|Obviously there's an art to cutting this cake so it still looks pretty.|
I LOVE Boston Cream Pie, but it's pretty much impossible to find a good one commercially. Most use a cornstarch-based filling, and I don't know what that brown glaze is that bakeries are using these days that they pretend is chocolate, but it's awful. Consequently, if I want Boston Cream Pie, or a chocolate eclair, or even a chocolate glazed doughnut, I'll be making it myself.
Fast forward to the February baking challenge! Happy happy!!
The King Arthur cake recipe doesn't include a recipe for the filling. The hunt for a pastry cream recipe revealed that there is a lot of variation, mostly in the number of eggs, but also in the amount of flour, corn starch, sugar and butter. So, pretty much everything. And then the reviews were all over the board as well, everything from "This is my go-to recipe" to "This was inedible!" The ones that confused me were when they stated that the recipe was nothing more than vanilla pudding. And that made me wonder, "What IS the difference?" I really didn't know what I should be looking for. I had finally settled on one in Joy of Baking because that's a dependable brand, when I happened upon one from King Arthur themselves. With their own recipe on their web site, I had to wonder why their cake recipe suggests their packaged product or sends you searching for your own recipe. Did they forget they had it? Anyway, I decided to go King Arthur all the way and used their recipe.
The pastry cream was very easy and delicious, mildly sweet and heavily vanilla, like the best French vanilla ice cream. The recipe makes 3 cups and I needed only 1.5, so I halved it, and that would have required 2 large egg yolks. The Joy recipe called for 3 yolks, which clued me in that a little more egg wasn't going to hurt anything. The cage free eggs I buy, though labeled "large", usually run pretty small, so I decided to use 3. Other than that, I followed the recipe as written.
|Is this what you'd call "deep golden brown"?|
I was concerned about the usual problem I have with things browning too deeply on the bottom, so I had put a pan used to catch drips from pies under the cake pan. Good thing, too, because it did leak a little. Otherwise, the cake came out nicely.
|This looks like a milk chocolate glaze, but it's just the photo.|
I could hardly wait to try the final product. It's been ages since I've had Boston Cream Pie. It turns out I could have held off on those last 10 minutes of baking. The cake is crispy on the outside, which isn't a problem other than it resists the knife and causes it to squish down when I cut it.
Conclusion: I would definitely make this again. It's a little time-consuming, with three separate components, but they don't all have to be done the same day. The cake could probably be made well in advance and frozen. The pastry cream can be made a few days in advance. The glaze could probably be made in advance and warmed before drizzling it on.
|I had two slices. Immediately. :)|
Recipes: Boston Cream Pie and pastry cream, both via King Arthur Flour