Friday, April 10, 2009

Boston Cream Pie


The undauntable Bella created a Boston cream pie--two vanilla sponge cake layers, a pastry cream filling, and a chocolate ganache to pour over the top. I've noticed that she's very much inspired by beautiful food photography in a cookbook. She's something of a concrete thinker, and the pictures make the recipes seem very doable to her.

If you have a child that thinks like this, you might get as much use as we do out of Nigella Lawson's How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking.

26 comments:

Elle said...

Good job, Bella! Looks delish.
I don't have a child who thinks that way- I am the one who does. Must have pretty photos of the food. That's why I like the MS Everyday Food little magazines. And I have the Nigella one as well.

Sharon said...

Oh my! Bella did a wonderful job, it looks divine :) Boston Cream Pie is one of my favorites :)

Very Verdant said...

Looks beautiful and yummy...

Erica from Cooking for Seven said...

I really like that book. And photos are so essential to a good cookbook. Bella's cake looks delicious.

Laura said...

Ooh!
Glossy ganache on a gilded platter!
Comfortably goddess, indeed.

Leah said...

Oh how delicious! That is how I am. I don't like to make ANYTHING without there being a picture of it!

Bethany Hudson said...

Yum! I can relate to Bella's preference for recipes with photos. Though I tend to be very creative in the kitchen and love even working without recipes (let alone pictures), I get much more excited about trying a recipe if there is a pretty picture accompanying it :) I sort of figure, if it was lovely enough on the plate that someone wanted to photograph it, it must be worth trying!
~Bethany

Anonymous said...

My husband and I enjoyed watching Nigella years ago. Anna, you kind of remind me of her now that I think about it! Great job Bella...and what a lovely trip the two of you had. All the Mamas are planning for next school year and I am reminded of all the margin you mentioned having for your little ones (we need a lot of margin and time at home).

with best wishes for a blessed and glorious Easter, Mary-Brooke in Atlanta

Clare Marie-Therese Duroc said...

I'm another one of those who prefers an accompanying picture. It's partly because I feel very much like a novice, and knowing how it's supposed to look gives me something to aim for. I'm also more of a visual learner, and a photo makes me feel like I'm seeing the recipe rather than just 'hearing' it, which is the sense I get from mere instructions.

Bella did a great job; the cream pie is making me feel quite hungry! :)

Lisa said...

Oh yeah. Beings as I grew up in Boston I got a Boston Creme Pie every birthday. With a smiley face made with a banana. Either that or Swedish Princess Torte -- have Bella check that one out and let her go to town!

YayaOrchid said...

I'm curious: what is a concrete thinker? Wonder if I'm one, cause I too need visuals when trying to learn something.

rileyranch said...

Yum! I am very impressed at her baking skills! My daughter loves to bake cookies and has recently started to bake pies!
Happy Easter to you & your family!
~Nadine

Mama Bear said...

Bravo, Bella! Both the pie and the photo look wonderful.

I too, love how beautiful food can look in magazines and cookbooks. That's how I came to realize that being in the kitchen was definitely my passion. I love photographing the food I make and am always challenging myself both with cooking and baking as well as the photography!

Bella definitely has a talent!

Tracy said...

Mmmmmm, yum! I love my Australian Women's Weekly cookbooks, because every recipe is pictured. Like Bella, pictures inspire me before words in a recipe do.

KinaBolina said...

I am salivating...it looks delicious! Does Bella want to take a trip out to Washington and bake for me? :)
xoxo KB

Sarah Jane said...

How wonderful that looks! I'm sitting here having not had breakfast yet and am suddenly in the mood for Boston Cream Pie - which isn't good since I'm trying to eat healthier. :)

I might have to try something like this for Easter dessert, though. It looks sooooo good!

Lora said...

How yummy~Boston cream pie is one of my all-time fave desserts! Looks like Bella did a wonderful job!

Lisateresa said...

Yes, years ago when I wanted to learn how to garden I benefited greatly from the gorgeous photos in Martha Stewart's big gardening book, and it's still an inspira-
tion. Have you seen her (fairly new) cookie book? Speaking of photos, the table of contents has photographs of each cookie - talk about inspiring! Check it out.

Julie said...

This is my favorite cookbook--I think all the recipes are very easy and always turn out elegant and yummy!

Rebekah said...

I think Nigella's got nothing on your Bella! Delectable!

Wendy said...

She is quite a talent in the kitchen! I'm over three times her age, and I shy away from making pastry cream. Well done, Miss Bella!

(Oh, and I love that cookbook too!)

AnnaVallance said...

That is one of my favourite desserts.
Way to go, Bella. It looks great.

Tracy said...

Yum!

Margo said...

looks sooooo good! I haven't had Boston Cream Pie for ages and now I think I'll check that cookbook out from the library and have at it. If Bella can, I can. . .

An Adventurer in the World said...

lovely to watch Bella come into her own,

deb meyers

Bev said...

I ordered it for me! Looks delicious to work my way through it, although I may also need to buy a pilates tape to go with, to burn off a few of the calories that will come with it.

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