The deep-fried Twinkie has become as essential a part of the American fairground experience as the ferris wheel and the 4-H auction. Made with a batter of milk, flour, baking powder and vinegar, then cooked in vegetable oil, deep fried Twinkies have a lush interior and a crispy, buttery exterior, wrote "New York Times" writer Melissa Clark in 2002. You don't have to have a deep-fat fryer to make deep-fried Twinkies at home, but it helps keep the temperature of your oil constant -- great when you're frying up Twinkies for a crowd.
Things You'll Need
Measuring cups and spoons
2 mixing bowls
Wooden craft sticks
Wooden spoon, optional
Large plate or platter
Put the Twinkies in the freezer for at least two hours or overnight.
Pour vegetable oil into a deep-fat fryer, using 4 cups for every six Twinkies you plan to fry. Heat the oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Whisk milk, vegetable oil and plain vinegar in a mixing bowl. Use 1 cup of milk, 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of oil to make enough batter for six Twinkies.
Combine white flour, baking powder and salt thoroughly in another mixing bowl. Use 1 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt for six Twinkies.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, then whisk until the batter is smooth.
Remove the Twinkies from the freezer and insert a wooden stick lengthwise into the middle of each.
Sprinkle all sides of each Twinkie with a small amount of flour. Hold the stick and dip a Twinkie into the prepared batter, turning to coat completely.
Submerge the batter-covered Twinkie into the hot oil in the deep-fat fryer. Fry it for three to four minutes, using a long-handled utensil like a wooden spoon to hold the Twinkie beneath the oil, if needed.
Take the Twinkie out of the oil and let it drain on a plate covered with paper towels. Fry the remaining Twinkies one at a time.
Remove the wooden sticks and let the fried Twinkies cool for five minutes before eating.
Use the Twinkie batter to deep-fry sandwich cookies, candy bars and other pastries.
For an upscale twist, serve the fried Twinkies sprinkled with powdered sugar and accompanied by a berry sauce. Heat fruit preserves and fresh or frozen berries to a simmer to make the sauce.
If you don't have a deep-fat fryer, use a large pot with high sides or a Dutch oven filled with enough vegetable oil to allow the Twinkies to be submerged easily. Verify the oil's temperature with a cooking thermometer.
Have a fire extinguisher nearby whenever you use a deep-fat fryer. Never attempt to put out a grease fire with water, which can cause the fire to spread.
Once you're done using the deep-fat fryer, let it cool completely -- for at least two hours -- before remove the oil and cleaning it.
A deep-fried Twinkie can contain as many as 420 calories and 34 grams of fat. Enjoy them only occasionally to avoid excess weight gain and weight-related health problems.
- The New York Times: Fry That Twinkie, But Hold the Chips
- ABC News: Recipe: Deep-Fried Twinkies
- FoxNews.com: Fried Twinkies
- The Kitchn: How to Make Battered and Fried Sweets at Home
- Dayton Daily News: Turkey Legs, Fried Twinkies and Other Fair Foods You Should Probably Avoid
- USDA Food Safety Information: Deep Fat Frying and Food Safety