Boston Cream Pie

recipe
This dessert isn't a pie at all; it consists of two layers of sponge cake with a custard filling. It was Boston's Parker House Hotel that crowned this "pie" with its now familiar chocolate topping. (In the more traditional version, powdered sugar is dusted on top.)

Yield:

10 servings

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 269
Caloriesfromfat 26 %
Fat 7.7 g
Satfat 2.6 g
Monofat 3 g
Polyfat 1.5 g
Protein 5.4 g
Carbohydrate 45.2 g
Fiber 0.1 g
Cholesterol 48 mg
Iron 1.7 mg
Sodium 214 mg
Calcium 124 mg

Ingredients

Cooking spray
2 teaspoons cake flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 1/2 tablespoons stick margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg yolk
1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup skim milk
2 large egg whites
3 tablespoons sugar

Preparation

Prepare Vanilla Pastry Cream.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Coat bottom of a 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray. Dust with 2 teaspoons flour; set aside.

Beat 1/2 cup sugar and margarine in a medium bowl at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended (about 5 minutes). Add vanilla and egg yolk, and beat well. Sift together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.

Beat egg whites at high speed of a mixer until foamy using clean dry beaters. Gradually add 3 tablespoons sugar, beating mixture until stiff peaks form. Gently stir one-fourth of egg white mixture into batter. Gently fold in remaining egg white mixture. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

Split cake in half horizontally using a serrated knife; place bottom layer, cut side up, on a serving plate. Spread Vanilla Pastry Cream evenly over bottom layer; top with remaining cake layer. Spread Chocolate Glaze evenly over top. Chill 1 hour or until glaze is set.

September 1997
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