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JAN VAN HEE'S UNFORGETTABLE BOSTON CREAM PIE

Instead of the more traditional sponge cake, Jan prefers to use a homemade yellow cake recipe,
using vanilla instead of the more typical lemon juice. She also uses four layers instead of the usual
two, which makes it even more spectacular when served to admiring guests.

Boston Cream Pie
Prepare l large box of vanilla pudding according to directions for pie filling. Refrigerate. Add sliced
bananas, if desired, before assembling the pie together.

Homemade Yellow Cake
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
    1 ½ cups sugar
    2 ½ tsp vanilla
    3 eggs
    1 1/3 cups buttermilk or sour milk
    3 cups flour
    3 teaspoons baking powder

Beat butter and sugar together in a bowl until fluffy. Add vanilla and then add eggs one at a time,
beating well after each addition, scraping the sides constantly. Add buttermilk, and beat well. Sift dry
ingredients together in a bowl. Add to butter mixture slowly, mixing well.

Pour into two well greased and floured 9 inch round pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
Cake is done when toothpick inserted into the center comes our clean. Cool completely.

Chocolate Glaze
Jan normally uses cocoa instead of melted chocolate squares. She also alternates adding powdered
sugar, cocoa and milk, mixing until she has the amount and consistency she wants. She also prefers
the glaze to be thin enough to pour over the top and let it run down the sides, but not so thin that it
won't adhere to the sides or run off the plate. Ingredients:
    2 cups powdered sugar
    3 Tbsp cocoa or 1 square (1 ounce) melted unsweetened chocolate
    (Cocoa should be added to sugar before adding liquids; chocolate after)
    2 Tablespoons milk (add gradually, stirring while you add)
    1 teaspoon vanilla

Putting the Boston Cream Pie Together
Split each cake layer in half (sideways), then place the top half of one layer with top down on plate.
Cover with vanilla pudding (with bananas added to the pudding). Stack the other half of the layer on
top, then add another layer of pudding. Drizzle with a little of the glaze. Place bottom half of next layer
on top, add another layer of pudding, then add  the top cake layer. Pour chocolate glaze over top and
let it run down the sides. After the glaze sets slightly, decorate with banana slices, if desired.

Some also decorate with sliced strawberries or other fruit. If you prefer to serve it more like the
original Parker House in Boston, sprinkle confectioner's sugar over the top and add a maraschino
cherry.

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