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When is National Boston Cream Pie Day? Always October 23rd!

Origin of this Holiday
This is an American Dessert /American Holiday but our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. We did however find that this holiday has been celebrated for years. There is plenty of documentation to support that this National holidays does indeed exist.

We know that the pie was created by a french chef MSanzian but we are wondering if this holiday itself was created by a food organization- our research did not find the answer-

This holiday is referred to as a "National" day., as all food holidays are.   However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate.
So have fun with it and celebrate it!

We found recognition about this holiday from:
Calendar sites and personal Internet sites that blog and share information about this holiday.  Many sites discuss the recipe to this dessert along with other cream pie recipes-

What is a Boston Cream Pie?
"A Boston cream pie is a round cake that is split and filled with a custard or cream filling and frosted with chocolate."  It is an American Dessert that is served room temperature or chilled-

"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 confectioner's sugar or a cherry."

"A Boston cream doughnut is a local name for a Berliner filled with vanilla custard or crème pâtissière and topped with icing made from chocolate."

Quick Facts:
The Boston Cream Pie was actually invented in Boston, at the Parker House Hotel.
The Boston Cream Pie was invented by a chef named Sanzian.
The Boston Cream Pie is the official dessert of Massachusetts.
It's called a pie but it's actually a cake.
The Boston Cream Pie is actually two layers of sponge cake that is filled with thick vanilla            custard and topped with a chocolate glaze. It is cut in wedges like a pie.

Boston Cream Pie Recipe

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour, sifted
1 tsp. baking powder
3 eggs, beaten separately
1 c. sugar
2 tbsp. milk or water

Mix dry ingredients. Add beaten eggs and milk (or water). Mix well. Divide batter in half and bake in two cake pans in a 400 degree oven. Bake until tops are straw-colored (check after cooking 20 minutes). When done and cool, split in half (into layers) with a sharp knife.
The two cakes should make 4 layers. Spread with filling.

Cream Filling Recipe for Boston Cream Pie

1/3 c. sugar
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1/8 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. 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 minute.
Stir 1/2 of hot mixture into egg yolks in saucepan, boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla.
Cool to room temperature.

Chocolate Glaze Recipe for Boston Cream Pie

2 (1 oz.) squares unsweetened chocolate
3 tbsp. butter
1 c. powdered sugar
3/4 tsp. vanilla

Heat over low heat until melted. Remove from heat.
Stir in 1 cup powdered sugar and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla.
Stir in 1 teaspoon hot water at a time until desired consistency
(about 2 tablespoons of water is needed).


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Resources:  This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses some material from Wikipedia/article boston cream pie/and other related pages. Top Photo by: Linda Stradley /What's Cooking America.
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