October 23, 2012

National Boston Cream Pie Day

"I got a fan letter on the back of a prison menu. And I remember thinking, Well, they get pie. It's not so bad. They get pie on the weekends. I want to say blueberry and also a Boston cream pie. Not so bad." - Tina Fey

It's National Boston Cream Pie Day!

Boston cream pie was first created in 1856 at the Parker House Hotel in Boston. Fast-forward 140 years, and this humble pie beat out the Toll House Cookie to became the official dessert of Massachusetts thanks to a bill a civics class from Norton High School sponsored. Boston cream pie, which isn't a pie at all - it's a cake, is made from two round layers of sponge cake, filled with a creamy custard, and frosted with a thick chocolate glaze. While there's nothing particularly unique about the combination of ingredients, it's one wicked awesome dessert, bub!

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

There are so many ways to celebrate today now that the flavors of a Boston cream pie are in just about everything from coffee to ice cream. I could have made one from scratch, I suppose. But if it came out less than perfect, I would have been disappointed. So I went to my local grocer, bought one (along with a pint of strawberries to go with it) I know is excellent, went home and ate until it hurt.

Sometimes pie really is better than cake (especially when it's the exact same thing).

Happy National Boston Cream Pie Day!