What is Boston cream? Well it is pastry cream or creme patissiere in French. It’s a silky custard made from egg yolks and sugar most often flavored with vanilla. You should definitely refrigerate Boston Cream Pie. The pastry cream is highly perishable and will go bad if left out at room temperature for more than an hour or two and it will soften and not be able to support the heavy ganache on top especially after you’ve started cutting into it. The Boston cream (pie) doughnut or donut is a round, solid, yeast-risen doughnut with chocolate frosting and a custard filling, resulting in a miniature doughnut version of the Boston cream pie.
Even though it originated in the New England area and remains hugely popular there, it has spread throughout. Tim Hortons is famous for their Boston cream donuts which are paired well with a nice hot coffee. Infact a ‘Double-Double’ and a Boston Cream doughnut were Canada’s favourite Tim Hortons items of 2020. The Boston Cream was the top Tim Hortons doughnut across the Atlantic provinces. But it also ranked a very close second in the rest of the country—which pushed it into the top slot overall.
Dunkin Donuts also have a really popular Boston Cream donut. When people go into a Dunkin and are thirsting for a cold frappe on a hot summer’s day or if it’s cold you want a latte, your eyes soon go to the donuts section and most thought this was the best of the filled-donut category. It definitely gives you the chocolate-custardy flavor of the classic Beantown dessert. My only chance in getting a Boston Cream donut was at the Dunkin in New Delhi and it was delicious.
So I don’t believe in ghosts but when I was a kid I did get scared easily. As a kid horror movies that my family watched (Evil Dead, Basketcase, The Omen, Friday The 13th etc) scared the crap outta my pre-teen self. Heck, the first two movies I watched (I say watched but it was more like hiding behind the sofa and peeking at the screen) was at age 4 or 5! By the time I was 10 I had watched the other two as well. And it was common among us kids to try and scare each other using the characters in the movies.
So one of my cousins had this habit of trying to scare the rest of us. He would say that some boogey man would come and kill us and he would try to get us going by just saying “Friday! Friday! Friday” in as dramatic as way as possible on Friday nights. Well one Friday night he kept saying this while he was at my home and scaring me – and would you believe it, the power went out and he got scared too and we ran and locked ourselves in the bathroom! There was thunder and lightning and the power got knocked off!
Another time in my house and another cousin and I had watched The Omen a few days ago. We were discussing the movie and about how we didn’t believe that it was possible to happen in reality. I was about 8 or 9 years old and my cousin is 2.5 years older than me. Once again we lost power and it was very late in the night and so we finally fell asleep. At around 4 am my cousin woke up and saw 4 small flames of fire moving on the street. He couldn’t see anything else or anyone else. He got scared and woke me up. Sleepy me looked out the windows and I saw the same thing.
We got very, very scared and pulled the covers over us and tried to go back to sleep. When we woke up and told this to the adults in the house, they informed us that it was a temple procession for a festival that was being done in the temple near my house. In the dark only the fire from the wick of the small lamps that they (it was a few women) carried by hand was visible which made it look like just four flames moving in the distance. Boy did we feel silly.