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National Pie Day is Jan 23. Do you need another excuse to eat pie?

Posted by Sheryl Julian  January 20, 2011 03:58 PM

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bostoncreampie.jpgThis is the Boston Cream Pie served at Parker's Restaurant, in the Omni Parker House. Tomorrow through Sunday, a portion of the proceeds from the pie will go to the Charlestown Club, part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston.

If you go to the hotel tomorrow, you can get a slice of the pie, on the house, in the lobby.

Boston Cream Pie made the old-fashioned way, isn't as pretty as this picture. It's a two-layer cake sandwiched with custard and topped with chocolate. The pie was invented at the Parker House in the mid-19th century, when it was sponge cake filled with custard, and drizzled with chocolate.

I'm going to retest a recipe I like to make and post it soon. If you don't get to the Parker House, here's a recipe from Flo Braker, one of my favorite cooks, to tide you over.  

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