National Bavarian Cream Pie Day falls on November 27, 2017. While you might be over pie after possibly eating too much of it over the Thanksgiving holiday, National Bavarian Cream Pie day is here to encourage you to indulge some more.
Bavarian cream pie is a chilled dessert made with a cooked egg custard layered with whipped cream and toppings in a pie shell. Bavarian cream was originally a French or German cold dessert of egg custard stiffened with gelatin, mixed with whipped cream or sometimes fruits or other flavors and then it’s set in a mold or used as a filling for cakes and pastries.
The first true Bavarian creams first appeared in the U.S. in Boston Cooking School cookbooks in 1994 and The Fannie Farmer Cookbook, published in 1896, offers a Bavarian Cream.
Here’s what you need to know about National Bavarian Cream Pie Day 2017:
1. Cream Pie Has Been Around Since the Middle Ages
Bavarian cream, the main ingredient in Bavarian cream pie, was included in the repertoire of chef Marie-Antoine Careme. The dessert was named in the early 19th century for Bavaria, or, perhaps for a particularly distinguished visiting Bavarian, though there is no actual information on where the cream came from. It is likely that French chefs working for Bavarians came up with the recipe for the pie.
The theory around the origin of Bavarian cream is that it originated in the 17th or 18th centuries. In this time, many French chefs worked at the court of the Wittelsbach princes, a German family that ruled Bavaria from the 12th century to 1918. Those chefs included Marie-Antoine Careme, who is credited with the invention of Bavarian cream.
French Chef August Escoffier declared that “Creme Bavorois,” another word for Bavarian cream, should actually be called moscovite because of the way it was prepared prior to refrigeration.
2. Before Refrigeration Was Invented, Bavarian Cream Was a Triumph
Bavarian cream is made by mixing ingredients together and pouring them into a mold, and then refrigerating those until they are chilled and set. Prior to the invention of the refrigerator, it was hard to create the dessert. Chefs had to use ice and a “hermetically sealed” container.
Hermetically sealed is another way of saying that the container is airtight. In the 18th and 19th centuries, chefs would mix up their ingredients, place them in an airtight container and place the entire container in a bucket of salted, crushed ice.
Chefs that created the Bavarian cream likely had access to the best cooking utensils available at the time, since they were employed by a family of Bavarian princes.
3. The Pies Come in a Variety of Flavors
Though classic Bavarian cream pies are popular, there are also other recipes that are popular throughout the United States and elsewhere. The Old-Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie is one popular type of pie, followed by vanilla, chocolate and banana.
Some people choose to be more creative with their pie recipes. There are recipes for glazed apple cream pie, sour cream pear pie and s’more cream pies available.
Bavarian Cream pies are classic no-bake desserts, making them a popular choice. Most recipes call for heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract along with milk.
4. You Can Also Celebrate By Having a Donut
While donuts aren’t all made with classic Bavarian cream, the donuts that are made with cream are an homage to the original cream treats. There is also a Bavarian Dessert Pizza sold at Cici’s pizza. The dessert pizza crust is topped with Bavarian cream, sweet crumb topping and then drizzled with icing.
There are a lot of recipes out there for Bavarian cream donuts, and you can sometimes find them at places like Dunkin Donuts, though the chain seems to have discontinued their Bavarian Cream donut in 2012.
There is also a way for vegans to enjoy Bavarian cream donuts. The vegan essentials store sells Vegan Bavarian Cream Filled Donuts that you can buy online here. The donuts are baked by Larson Bakery and shipped to the provided address.
5. Bavarian Cream is Not the Same as Boston Cream
Though the difference between Bavarian cream and Boston cream may be subtle, the deserts are different. The biggest difference between the two creams is that Bavarian cream is a dessert by itself. Boston cream, on the other hand, is used as a filling in pies, pastries and donuts.
The desserts also have different ingredients. Bavarian cream uses gelatine as the setting agent while Boston cream uses cornstarch. This also leads to Bavarian cream being more solid in texture while Boston cream takes on a creamy nature.
Bavarian cream is made with heavy cream and whipped cream and is usually served with fruit puree or another fruit sauce. Boston cream is made with milk and eggs, sort of like a custard, and it is usually served with chocolate.