Fran's Organic Gourmet Vegan Twinkie

This is Fran Costigan's recipe for an organic gourmet vegan twinkie, from her book "More Great Good Dairy-Free Desserts Naturally."

I am committed to making desserts that taste utterly delicious using organic, wholesome ingredients. The recipe for my Twinkie is adapted from The Vanilla Cupcake recipe in my book. If you can't find a Twinkie kit, use the more readily available cream canoe cake kits.

The game plan:

Make the cream and let it chill for a few hours.

Make the cakes, cool and chill.

Fill the cakes.

The Cakes: Ingredients:

Yield: 16 Twinkies (2 pans.) Halve the recipe if you have just 1 pan.

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1 cup unbleached white flour

6 tablespoons light organic cane sugar

1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon fine sea salt

1/3 cup expeller pressed canola oil

¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup, Grade A, dark amber

¾ cup vanilla soymilk or rice milk

2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract

2 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

Directions:

1. Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Spray the pan with canola or other nonstick spray.

2. Place a wire mesh strainer over a medium bowl. Add the pastry flour, white flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to the strainer. Tap the strainer against the palm of your hand to sift the ingredients into the bowl. Stir with a wire whisk to distribute the ingredients.

3. Whisk the oil, maple syrup, soymilk, vanilla, and vinegar in a separate bowl until well blended. Pour into the dry mixture and stir with a whisk until the batter is smooth.

4. Fill each cup about 1/3 full (about 3 tablespoons of batter each). Bake for 16 to 17 minutes, until the cakes are golden and a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean.

5. Cool the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Run a thin knife between the cakes and the inside of the cup and lift each onto the rack to cool completely. Chill before filling.

The Cream Filling: Ingredients Yield: 1 ½ cups

7 ounces firm tofu, drained (simmer in water for 5 minutes) 4 teaspoons expeller pressed canola oil

2 tablespoons maple syrup, Grade A amber

3 tablespoons raw light agave syrup

6 tablespoons light organic cane sugar

3/4 teaspoon very finely grated lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

½ teaspoon pure coconut extract

1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract

1 1/2 ounces of vegan white chocolate melted

2 tablespoons arrowroot dissolved in 6 tablespoons soy creamer

Directions: You will need a food processor. Remember this tip: Tofu based creams must be pureed until absolutely smooth and creamy. If properly made, there will be absolutely no taste of tofu.

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