So with the recent closure of Hostess (which is really quite sad for most of us, but my wife and I actually had a hostess platter of cakey goodness at our wedding, so a bit more sad for us really) we decided to keep the Twinkie alive through the power of Gluten-Free Prairie bakeryness!
So using the power of our recipe for Gluten-Free vanilla cupcakes, our Gluten-Free Prairie toasted oat flour, a novelty Twinkie kit, and a meringue filling recipe of your choice we will keep the Twinkie alive and well!
Make sure your dog supervises the greasing of the Twinkie pan. This step is crucial for success.
Use an ice cream scooper to fill the Twinkie pans just under half way, these babies will rise like things that rise!
While your cupcakes... er... Twinkies, yeah... while your Twinkies bake in the oven (more like 12 minutes as opposed to the 15 the cupcake recipe calls for) make your filling. We made a really easy meringue from an old school cook book I had laying around.
Like I said, these babies rise like things that rise, so cut off the "dome" to give them a really authentic Twinkie flat bottom.
Since you bought that novelty Twinkie Set you'll get one of these "Twinkie The Kid" filling filler thingys. My mom said "here you go Twinkie guy". Don't worry, I corrected her for all of us.
Insert "Twinkie The Kid" filling filler thing and fill until it just starts to come back out at ya. That way you know it's filled as much as it can be filled. And really, this what we all love, other wise it's just a delicious vanilla cupcake shaped like a torpedo and wanting for some creamy thing to with it. Am I right?
Repeat two more times until you get three, yes three little filling holes filled with delicious filling goodness!
Eat one or four to make sure they aren't poisoned or whatever excuse you need to eat one immediately. That's your treat!
Be amazed at the Twinkie-esqueness going on there. It's truly amazing! BE AMAZED!
Cut. Fill. Repeat. Testing for poison whenever you feel it is needed.
Not wanting to have the "domes" just go to no use at all, you should probably apply some filling to the top of these little guys and enjoy the heck out of them. Save the Twinkies for your friends or your lunchbox or your pocket or whatever.
So there you go. Even if you're gluten-free, you too can enjoy Twinkies for years to come whenever you damn well feel like it. The whole process took my me and my parents a whopping 40 minutes from the word "I really want a Twinkie".