Kate's Cuisine

Jun 04 2011

Twinkorette Peach Crumb Cake: Review

This is yet another recipe from the fabulous book, Bite Me, by Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat. I’ve had the book for a couple of years now and have tried many recipes from it including Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons and Parmesan-Crusted Asparagus. To start the recipe, Julie talks about her love of Twinkies and how she shamefully eats them while no one’s looking, because she’s such a Twinkie junkie. Of course, she knows that many Twinkies are not good for anyone, and would love to give up her sinful delight but just can’t figure out how. Reading on with interest, I felt as though I could totally relate.

She went on to say that this recipe was created by Lisa, who promised her that it would completely replace her love of the Twinkie. Feeling doubtful, she took a piece of the cake offering and was delighted to find out that yes indeed, it did taste like a Twinkie! According to the book, Julie had been Twinkie-free for six months at the time of the writing. Feeling encouraged, and a little curious as to how peaches were to substitute the luscious creamy filling of a Twinkie, I got out my baking tools and knew that if any book would steer me in the right direction, it was this one.

Well, the cake was good. I liked it and my girls liked it. But Twinkie-like? No. It was a wonderful, light cake with fruit that had a delicious crunchy crumbly topping. It just wasn’t like a Twinkie. It was however, very much like an apple cake that my grandmother has made ever since I was a kid, and probably even before. And that is never a bad thing. Suffice it to say though, that I had a Twinkie last week and I have a Twinkie in my near future.

As an interesting side note, the book is not only full of good recipes, but also delightful little “Bite Me Bits” for some of the recipes. The bit for Twinkorette Peach Crumb Cake? That it takes a Twinkie 45 seconds to explode in the microwave!

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