Miso-Butterscotch Twinkies

Miso-Butterscotch Twinkies
Staff Writer
Gideon Bosker and Karen Brooks

These are not your father’s Twinkies. Boke Bowl’s delicate beauties come with obsessive touches like vanilla beans scraped into the batter, thanks to pastry gal Elizabeth Green. Miso paste, of all things, lends a dulce de leche flavor profile to the filling. Secure a nonstick éclair pan in advance, available online and at kitchen shops. Save leftover pudding for a bonus dessert, best topped with whipped cream.

12
Servings
231
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the Twinkies

  • Vegetable oil, for greasing the pan
  • 3/4 Cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 1 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 1/4 Teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons sour cream

For the miso-butterscotch pudding

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Cup plus 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 Cup heavy cream
  • 1 Cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 Cup water
  • 1/2 Teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons molasses
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 Tablespoons light miso paste
  • 1 Cup whole milk

Directions

For the Twinkies

Generously coat a nonstick 8-cup éclair pan with the vegetable oil. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a small bowl. Set aside.

Using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg yolks and ½ cup of the sugar on medium-high until pale yellow and doubled in volume, about 4-5 minutes. Using the dull side of a knife, scrape the vanilla bean seeds from the pod into the mixture. (Reserve the pod for another use.) Reduce the speed to low, add the vanilla extract and sour cream, and mix until incorporated. Scrape the mixture into a large bowl and set aside.

Wash and dry the mixer bowl and whisk attachment. Using the stand mixer with the clean bowl and whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites with the remaining ½ cup of sugar on medium-high until stiff peaks form, about 3-4 minutes. Gently fold 1/2 of the dry ingredients into the yolk mixture, and then fold in the remaining dry ingredients. Gently fold in the egg whites just until combined, being careful not to deflate the batter.

Fill the éclair cups just a bit more than half full. Bake until springy to the touch and light golden brown, about 9-12 minutes. Cool in the pan for 1 minute only, and then remove from the pan, using a knife to loosen the sides. Wipe out the pan, oil again, and repeat, using the remaining batter. Cool the cakes completely before filling.

For the miso-butterscotch pudding

In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, vanilla, cornstarch, and ½ cup of the cream together. Set aside.

In a large nonreactive saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, corn syrup, water, and lemon juice and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and whisk in the molasses, butter, and miso. Simmer for a few minutes, and then add the milk and remaining 1 cup of cream. Increase the heat to medium, add the egg mixture, and bring back to a boil, whisking vigorously. Reduce the heat to low and continue whisking until the mixture is bubbly and thick, about 5 minutes.

Remove the pudding from the heat, and strain through a fine mesh sieve into a glass bowl. Cover the surface directly with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming, and let cool at least 30 minutes. (If not using immediately, store the pudding in a covered glass jar for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.)

Fill a squirt bottle or piping bag with the pudding. Turn the cakes over and carefully insert the bottle or piping tip into the flat underside of the cake. Squeeze in 3 equal squirts to distribute the filling evenly. Turn over and sift powdered sugar on top before serving.

 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
8g
11%
Sugar
6g
7%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
18mg
6%
Carbohydrate, by difference
36g
28%
Protein
4g
9%
Vitamin A, RAE
68µg
10%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
214mg
21%
Choline, total
8mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Fluoride, F
1µg
0%
Folate, total
39µg
10%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
14mg
4%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
69mg
10%
Selenium, Se
7µg
13%
Sodium, Na
205mg
14%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
51g
2%

Butter Shopping Tip

Be sure to purchase the correct flour a recipe calls for – flours differ in gluten or protein content, making each suited for specific tasks.

Butter Cooking Tip

Insert a toothpick into the center of cakes, bar cookies, and quick breads to test for doneness – it should come out clean or only have a few crumbs clinging to it.