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The Best Boston Cream Pie

  • 70 mins
  • 12 ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsifted flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1 and 1/4 cups butter milk
  • 4 egg whites (reserve 2 egg yolks for filling)
  • Cream filling (to follow)
  • Chocolate glaze (follow)

This is a classic American pie. It is actually more like a cake than an pie. But whatever you want to call it, it is absolutely delicious. This is a very elegant pie that is made with with delicate cake layers instead of pie crusts.

Directions:
  • Grease and dust with four to 9 inch layer pans.
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large mixer bowl.
  • Add butter, shortening, vanilla and buttermilk.
  • Beat on a low speed for 30 seconds.
  • Beat on a medium speed for 2 minutes.
  • Add egg whites, and beat 2 minutes.
  • Pour into pans and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Cool for about 15 minutes then remove from pan, and cool completely.
Cream  Filling:
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbs cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Directions:
  • Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt in a sauce pan.
  • Gradually add 1 and milk and reserved 2 egg yolks. Blend well
  • Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture boils. Boil and stir for 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat and blend in 1 tbs of butter and 1 tsp vanilla. Cool for 10 minutes
  • Place 1 layer of cake on a cake dish or large plate and spoon cream filling evenly over it.
  • Carefully top with remaining layer.
Chocolate Glaze:
  • 3 tbs water
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla
Directions:
  • Combine water and butter in a small saucepan.
  • Bring to a full boil and remove from heat.
  • Add Cocoa.
  • Stir until mixture leaves side of pan and forms a ball.
  • Beat in 1 cup confectioners sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  • Pour over cake and allow some to drizzle over the side.
  • Serve.
 

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