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  •  I'd do it a little differently than the diarist (5+ / 0-)

    and a little more like my Mom used to do. I don't know if you've ever heard of "pie birds" -- ceramic figurines that you can bake into a pie to let the steam out so the top crust doesn't crack or burst.

    Mom used baking marbles instead, three to the section, in a corn-muffin "corn stick" pan (she made hot dog buns in the same pan, with no marbles). She used to butter the pan and marbles, and pour the batter not quite half-way-up the marbles. After baking, she took the marbles out and shot the filling in with this aluminum tube thing she had for making cookies or decorating cakes. It looked like a cartoon rocketship, with a plunger like a syringe and several tips.  

    Here's a good recipe for the cake part -- Mom never bothered with making it look yellow, but I know you can sub in up to a tablespoon of the liquid with carrot juice for color's sake:

    Homemade Twinkies
    Adapted from Gourmet Cookbook by Joy the Baker
    Makes about 12

    2 cups all-purpose flour    3 teaspoons baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon salt             10 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
    1 cup sugar                      2 large eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract  1/8 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
    1 cup milk

    Put a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

    In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

    Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

    Beat in eggs one at a time, beating for 1 minute in between each addition. Beat in vanilla and almond extract. Reduce speed to low, add half of the flour mixture, and beat until incorporated. Add milk and beat until incorporated. Add the rest of the flour, and beat until incorporated.

    Spray prepared molds with nonstick spray and divide the batter between them. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or until the cakes are just slightly golden and a pick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before filling.

    Mom's filling was a tablespoon of boiling water, half-teaspoon of vanilla, a quarter-teaspoon of lemon extract, the tiniest pinch of salt, and a tablespoon of butter creamed into a box of 10x sugar ...

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    by BlackSheep1 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 10:24:16 AM PST

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