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Last year's Academy Award nominated films had lots of food related items so we had some fun in the week leading up to the big night with suggestions for pot luck party contributions. We enjoyed it so much, we've decided to do it again this year.

Of course I'm starting with the film Milk. At the risk of being remarkably tasteless, I just had to make some twinkies. Those of us old enough to remember the deaths of Harvey Milk and George Mascone know that Dan White's lawyers famously invoked what was dubbed the "twinkie defence," suggesting that his capacity for rational thought was diminished by his over-indulgence of junk food. It worked and he was sentenced for voluntary manslaughter rather than murder. If you read Lloyd's post about the chemical bath that twinkies are made from, you could see the point. White had previously been an exercise and health food fanatic and somehow ended up going over to the dark side.

I made this healthier (I think) homemade version of twinkies, and they were realistic enough that I didn't have the courage to take a bite. My husband looked at me and said "am I supposed to eat that?" Then he said "that is repulsive...but don't throw the rest away". So if you are a closet twinkie lover, it sounds like this is the recipe for your. Personally, I think I'm going to stick to the homemade granola bars.

Beverage of choice: there are no points for the obviousness of this, but as you can see from the photo, I used organic milk in a returnable glass bottle.

INGREDIENTS

For the Twinkies:
1 cup sugar
eggs
1 1/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
For Whipped Filling
1/3 cup shortening
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup  powdered sugar

PREPARATION:

For the Twinkies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Beat the eggs and sugar for one minute until slightly thickened. Mix in other ingredients, just blending until combined. Divide batter between three greased mini loaf pans, or 6 cupcakes. Bake for half an hour, until puffed and golden brown, and when you insert a toothpick into the cake it comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans, then remove to a cutting board.
  2. With a sharp knife, carefully cut out rectangles from the bottom. Scrape out the insides carefully, and eat them, but saving a strip of rectangle to put back on. Fill with whipped filling, put the little caps back on.

    Adapted from the website Hey That Tastes Good.

For Whipped Filling

  1. Mix the first four ingredients for 6-7 minutes, then add the confectioners sugar and beat another 5 minutes
This recipe appears in: Snacks

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