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Boston Creme Pie

A round cake that is split and filled with a custard or cream filling and frosted with chocolate.

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It's the official dessert of the State of Massachusetts!

  • Apr 29, 2010
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Just the other day I mentioned to a colleague at work that I had a hankering for some good old fashioned Boston Creme Pie.  This was a dessert that I enjoyed frequently as a child but I had not had it in ages.  When I was growing up Betty Crocker used to offer a Boston Creme Pie Mix but much to my surprise I discovered this item was discontinued some time ago.  I don't blame you at all if you are just a bit confused by the photos because in reality Boston Creme Pie is not a pie at allIt is a cake.  Boston Creme Pie is actually two layers of yellow or sponge cake with a luscious vanilla custard filling between the layers and topped with a rich dark chocolate frosting. Created by a French chef at Boston's Parker House Hotel way back in 1855 Boston Creme Pie has been a favorite around these parts for an awfully long time.  It is a staple in many restaurants and diners in this area.

Well due to the thoughtfulness of one of my co-workers I got my Boston Creme Pie fix just a few days ago.  She happened to spot one in the local supermarket and brought it into work.  Everyone in the office seemed to enjoy it.  I believe you will too.  In 1996 the Massachusetts legislature passed a resolution making Boston Creme Pie the official dessert of the Commonwealth.  For those who think they might enjoy trying this scrumptious dessert I have included the official Betty Crocker recipe below. Bon appetit!

 
 Betty Crocker's Boston Cream Pie

1 1/4 cups Gold Metal all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup shortening
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
Cream Filling (below)
Chocolate Glaze (below)

Heat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour round pan 9 x 1 1/2 inches.

Beat all ingredients except Cream Filling and Chocolate glaze in large bowl on low speed, scraping bowl constantly, 30 seconds. Beat on high speed, scraping bowl occasionally, 3 minutes. Pour into pan.

Bake until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely.

Split cake into 2 layers. Fill Cream Filling on bottom layer of cake. Cover with top layer. Spread top with Chocolate Glaze. Refrigerate cake.

CREAM FILLING
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1/8 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups milk
2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
2 tsp. vanilla

Mix sugar, cornstarch and salt in 2 quart saucepan; stir in milk gradually. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils; boil and stir 1 minutes. Stir at least half of the hot mixture gradually into egg yolks. Blend into hot mixture in saucepan; boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.  Cool to room temperature.

CHOCOLATE GLAZE
Heat 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, 2 tbsp. margarine or butter and 1 tbsp. light corn syrup in 1 quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until chips melt; cool slightly.
 
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July 11, 2011
For dieters, try replacing the sugar with anise, cinnamon or stevia.
 
October 07, 2010
When Boston Creme Pie replaced Indian Pudding as the desert of Massachusetts, I left the state. Far better to go to the North End for a good cannoli.
 
August 26, 2010
I woke up one morning reciting the words "Boston Cream Pie." I love this, even if born 3000 miles away. Still, in the city of the Lakers, I cheer for the Celtics (and the Dodgers)...Thanks for this reminder of one of my favorite desserts, which is very rare to find in L.A.
 
May 08, 2010
Yum! I haven't had Boston Creme Pie in forever and those photos are making me hungry:) Thanks for this review and recipe. Might have to do a bit of baking for Mother's Day!
 
May 04, 2010
Just caught this in the newsletter. I didn't know that the Boston creme pie wasn't actually a pie! Fortunately, I'm a big fan of cake and creme as well :P Thanks for sharing, Paul!
 
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A Boston cream pie is a round cake that is split and filled with a custard or cream filling and frosted with chocolate. Although it is called a Boston cream pie, it is in fact a cake, and not a pie.  Created by French chef M. Sanzian at Boston's Parker House Hotel, opened in 1855,  this pudding/cake combination comprises two layers of sponge cake filled with vanilla custard or crème pâtissière. The cake is topped with a chocolate glaze (such as ganache) and sometimes powdered sugar or a cherry.

The Boston cream pie is the official dessert of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, declared as such in 1996.

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