Daring Bakers – Bostini cream pie

Happy to share with you my first Daring Bakers challenge…Bostini cream pie! Not that I had ever heard of Bostini cream pie or Boston cream pie for that matter. Apparently it is a creamy custard topped with orange chiffon which in turn is topped with chocolate glaze. Mary at Alpineberry was responsible for this months challenge. You can read all about the how and why here. For all the other Bostini’s check out the Daring Baker’s blogroll.

After reading the recipe it seemed to be pretty simple to make and it was just that. Everything worked out as it should. The only thing in the recipe that was a bit odd was the fact that 1/3 cup of egg yolks should be 3-4 yolks and 1 cup of egg whites should be 8 large ones. I was curious if that was the case so I counted them, it took 4 egg yolks to fill the 1/3 cup (so far so good). So you would think I had medium or even small eggs…right? But when I counted the egg whites that went into the cup it was 6! and not 8. Not that it’s really important but thought I’d mention it anyway 😉

I scaled down the custard and chocolate glaze to 1/3 of the recipe. The recipe for the orange chiffon cake I didn’t scale down because I wanted to use it to make this cake (still have more in the freezer so I’m thinking petit fours…).

I didn’t really like the orange chiffon on its own. The first reason because it is made with oil instead of butter. I have problems with not using butter, had to restrain myself not to substitute the oil for butter….but Mary said we couldn’t so I didn’t. The second reason why I didn’t like the chiffon that much was that the air bubbles in the cake were too coarse for my liking. The orange taste was very good though.
The custard was beyond rich, it was very very rich. Tasty but rich. I honestly thought I wouldn’t be able to eat a complete portion of Bostini Cream pie but combined with the chiffon it didn’t seem heavy anymore. And the lack of butter in the chiffon was compensated by the cream. I didn’t think the chocolate combined that well with the rest. I used chocolate with 70% cocoa so maybe that’s the reason why.
All in all the Bostini cream pie was good, especially the combination of the creamy custard and orange taste of the chiffon cake. But that said, I wouldn’t make it again.

Click here for the recipe.

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34 Responses to Daring Bakers – Bostini cream pie

  1. Deborah says:

    Great job on your first challenge. Your presentation is wonderful!

  2. laurie says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! It looks simply perfect. Wonderful job!

  3. breadchick says:

    Great job on your first challenge. Love the square glass presentation!!!

  4. Patricia says:

    I have never heard of this recipe but I can tell I want to give it a try – it looks yummy!

  5. April says:

    Congrats on your completing your first challenge! It looks great!

  6. Katie says:

    I love how you plated. It’s so steamline and clean. Almost too pretty to stick a spoon in. Almost…

  7. Sheltie Girl says:

    You did a fabulous job on your bostini. I love your presentation.

    Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

  8. Jen Yu says:

    Totally cute in that little shot glass! Great job on the bostini.

  9. Lisa says:

    Beautiful Bostini, Linda! I love the perfect layers in that glass… just gorgeous!

    I’m glad you found more use for all that cake too!

    Welcome to the Daring Bakers!


  10. Andrea says:

    Your Bostini looks so yummy, and it’s beautifully presented. Congrats on your first challenge, and welcome to the Daring Bakers!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Perfect layers! Great job.

  12. Christina says:

    Great choice of glass, it really shows off the layers.

    I agree about the chocolate. While I usually prefer a chocolate with a high cacao percentage, the one I used seemed to not meld that well with the rest.

  13. Dagmar says:

    Welcome to the daring bakers! I love the presentation, the bostini looks really yummy!

  14. Ivonne says:

    Is that a thing of beauty or what, Linda! Your bostinis are gorgeous … so happy that you’re a Daring Baker!

  15. Rosa says:

    Congratulations on your first challenge! This Bostoni looks gorgeous! Great job!



  16. Tartelette says:

    Gorgeous post and pictures. Looks like we both had the same idea for the square glasses! Congrats on yur first challenge.

  17. Mary says:

    You did a fabulous job with your first DB challenge. The square glasses are a nice touch.

  18. Annemare says:

    Your bostini is *very* nice and even-looking – I’m impressed you were able to keep the glass so clean! I’m also impressed with your very good math skills; halving a recipe I can do, reducing it by thirds is danger territory.

  19. That first photo looks like a mirror cake! Wonderful Bostini.
    I really love the star cake you used for the “leftovers”.
    Yes, this was really too rich for my tastes but still an excellent challenge.
    You came through with flying bostini. Welcome Linda.

  20. maria~ says:

    Such beautiful presentation! Gosh, how did you get the layers so even and neat? Looks droolworthy!

  21. Anne says:

    you did a fabulous job! it looks so elegant and decadent in a square glass. Glad you joined the DB 🙂

  22. johanna says:

    bostinis in a shot glass… we seem to be on the same wavelength with desserts in amuse-bouche format! yous look great, I can’t believe you managaed to make them look so neat!

  23. Julie says:

    You did a beautiful plating on the dessert! Congratulations on your first challenge! I hope there’s more for you to like in the next challenge!

  24. linda says:

    🙂 thanks everyone!
    btw it was not a shot glass but a whiskey glass that I used…

  25. DaviMack says:

    I think you’re probably right about the chocolate – I used a really dark chocolate, but only because 1) that’s what I had on hand, and 2) the custard & cake pieces seemed to really need something really dark to offset them.

    Looks great, though!

  26. Baking Soda says:

    I used 70% dark chocolate as well and wasn’t too happy with it, maybe you’re right. I just love your layers! So pretty!

  27. Inne says:

    Even though you’re not a bostini convert, Adriana, yours looks absolutely perfect! Love the layers in the square glass.

  28. such a beautiful, clean presentation!

  29. Amy says:

    Sorry to hear you didn’t like it that much but it looks beautiful! Great job!

  30. Jenny says:

    Lovely pictures!

  31. Dolores says:

    I am with the others before me, you’ve presented your Bostini with beautiful simple clean lines. Congratulations on your first challenge, and welcome to the group!

  32. Gabi says:

    Lovely, lovely presentation photo!
    Nice job!!

  33. peabody says:

    Your layering is just so perfect!

  34. This was not what I had in mind for the November edition of SHF. But if plan A fails, plan B just has to do. When I read that Leslie at ‘definitely not martha’ wanted to see beta carotene packed recipes I thought I had the ultimate recipe, nice and sw

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