Boston is one of the oldest cities in the US, and its history dates back to the 1600's. I really enjoyed my stay, and found Boston to be a very charming city. I loved the energy and diversity of downtown Boston.
Back to the Boston Cream Pie. It was invented at the Parker House Hotel, in Parker's Restaurant, 1867. It is also the official dessert of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
A Boston cream pie is a round white cake with a layer of vanilla custard or cream in the middle, and topped with a thin layer of chocolate ganache. I had never tried Boston cream pie before, so I decided to order it one morning for breakfast. Yes, I had it delivered to my hotel room for breakfast, and I'm not ashamed of it :)
The verdict? It is now one of my favorite cakes! It is definitely up there with the strawberry shortcake.
Some fun facts about the hotel:
- Ho Chi Minh was a pastry chef at Parker's Restaurant from 1911-1913.
- Malcolm X, then known as Malcolm Little, was a bus boy at Parker's Restaurant in the 1940's.
- John F. Kennedy had his bachelor party at the Parker House Hotel. He also proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier in Parker's Restaurant.
- The Parker House roll was also invented at Parker's Restaurant, and the recipe was kept secret until 1933 when President Franklin Roosevelt requested it.
Here was the lovely view from my hotel room.