Daring Bakers: Bostini Cream Pie

Bostini Cream Pie, mini variant

This is my fourth month as a member of the amazing Daring Bakers. The Daring bakers consist of proud women and men that love to bake and are not afraid of baking challenges. The idea of the Daring Bakers is that every month one baking recipe is presented that all members have to follow exactly without any modifications except where specifically allowed. During the month we share our experiences and learn to be better bakers. The recipe, our photos and experiences are then officially posted on a specified day, this time on the 29th of Otober. This month’s challenge is Bostini Cream Pie which consists of a orange chiffon cake served on vanilla custard and then topped with a chocolate glaze. The recipe is from Donna Scala and Kurtis Baguley of Bistro Don Giovanni (in the Napa Valley) and Scala’s Bistro (in San Francisco) and was picked as this month’s challenge by Mary at Alpineberry.

Bostini Cream Pie, mini variant. You can only see the top half of the chiffon cake, as the rest of the cake is in the lovely custard.

I must admit that this month’s challenge has been the most delicious so far, but oh so rich. I already feel much heavier due to the delicous vanilla custard! I halfed the recipe and still got 4 generous servings and 3 mini servings. I’m always nervous when cooking custard but it turned out perfect. The orange chiffon cakes were easy too make. I had some troubles getting them out from the ramekins though, I probably greased the ramekins too little. For the mini variants I cut out hearts with a cookie cutter and for the normal servings I just used the whole cake from each ramekin. The chiffon cakes were very light and fluffy even though they sank quite a lot after they were taken out from the oven. I used a little too bitter chocolate for the chocolate glaze, but actually I think that was good as the dessert might have been too sweet otherwise.

Bostini Cream Pie, mini variant

The verdict is very positive! This is a simple yet delicious dessert, it’s perfect for parties as you can prepare all parts in advance and then just assemble them as the guests are waiting for the dessert. Thanks Mary for this month’s challenge! To see how the other Daring Bakers managed this month’s challenge, go to the Daring Bakers blog roll.

Bostini Cream Pie, regular size. The size of the red casserole is 250 ml.

    Bostini Cream Pie
    (from Donna Scala & Kurtis Baguley of Bistro Don Giovanni and Scala’s Bistro)
    (makes 8 generous servings)

    Custard (Pastry Cream)
    3/4 cup whole milk
    2 3/4 tablespoons cornstarch
    1 whole egg, beaten
    9 egg yolks, beaten
    3 3/4 cups heavy whipping cream
    1/2 vanilla bean (or 1 tsp pure vanilla extract)
    1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar

    Chiffon Cake
    1 1/2 cups cake flour
    3/4 cup superfine sugar
    1 1/3 teaspoons baking powder
    1/3 teaspoon salt
    1/3 cup canola oil
    1/3 cup beaten egg yolks (3 to 4 yolks)
    3/4 cup fresh orange juice
    1 1/2 tablespoons grated orange zest
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    1 cup egg whites (about 8 large)
    1 teaspoon cream of tartar

    Chocolate Glaze
    8 ounces semi or bittersweet chocolate
    8 ounces unsalted butter


    To prepare the custard (pastry cream):
    Combine the milk and cornstarch in a bowl; blend until smooth. Whisk in the whole egg and yolks, beating until smooth. Combine the cream, vanilla bean and sugar in a saucepan and carefully bring to a boil. When the mixture just boils, whisk a ladleful into the egg mixture to temper it, then whisk this back into the cream mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Strain the custard and pour into 8 large custard cups. Refrigerate to chill.

    To prepare the chiffon cakes:
    Preheat the oven to 325°F. Spray 8 molds with nonstick cooking spray. You may use 7-ounce custard cups, ovenproof wide mugs or even large foil cups. Whatever you use should be the same size as the custard cups.

    Sift the cake flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Add the oil, egg yolks, orange juice, zest and vanilla. Stir until smooth, but do not overbeat.

