After requesting Gram’s Hot German Potato Salad recipe, Terry asked if anyone had Gram's Boston Cream Pie recipe, his favorite birthday dessert.
Terry noted that Father once said, "Gram would take that one to the grave”. Terry wondered if Gram did.
Terry recalled how Gram always asked us kids, "What do you want for your birthday dinner"? Then that is what she would make for us. Also you got to sit at the head of the table in Pa's stair. Terry made the point that this treatment kind of made you 'King of the Hill' prior to the TV version.
Found the Boston Creme Pie recipe in Father’s handwritten stack of file cards. There is no reference to Gram on the index card.
3 tblsp. sugar
2 cups milk (divide)
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1 egg, beaten
1 tblsp. vanilla
2 layer cake (below)
1 - Dissolve sugar in 1 1/2 cups milk. Dissolve cornstarch in 1/2 cup milk. Combine mixture.
2 - Add egg to mixture and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick. Add vanilla. Spread between layers of cake. Cover top of cake with chocolate icing.
1/3 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking powder
1 - Cream 1st three ingredients.
2 - Add milk and cream well.
3 - Stir together flour, salt and powder. Add to cream mixture with vanilla.
4 - Grease two 8” cake pans.
5 - Bake 375˚ - 20 - 30 minutes.