on top of the familyroom tv (a room downstairs that was their lair and clubhouse). There it sat for years, thru the end of elementary school, thru middle school. Finally they entered high school. The twinkie had finally started turning toxic. But only at one end.

So, of course, they had to eat it.
(Did I mention these were all the boys of the tribe?) And they did, but saved the toxic end to show me
when they told me they had eaten it...

YOU DID WHAT???!!! (wondering how if I could get them all into the van and to the ER and if I had all their parents' work numbers in a handy place and what would happen to our household insurance... a lot can go thru your mind in a short amount of time).

NONE of the little monsters got sick. Then they wanted to deep fry one...

Berry Blog said...

I just love when you post recipes. this one is just too fun to ignore. gotta try it. I also like when you comment on your own processing ( scuse me, "cooking")and what you ran into while doing it.

Joy said...

Thank you, Jim! Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts. This is the junk food version of it, and I'll make it.