When was the last time you took a bite of Boston cream pie? I haven’t had a slice of this delicious pie in quite some time. However, I think I might go find a piece or two, so I can celebrate National Boston Cream Pie Day! If you don’t know much about Boston cream pie, or have never had a piece, you are in for a treat. Today, I am going to share a few things about this delectable pie.
Before I get to the history of Boston cream pie, you must know that this pie isn’t really a pie. It is a cake that has a creamy filling in between the layers. Don’t worry, it is still yummy and worth eating!
Anyway, Boston cream pie was first made by M. Sanzian in 1856. He was the chef at the Parker House Hotel in Boston, MA. Since he made the pie at a Boston restaurant, it made sense to add the word Boston to the beginning of the pie’s, well, cake’s name.
The original Boston cream pie was layers of cake and pastry cream. Rum was brushed onto the top of each layer. Chocolate icing was added to the top and slivered almonds were placed around the sides.
No one is quite sure why everyone accepted that this was a pie and not a cake. It could be because Boston cream pie is similar to Washington Pie, which was also actually a cake. That pie was created years before and Boston cream pie was basically an updated version.
You can find Boston cream pie, and donuts, in many restaurants and bakeries around the country. And yet, if you walk into some bakeries and restaurants in Boston, they won’t have the pies or donuts you are searching for.
Don’t worry! I won’t leave you stranded without Boston cream pie or donuts while you are on a family vacation in Boston!
When it comes to Boston cream donuts, the best place to go is Union Square Donuts. And if you are not in the mood for a Boston cream donut, they have many other kinds. I recommend considering the caramel pumpkin cheesecake donut, sea salt whiskey caramel donut, or the peanut butter and jelly donut. Or get them all and have a blast eating breakfast all day long!
The Parker House Hotel, now called the Omni Parker House, is still the best place to eat a slice of Boston cream pie while on a family vacation.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to vacation in Boston and eat a slice of Boston cream pie! I’m not sure if I will get there to celebrate National Boston Cream Pie Day, but I will get there soon. Until then, I may consider making my own Boston cream pie at home.
Here is a recipe to get you started if you want to join me in baking:
Oh, and this Boston cream pie martini looks good too!
Let’s raise our glasses and forks and celebrate National Boston Cream Pie Day in style! Although, that leads me to a question…
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