Tuesday, October 13, 2015

EASY Boston Cream Pie - 52 Cakes and Pies at Home and Church PotLuck Desserts

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Oh Boy I love this pie... No frosting, instead a chocolate poured Ganache for a powerful punch of sweet chocolate flavor.

But for added moisture and flavor, there is a center layer of vanilla custard or pudding.  A wonderful name (although this is actually a cake and not a pie at all... but I digress), that just gives off an illusion of difficulty that only store bought bakery desserts can achieve.


This is very easy.  Only three challenges...

Cut the cake in half.  Use a long bread knife, cut carefully and it works just fine.  Only tip would be to chill the cake (firmer).

The Pudding.  Use less liquid (milk) than you normally would.  This will make a firmer center

And finally is the Ganache...

Take a close look at the image to the left.  Use a wire rack and pour the chocolate over a cooled cake.  sure, some will fall through the rack, but it is the easiest way to get that smooth poured on look that this cake traditionally has.

Spoon lickers delight.

And that;s it... A real crowd pleaser in presentation, taste and VERY VERY EASY!

 OK... Here's what I did...

EASY Boston Cream Pie

  • 1 Box Yellow Cake mix
  • 1 Box Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 2 Cups Half and Half
  • 4 OZ Baker's Unsweetened Chocolate
  • 1 Cup Confectioner's Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 to 3 TBS HOT Water
Cooking Directions
  1. Prepare Cake mix as directed on box. Bake in a prepared (butter and flour bottom) 9 inch springform cake pan according to the directions on the box.
  2. Cool in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Slice through the center of the cake, making a top half and a bottom half.
  3. Prepare the pudding, using half of the liquid (milk or half and half). This will make a more solid pudding center.
  4. Evenly spread the pudding on top of the bottom half of the cake, top with the top gently. Refrigerate for another 2 hours.
  5. Prepare the chocolate Ganache - In a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Stir in confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough water to achieve a thick glaze. Allow to cool for a few minutes.
  6. Spoon chocolate glaze over the top, allowing it to drip down sides of cake. Refrigerate for another two hours or more.
  7. Serve chilled and ENJOY


And since this recipe features a cake as an ingredient, t has also been added to my growing list of "52 Cakes and Pies at Home"!

These are the desserts you make for your family.  No fancy amazing wedding cakes, just the rustic beauty of the classics.  From pumpkin pie to cheesecakes to layer cakes, these are what your family craves for dessert.  You may even see a few unusual crusts and frosting ideas to try.

You get the idea. These recipes are simple, delicious and will have your family wanting dessert first...


This recipe has also been added to my growing list of
"52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


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