Tuesday, February 08, 2011

TWD—No Bourbon Bread Pudding here, but Boston Cream pie and French Silk Pie (with Dorie’s Good For Almost Everything Pie Dough)

Sorry I didn’t make this week’s chosen TWD recipe for Bourbon Bread Pudding (Sharon at Simply Southern will have the recipe on her blog).  We don’t “do” alcohol here and all the times I’ve made bread pudding, no one really likes it, so I opted out of this one. 

Our friend, Bob, had a birthday this weekend and he made a request for Boston Cream Pie for his cake.  I decided on a Martha Stewart Boston Cream Pie.  I followed her recipe exactly for the cake and the ganache, but went with a simple filling for the “custard” in the center. 


I didn’t feel like making a custard/filling with eggs, so I just made a quick pudding filling.

French Vanilla Cream Filling

1 box (4 servings) French vanilla instant pudding

1 cup 2% milk

1 cup heavy cream

Beat pudding mix, milk and cream in an electric mixer fitted with wire attachment for 2-3 minutes.  Scrape sides of bowl once during mixing.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

The cake was great, the filling simple and good and the ganache—divine.  And I only took one bite of Kevin’s piece of cake.   We took the cake (along with the French Silk Pie) to Bob’s place where we shared it with a bunch of people from his apartment complex.  So I didn’t get very good pictures of it.  And the funny thing is, the table in the rec room where we served the cake still had a lovely vinyl Christmas tablecloth on it.  Really made for some lovely pictures. ;)


The ganache had hardened significantly in the 45 minute drive to Bob’s place.  But it was still good!


It’s the Birthday Boy!


That’s a great birthday crown, Bob!   Just for fun, I also decided to make Bob a French Silk Pie because I know he really likes it and I wanted to make sure there was enough birthday dessert for everyone.

Now I did play the TWD card because I used Dorie’s Good For Almost Everything Pie Dough for the French Silk Pie.  I made this same French Silk Pie for Thanksgiving.  This recipe is from Paula’s blog, Salad in a Jar.  The only change I made to the recipe was that I used superfine sugar instead of regular granulated sugar.  I have found that it works great to ensure a non-grainy silk pie.  The recipe has just the right amount of chocolate. 

Here’s the pie from Thanksgiving—the only picture I took of it.  It was devoured by as many of the 60 people we had over could get a slice.  I think Taylor had two pieces.  He says it’s his favorite thing. 


And here’s the pie from Bob’s birthday this past weekend.  (Again, not very good pictures of it, but the bite I had of it was GREAT!)



Dorie’s pie crust IS good for almost everything.


Hope it was a yummy birthday, Bob!  (Not to mention all the cookies I gave him for stock in his freezer.  Thanks for taking those off my hands, out of my mouth.)

You can check out other TWD Bourbon Bread Pudding desserts if you’d like.  And remember you can get the recipe from Sharon’s blog.  Or buy the book.


Lisa said...

What a sweet birthday. He's lucky to have someone like you to make so many delicious desserts to celebrate.

Kayte said...

Cute crown and very fun pies. I opted out of the whole bread pudding thing as well...we are not fans either. And I did a rewind pie that I had skipped before due to busy schedule (or some such lame excuse at the time) because it is National Pie Month and all. Yours look great...you are so good with that piping bag!

Caroline said...

Two of my favorite desserts - that Boston Cream Pie looks so much better than anything I've ever gotten at the store! The filling looks killer!

Lisa Ernst said...

You've been at it again -- mouth watering chocolate treats! The cake and pie both look fabulous and I especially want a slice of the French Silk right now. Can't believe you can only take one bite of each. :-)

Fallon said...

That is a nice pie crust! The pies look delicious.

Flourchild said...

Can you just move next door to me! I would be your BFF!! YOur food looks amazingly good...love it!! Happy Birthday to the Birthday boy!!

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

Great post! I'd love to receive all of those yummy treats for my birthday! :)

Paula said...

Seeing that French Silk pie makes me really want some. Have never tried it with a different crust but yours looks very good.

Bella Baker said...

that boston cream pie cake looks amazing!!! Bob must have been happy! Love that you watch The Bachelor! I do like Chantel O...I guess I was a little shocked that she told him she loved him...I cant wait for next week!!!

Anonymous said...

those treats look delicious! i'm glad to see some french silk pie; i've been perusing recipes and this one looks great. keep up the delicious work! (and i agree- taking a bite and sharing is just as fulfilling as eating!)

briarrose said...

Love the birthday boy pic! ;) The treats look just wonderful.

Jaime said...

mmmm looks delicious. i opted out this week too.

hey you wouldn't by chance happen to have a sugar free turtle-ish (caramel, nuts, etc) pie recipe would you? i saw it on *someone's* blog a while ago and did not bookmark it and now for the life of me i can't remember which blog it was on LOL

Megan said...

Both of these pies looks delicious! especially that silk pie. Bob is one lucky guy.

Happy Birthday Bob! :)

Tia said...

wow - ive wanted to make that boston cream pie for a long time. your pics are even MORE inspiration for me!

Granny Jacque said...

That sure looks good. My birthday is March 10. I bet those ship well? Just saying! Dad

Cindy said...

Wow! You make one beautiful birthday cake! Your quick filling is what I used for years. Till I met Dorie. I did use it recently in some homemade cream puffs. With a drizzle of ganache they were wonderful.

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine said...

now this looks totally over the top amazing!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Wow your Boston Cream Pie came out stunning! The birthday boy sure looks happy! :-)

Lauren's Latest said...

I'd be happy with either of those desserts!

Eliana said...

Whoa - These both look so yummy. Wish I could have a slice of each right now.

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday to the Birthday boy. Those look like awesome treats, some that'd make my day, for sure. Especially that boston creme pie!