Boston Cream Pie {Grain Free, Low Glycemic}

A few years ago, I went to Boston for the very first time.

Well, that’s not entirely true. The first-first time I went to Boston, I was 20 years old and drove a 15 passenger van with a U-Haul trailer through downtown during a baseball game.

It was harrowing.

I was running on four fitful hours of up-right van sleep, and had about zero experience with big city traffic.  Did I mention that the van was full of a bunch of kids my age?  Because it was.  Who thought that was a good idea?  And WHO put me in the driver’s seat and deemed me qualified to navigate through downtown Boston during a Red Sox game while transporting 14 other human lives?  Holy moly, sometimes I’m amazed that I’m alive and haven’t killed anyone.  Anyway, I don’t really count that trip since we didn’t actually stop in the city and I spent most of my time there in a cursing, white-knuckled terror trying my hardest not to explode the world.

So, the second-first time I went to Boston I was about 10 years older, well-rested, traveling solo, and intent on eating  Boston Cream Pie at Bread & Chocolate Bakery.  My delightful New England-y friends, Gwyn and Becky, promised to show me the best Boston had to offer.  Unsurprisingly, we got distracted by other food, namely fresh lobster rolls and a cannoli taste-off between Mike’s and Modern.  (Mike’s won.)  I never got my Boston Cream Pie, but that’s okay.  People make me happy, happier than food.  Most of the time.  And I was also in a sugar-induced coma from the 5 cannoli I ate, so I wouldn’t have enjoyed it anyway.  Much.

I still get a craving for it, though.  It’s also my husband’s very favorite dessert of all time. In fact, while I was gone in Boston, he ate almost an entire Boston Cream Pie by himself over the course of three days.  Because apparently, his sad, missing-me feelings tasted like cake and cream and chocolate.

I’ve adapted the dish for easy-making and consumption.  Dangerous, I know.  Spongy vanilla cake atop a creamy layer of sweet cream cheese, swimming in rich, dark chocolate.  Who needs Boston?  Or a complicated layered dessert?  Or a 15 passenger van?

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Ingredients for cake:

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour, sifted
  • 1  cup coconut palm sugar or erythritol, divided (I prefer to powder mine in a coffee grinder first for easier break down while baking)
  • 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil, melted
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped (Take a knife tip and split the bean open. Using the dull side of the blade, scrape.)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 40 drops Vanilla Stevia liquid, or 1/2 cup coconut sugar or erythritol
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions for cake:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, 1/2 cup erythritol, and baking powder and blend.
  2. Stir together 6 eggs, stevia, vanilla bean, butter, apple cider vinegar, and add to dry ingredients with an electric mixer.
  3. Spread batter into a greased 8×8 glass baking dish.
  4. Cream the remaining 2 eggs, cream cheese, 1/2 cup erythritol, vanilla extract and 20 drops stevia in a bowl.
  5. Pour mixture on top of batter.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 20 minutes.

Chocolate Sauce:
Take 2.5 ounces of super-dark chocolate (80% or more), and melt with 2 Tbsp of butter or coconut oil over your make-shift double boiler.  Sweeten with stevia to taste, and add a Tbsp of heavy cream if you want a more liquid consistency.

Assembly:
Cut pieces of the cake and turn upside down so the cream cheese layer is on the bottom.  Drizzle the chocolate sauce over the top and serve slightly warm.

I never promised that this was low calorie or even healthy.  But in reasonable quantities, it will soothe your cravings and give you something really tasty.

Go Sox!
Carrie