Saturday, December 31, 2005

Fry Fest

We had a deep frying family feeding frenzy last night. We've been doing the deep fried Turkey at Thanksgiving for a few years but last night we finally entered the wonderful world of deep fried Twinkies, Snickers, Oreos and more. Mmmm.... deep fried crap.
My brother-in-law Mike got a deep fryer for Christmas so we didn't need to do this outside with our big turkey fryer. After an extensive search for crap-frying recipes online we chose the very simple and tasty standard pancake mix to use as batter. We armed ourselves with 10 frozen Twinkies, a small package of Oreo Cookies and an assortment of frozen fun size candy bars including Snickers, Milky Way, Almond Joy, Twix and Kit Kats. Woops, I'm drooling again.
Anyway, once the oil was up to 375 degrees, we started dipping the candy in batter and then tossing it into the boiling oil. The Snickers bars were by far the best, a warm golden brown crust, melting chocolate and solid peanut core. Heaven. Twix also were quite tasty, the cookie middle became a nice pastry. Almond Joys fell apart and looked like almond roadkill, Milky Ways were just OK and I don't think I heard a Kit Kat verdict from anyone. The deep fried Oreos looked like fried mushrooms and took some experimenting to get the perfect timing to make them just right - the cookies and frosting becoming one mysterious entity. But after coming down from my sugar high, I don't recall what that perfect timing was. For dessert we attacked the Twinkies, first they were rolled in flour then dipped in the batter and finally sacrificed to the deep fat volcano. They were awesome. I don't even remember particularly liking Twinkies at any point in my life and it must be 20 years since I've had one. But they kicked my mouth's ass! Soooo good. And they got even better. Instead of eating them fresh from the fryer, all hot and oily, a few survived until the end of the night. These ones were magical. The creamy filling was gone. Completely vanished and absorbed into the cake. It just melted in my mouth. Next experiment will be to inject that hollow core with some hot fudge or something sick. Can't wait.

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