    Beat the egg whites until frothy. Add the cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form. Gently fold the beaten whites into the orange batter. Fill the sprayed molds nearly to the top with the batter.

    Bake approximately 25 minutes, until the cakes bounce back when lightly pressed with your fingertip. Do not overbake. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack. When completely cool, remove the cakes from the molds. Cover the cakes to keep them moist.

    To prepare the glaze:
    Chop the chocolate into small pieces. Place the butter in a saucepan and heat until it is just about to bubble. Remove from the heat; add the chocolate and stir to melt. Pour through a strainer and keep warm.

    To assemble:
    Cut a thin slice from the top of each cake to create a flat surface. Place a cake flat-side down on top of each custard. Cover the tops with warm chocolate glaze. Serve immediately.

Bostini Cream Pie, regular size

73 Responses to “Daring Bakers: Bostini Cream Pie”

  1. Sathya
    October 29th, 2007 01:06

    I love the hearts! They look great and delicious.

  2. Julius
    October 29th, 2007 01:14

    Hi Dagmar,

    Your presentation is beautiful!

    I especially love those 250 mL red casseroles, and I totally agree with you that this dessert is rich and delicious.

    Come and check out my first DB challenge: http://occasionalbaker.blogspot.com

    Julius :)

  3. Molly
    October 29th, 2007 02:23

    Your bostinis are gorgeous!!
    I haven’t assembled mine yet, but they are just round.
    I’ve invited eaters over to critique them this evening.

  4. Courtney
    October 29th, 2007 02:30

    Beautiful Dagmar as always!

  5. Anh
    October 29th, 2007 03:06

    This is so cute! I really love how you presented this dessert!

  6. Rosa
    October 29th, 2007 03:11

    Wow, really gorgeous looking! I love your presentation!



  7. Christina
    October 29th, 2007 03:11

    Very lovely! I like how the heart-shaped cakes float atop the custard — pretty!

  8. Nabeela
    October 29th, 2007 03:18

    Love the presentation…and the custard does sound extremely good!

  9. Deborah
    October 29th, 2007 04:15

    I love the red dishes that you used – the colors compliment each other very well. Beautiful!

  10. Chris
    October 29th, 2007 04:49

    Stunning! I love the hearts. I will have to remember that for Valentine’s Day! Well done.

  11. Lisa
    October 29th, 2007 05:56

    Beautiful photos, Dagmar! I especially love those minis.. too cute!

    I’m so happy to hear you are still having fun =)

    Can’t wait for November’s challenge!


  12. Belinda
    October 29th, 2007 06:09

    What a beautiful presentation, Dagmar! Your photos are gorgeous, and I love the oranges as a backdrop…excellent styling! :-)

  13. brilynn
    October 29th, 2007 06:18

    I love your presentation, the pics are awesome!

  14. kellypea
    October 29th, 2007 08:11

    Your hearts are so cute and I love the red pots. Lovely photos! I agree that the bostinis are very good, but goodness, the calories are unbelievable.

  15. Anne
    October 29th, 2007 08:37

    Beautiful pics! Those bostini’s looks adorable in heart shape :)

  16. baking soda
    October 29th, 2007 09:49

    Love the mini presentation, like you I used one of my miniature casseroles too. Your glaze looks scrumptious!

  17. Pille
    October 29th, 2007 09:52

    I love that you cut the cake into small hearts – very romantic! I agree – the dessert was lovely, but oh so rich! We halved the recipe as well, expecting to get 4 portions, but ended up with many more. Maybe we’ve just got smaller appetites on this part of the world:)

  18. barbichounette
    October 29th, 2007 09:57

    C’est très joli et romantique !!!!

  19. Anne
    October 29th, 2007 10:07

    They look lovely! I agree with everyone, the hearts were perfect! :)

  20. ilva
    October 29th, 2007 11:15

    I love your presentation!

  21. Julie
    October 29th, 2007 12:13

    What lovely pictures, presentation, and description! I love how your hearts just seem to pop from the dish. And I’m in love with all your orange.

