Tuesday, March 17, 2009

So about that Boston Cream Pie...

That looks really good... and tastes good too.

I'll put the ingredient list up here then break down the recipe into the steps taken.

Cake flour, sugar, corn starch, baking powder, salt, light corn syrup, vanilla extract, bittersweet chocolate(more on this later), unslated butter, heavy cream, milk and eggs.

The Cake:
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Creamed together in a mixer or with a hand mixer, man I love my KitchenAid.

2 large eggs

Beaten in one at a time.

2 cups cake flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Sifted together, then added to mixer until incorporated.

3/4 cup milk

Mixed in to make it really look like cake batter.

A 9 and a half inch spring form pan (I have no clue what size mine is I just used it), buttered and floured.

Bake at 350 for 50 minutes.

Cry for your momma.

And break out the 9 inch Wilton cake pans, that happen to belong to momma and are older than you.

Do the happy dance!!!! Of course after having made the cake batter a second time and the baked for 40 minutes in the two 9 inch pans, I was just cussing a blue streak at the spring form abomination.

The Custard (otherwise known as that creamy stuff in the middle):
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Put into a largeish sauce pan (you want high sides cause this stuff is like napalm, it sticks and burns), whisked like crazy until smooth and brought up to boiling.

3 large eggs, beaten silly

Tempered into the milk mixture, look that part up online cause a video is so much better than pics. Whisk like crazy and pray you don't end up with really sweet soupy scrambled eggs.

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Whisked into the custard in pieces. Then keep whisking, no your arm will not really fall off until the mix has cooled enough you can touch it and not scream. Technical aren't I?

The Glaze:
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt

So I would have really liked this part to be sweeter since the cake itself and the custard aren't.
I probably will go with a semi-sweet chocolate next time or up the corn syrup another half tablespoon.

Put all that into a double boiler and slowly stir and melt. Eventually (which is always good when heating chocolate) you'll get a lovely smooth chocolate sauce, ganache whatever.

Now we get to the fun part.

Lay the first cake layer onto your cake plate. Using a spatula, the plastic kind works just as good as the metal ones, spread the custard around to almost the edge of the cake. Then top with the last layer of cake.

Now for the chocolate, make sure it's still pretty warm so it pours easy, dump it onto the center of the cake. You can take a butter knife or metal spatula and force it to spread all even and pretty to the sides, or you can pick the plate up and tilt it around until it does the same thing.

That's it! Let the chocolate cool, or not and slice and serve.

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