Sep 4, 2009

Toasted Almond Boston Cream Pie

I just made this cake, but I haven't tasted it yet. I am waiting for Dave to come home. It looks delicious though so here is the recipe...

Boston Cream Pie
1/2 cup butter (that’s 1 stick), softened on the counter for 20 minutes or so
1 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk
2 cups cake flour
2 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt

Cream Filling
1/2 cup sugar
4 egg yolks
6 Tbls. flour
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Chocolate Frosting
4 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 Tbls. butter

Toasted Almonds
1 1/2 cups almonds, sliced
1 Tbls. butter
pinch of salt

Boston Cream Pie: Make the cake
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Spray 2 8-inch round cake pans with oil, then line with circles of parchment paper. Set them aside.

Mix butter and sugar, add egg yolks, mix again. Add vanilla and milk and mix. Then add your sifted dry ingredients.

Cream Filling
OK I'll be honest I had to add a hell of a lot more sugar to get it to be thick like pudding/custard, but it does work.
MIX IN A HEAT PROOF BOWL. First mix your egg yolks and sugar until blended. Add milk, mix again, and then add vanilla and dry ingredients.
Put about 3 inches of water in a pot. Bring to a boil. Put your heat proof bowl with custard mix over the top of pot. Whisk constantly until thick.
(I think I added about 12 Tbsp of flour, not the 6 the recipe called for)
When it's thick let cool on your countertop and when room temp. put in fridge and cool completely.

Mix the chocolate topping the same way that you mixed the custard. In a heatproof bowl over a pot of boiling water. When it is melted, let it sit on countertop and thicken a bit.

Assembling the Cake
Put your first cake bottom side up on your serving dish. Pour custard over the top on the flat cake. Put next cake bottom side down on top of that. Spread chocolate frosting over top of the cake. Use the left over custard to spread along the sides of the cake and hurry and stick your almonds to it. :)

If you have any questions let me know. It takes a little while to make the whole thing, but the recipe is semi easy and I'll let you know how it tastes.

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