  22. Annemarie
    October 29th, 2007 13:38

    Your table cloth and oranges not only co-ordinate with your Bostini, but they’re very Halloween-y, too! The dish looks lovely, and oodles of custard to enjoy with your cake.

  23. Esther
    October 29th, 2007 14:48

    Love the red casserole pots, well I think the mini ones are cute too and it is so rich I think a whole bunch of mini ones is a great idea for a party or similar. I do like your red pots though and have visions of stew with individual dumplings on top in them

  24. marye
    October 29th, 2007 15:37

    beautiful presentation! great job.

  25. laurie
    October 29th, 2007 15:43

    Beauitful! And I agree, would be perfect for a small dinner party. Not too difficult to prepare and looks stunning. Great job!

  26. Sheltie Girl
    October 29th, 2007 15:49

    Your Bostini presentation is delightful. I used a semi-sweet chocolate and I loved the flavor. I’ll have to try a darker chocolate the next time I make this recipe…it sounds delightful.

    Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

  27. laura
    October 29th, 2007 16:40

    Looks fabulous–would be perfect for valentines in the mini plating

  28. Courtney
    October 29th, 2007 16:49

    looks wonderful, would be a great valentines day treat

  29. DaviMack
    October 29th, 2007 17:54

    Your custard is so lovely and white! (Mine went rather greenish, because I did ginger instead of vanilla). Beautiful!

  30. Brittany
    October 29th, 2007 18:12

    Dagmar, these are sooo purty! I am in envy of those adorable little red pots.

  31. Augustina
    October 29th, 2007 18:31

    Beautiful presentation! Great job on your Bostini Cream Pie.

  32. Meeta
    October 29th, 2007 18:55

    Dagmar and exceptional piece of art! I love the way you have served them!

  33. BC
    October 29th, 2007 19:59

    Gorgeous presentation. The mini portions are very elegant.

  34. maria~
    October 29th, 2007 20:45

    Wonderful job, dear Dagmar! Both presentations are lovely.

  35. Jen Yu
    October 29th, 2007 20:56

    Those hearts are so adorable :) Great job. I am also a big fan of tiny servings.

    By the way, I love the kitty on your banner, is it your cat?

  36. Ivonne
    October 29th, 2007 21:18

    Those are so very, very pretty! Beautiful presentation!

  37. Anita
    October 29th, 2007 21:44

    Beautiful job! I love the heart shapes and the presentation!

  38. Maryann@FindingLaDolceVita
    October 29th, 2007 22:07

    I love your presentation. Great job, really :)

  39. April
    October 29th, 2007 22:25

    I love your presentation of minis! I love the first pic that you can see the vanilla beans just perfectly speckled throughout the custard!

  40. Laura
    October 29th, 2007 22:37

    The hearts, the glasses, the beautiful red casseroles! That you enjoyed this challenge really shows!

  41. Andrea
    October 30th, 2007 00:58

    The minis are so pretty! I love how the hearts look like they are floating on a cloud of custard.

  42. breadchick
    October 30th, 2007 01:33

    WOW! Your mini heart cakes in the champagne glasses are gorgeous!! Great job this month!! Yup, I think we ALL are heavier from that wonderful cream…

  43. erin
    October 30th, 2007 01:45

    Your mini’s are beautiful!

  44. Dolores
    October 30th, 2007 01:49

    I look forward to your take on our Daring Baker challenges all month Dagmar; you never fail to surprise, entertain and educate me with your interpretation of the theme. I’m especailly fond of your Bostini hearts!

  45. claire
    October 30th, 2007 02:48

    LOVE you pictures.

  46. Mary
    October 30th, 2007 03:01

    I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the recipe. I love those little red ramekins and your photos are gorgeous. Nicely done.

  47. the chocolate lady (eve)
    October 30th, 2007 04:33

    Oh you did this beautifully! I always love your work!

  48. Denise
    October 30th, 2007 05:44

    Love the different styles you went with! Great shot with the oranges!

    As well I have a whole list of Paris musts … if you send me an email dwoodward20@gmail.com, I would be happy to send to you!

