My Adventures Making Twinkie Pie

March 20th, 2016 by

twinkie-pie-compareIt’s hard to believe, but next weekend is already Easter. Regardless of whether you honor it as a religious holiday, I think we can all get on board with the delectable delights that come along with the occasion: yummy chocolate bunnies, jelly beans nestled in plastic grass, gooey Cadbury Creme Eggs, etc.

If you’re looking for a pretty, pastel-colored dessert for your Easter dinner (or just to celebrate spring), look no further than Mama’s Famous Twinkie Pie, as made famous in The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh.

A while back, I posted a video of how to make the pie — featuring the author herself. Well, the video inspired me to try my hand at making Twinkie Pie. (In the book, the recipe is passed down to the protagonist from her mother, so it’s pretty fitting that I made this pie in my parents’ kitchen, with some help from my mom!)

I got the recipe from this guide from the book publisher (on page 3).

Click on my photos to see my step-by-step Twinkie Pie creation:

Unfortunately, I didn’t have access to a springform pan when I made this pie. But hey, I think it turned out pretty well anyway! How do you think it compares to the image on the book cover?

— Karen

Karen has nothing against Twinkies, but she’s more a fan of Hostess Cupcakes, to be honest.

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Thanksgiving Equals Pie (Books)

November 22nd, 2015 by

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we all know that that means…

run-turkey-time

But since I don’t eat turkey, the main Thanksgiving meal event for me is always dessert. And obviously, Thanksgiving dessert = PIE!

So today, I’m highlighting two books that honor that amazing sweet treat: Pie by Sarah Weeks and The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh. These stories aren’t about the Thanksgiving holiday, but they do focus on the way that food can bring us together and connect older and younger generations. After all, food isn’t just for eating; food is tradition, memory, and sharing.

We’ve already reviewed these two books on Kidsmomo, so I wanted to offer some new tasty tidbits from the authors:

Highlights from a Scholastic interview with Sarah Weeks about Pie:

If you had to describe your new book, PIE, in five words, what would they be?
Sarah Weeks: Heartfelt. Wholesome. Funny. Sweet. Delicious.

In PIE we learn a lot about the pie preferences of a number of the book’s characters. Did their personalities easily dictate their taste in pies? How many different kinds of pie did you bake before settling on the recipes you included in the book?
Sarah Weeks: I knew right from the start that Alice’s favorite pie would be peach. To me, nothing tastes more like summer than peach pie. I began collecting pie recipes from friends and family while I was still working on my first draft. As the recipes poured in, it was fun to try to match the pies to the characters in the book. I love to bake so I often make pies, but last summer (2010) I only baked pies that I was considering for the book.

Lardo the cat is not what most people would consider an “ideal” companion. Was he inspired by any pets you’ve known?
Sarah Weeks: Um, I know this will be an unpopular answer with many, but I’m not a cat lover. I’m a dog person. I grew to love Lardo in the course of writing PIE, but I wouldn’t really want to own him.

Warning: If you check out the rest of the interview, just know that there’s one spoiler about the book in Sarah Weeks’ answers!

And if you want to try your hand at making twinkie pie, here’s a step-by-step video with author Kat Yeh:

Yum!

What’s your dessert plan for this Thanksgiving? Leave a comment and tell me your favorite kind of pie!

— Karen

Karen prefers cream pies over fruit pies, but obviously she’ll never turn down any kind of pie! If you have extra, let her know!

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The Truth About Twinkie Pie: Book Review

March 12th, 2015 by

Recipe for an AWESOME book:

  • 2 Sisters, named DiDi and GiGi
  • 1 Perfect Boy with Wish Pie Eyes
  • 1 Spirited Arch-Nemesis with Death Glare
  • 3 New Friends (add more for taste)
  • 1 Well-done Plot
  • 1 Delicious Dash of Mystery
  • 1 Big Family Secret

The Truth About Twinkie Pie_Kat YehMix it all together, and what comes freshly-baked out of the oven? The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh!

Meet brainy 12-year-old GiGi (short for Galileo Galilei) and her junior-high-school-dropout sister DiDi (short for Delta Dawn, just like their mother). They’ve moved from a trailer park in South Carolina to a wealthy “walking town” on Long Island, New York. Even though DiDi has just won A MILLION DOLLARS in a national cooking contest, she insists on spending little and saving as much as possible for GiGi’s education.

When GiGi starts at her fancy new private school, she seizes the opportunity to try out her own “Recipe for Success“: she wants to reinvent herself and instead of studying all the time, make friends. Her dish starts off great: After literally tripping over Trip (the nicest, coolest guy in school), they become fast friends. But then the recipe sours a bit: GiGi becomes a target for mean girl Mace. But the recipe isn’t a total disaster! She makes friends in the Stargazing Club… but while she’s cooking up her Recipe for Success, her relationship with her big sister may taste a little bitter.

As usual, I don’t want to spoil anything, so I encourage everyone to pick up a copy of The Truth About Twinkie Pie and read it for yourself! There’s an amazing reveal after normally goody-goody GiGi decides to run away from home. But not all plans and recipes turn out the way she wants, and she ends up with an unexpected companion

Leave a comment below if you’ve read or want to read The Truth About Twinkie Pie!

— Nancy

icon_nancyWARNING: Between some of the chapters are very delicious-sounding recipes. Nancy strongly discourages reading this book while on a diet.

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Review copy from the publisher.


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