My favorite dessert is the Boston Cream Pie, a cake I love to make myself for my birthday around Christmas. Over the years it's been more of a biannual tradition than an annual one since Michael won't eat it. This year, I don't have a working oven and I'm thinking about buying a ready made cake. I dread the flavor of all the preservatives and packaging, but I don't have much choice this year.
In recent years I've made it all from scratch. For the custard I substitute vanilla pudding because I've never attempted to make a custard before. Even from scratch, vanilla pudding is very easy to make. I've done the chocolate ganache before, but the last time I made a Boston Cream Pie (about 3 years ago now), I made a basic buttercream frosting. I usually make very basic yellow cake. Nothing using 8 separated egg yolks, just the discount recipe that usually works for me.
This is one of my early cakes from about 7 years ago with way too much ganache. It looked like a train wreck, but it was good. I was proud of this since it was the first one I made entirely from scratch. So, I took a picture.
The Boston Cream Pie was invented at the Parker House Hotel in Boston where Charles Dickens allegedly wrote A Christmas Carol while living there.
Ho Chi Minh in 1921
From 1912 to 1913, a young Ho Chi Minh worked as a baker at the Parker House Hotel and probably baked hundreds of Boston Cream Pies. Malcolm X also worked at the Parker House as a busboy.
Maybe next year I'll be able to make another Boston Cream Pie.