On Sunday afternoon, I was listening to Leonard Cohen and baking a Boston Creme Pie. Beantown was on my mind last week—starting with the explosions on Marathon Monday and ending with the manhunt that caused an unprecedented, citywide shutdown. We had friends and family running and watching the marathon that day. While I was confident they would all be okay, we had some tense moments waiting to know for sure.
According to an article from yesterday’s Washington Post, the Greater Lowell region—where we lived before moving to Switzerland—was hit hard by the terrible events in Boston. If you would like to make a donation to help those most affected by this tragedy, Boston Mayor Menino and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick have established The One Fund. Or, you can make donations directly to those in need, as we have done for Celeste and Sydney Corcoran, a mother and daughter badly injured by the explosions.
When bad things happen, I often seek out opportunities to cook and bake. Situations like these can make you feel helpless, but you can always bake a cake for your family, friends or neighbors who may need support or just some general cheering up. So, when Nordic Ware posted on Facebook recently about making a Boston Creme Pie to honor its namesake city, I decided to try an allergy-friendly version.
We ate the original Boston Creme Pie almost a year ago at Parker’s Restaurant in Boston when my mother was visiting us from Minnesota. I remember it as a light and fluffy cake with just the right balance of delicious creme filling and chocolate frosting. Their recipe calls for seven eggs, along with lots of butter, cream and toasted almonds—ingredients we avoid these days because of our little guy’s allergies.
To create a safe version of this famous dessert for my family, I modified an allergy-friendly recipe I found online. Even though the pastry creme in the middle didn’t achieve the fluffiness I had hoped for, the finished product still resembles the real thing in taste (and hopefully a little in appearance too?!).
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. My husband is back home after spending all of last week on a work trip. While we’re thankful to be together again as a family, our thoughts are with everyone affected by the tragic events in Boston last week. Be Strong Boston!