  49. Leslie
    October 30th, 2007 15:49

    The hearts are beyond adorable. Great job!!!!!!

    Leslie at definitely not martha

  50. linda
    October 30th, 2007 17:05

    I love the red casseroles a lot too! And the way the chocolate glaze looks.

  51. Camila
    October 30th, 2007 22:33

    Loved your presentetion! the glass with the hearts.. just looks perfect

  52. Karolina
    October 30th, 2007 23:57

    Jejku jakie śliczne!!! Świetny pomysł z tymi serduszkami, i te czerwone garnuszki też super, pięknie kontrastują z zawartością!!!

  53. Jenny
    October 31st, 2007 01:11

    What wonderful minis! And the little pots look great too!

  54. Michelle
    October 31st, 2007 03:40

    I love the heart cut outs! Great job! :)

  55. Kevin
    October 31st, 2007 03:56

    Your bostini cream pies look really good. the oranges in the background are fitting.

  56. Elle
    October 31st, 2007 06:02

    Great that you show two sizes and such beautiful photos, too. It really is a rich dessert!

  57. johanna
    October 31st, 2007 14:03

    wow what a beautiful presentation! you’re right, it was delicious, but little spoonfuls quite enough… but i’m not a gal to refuse something rich and delicious!

  58. Gloria
    October 31st, 2007 14:55

    Dagmar, I find your recipe sooo beauty!!! Looks wonderful. xxGloria

  59. Adrion
    October 31st, 2007 18:19

    Love the presentation.

  60. Katie B.
    October 31st, 2007 18:32

    Love the teenyweeny bostinis! Great job!

  61. Dharm
    November 1st, 2007 13:02

    Dagmar, the hearts are sooo lovely! Great job on the challenge.

  62. Nora
    November 1st, 2007 22:27

    I have only recently discovered your blog and my oh my I am impressed! You approach intimidating recipes with a playfulness that is refreshing, and the results are whimsical and beautiful.

  63. steph (whisk/spoon)
    November 3rd, 2007 03:37

    love your two presentations! both look beautiful!

  64. Tartelette
    November 3rd, 2007 07:17

    Beautiful as always! I love the casseroles and the minis the best. Glad you liked the challenge, we did too…oh boy did we!!

  65. Wendy
    November 3rd, 2007 07:28

    Love those heart shapes. It is a great glamourous dessert to prepare for a dinner party without too much effort. Your photos are great. Wendy

  66. Inne
    November 3rd, 2007 15:36

    Oooooh, those little heart shapes are just the cutest ever! And I love the little red casseroles as well.

  67. MyKitchenInHalfCups
    November 3rd, 2007 19:50

    If I had to pick between these two, I’d go for the mini just because I know how rich this is but both of your presentation are beautiful. It is always fun to see how different the same recipe comes out for each. I’m still having fun with this too Dagmar.

  68. Frapp
    November 4th, 2007 15:46

    I like how you made them into little hearts…nice touch! Just came across your blog and am definitely adding it to my favourites! Cute cats, a girl after my own heart. Except your cats are probably not the spawn of Satan I’d imagine.

  69. Dagmar
    November 5th, 2007 01:16

    Thank you all for your sweet and kind compliments!!! They made me very happy.

    Jen Yu: The cat on the banner is Bowser, and I have 2 more :-)

    Frapp: Thanks! Normally our cats are kind and sweet, but sometimes I wonder…. :-)

  70. Cheryl
    November 5th, 2007 22:12

    Oh the heart versions are so beautiful. Just the perfect little portion of this very sweet dessert.

  71. Gabi
    November 7th, 2007 03:54

    I guess I know what to make and plate for next Valentine’s Day- the hearts floating in the custard in the cocktail glasses is very romantic! Beautiful work on this challenge!

  72. peabody
    November 7th, 2007 10:35

    The hearts are adorable.

  73. joey
    November 14th, 2007 11:44

    Oh! These are such pretty Bostinis! :)

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