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Public Library of Brookline - Coolidge Corner

31 Pleasant Street

Brookline, MA 02446

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Boston Cream Pie. Massachusetts’s state dessert. Not a pie at all, in fact, but two light-as-air sponge cake layers sandwiching a rich and delicate pastry cream, and topped with a thin glaze of chocolate. When made properly, the dessert seems to defy all laws of gravity.

As the story goes, the simultaneously simple and decadent cake was invented by a chef from Parker House Restaurant in Boston, Massachusetts in preparation for the restaurant’s 1856 grand opening. True of nearly every food-related origin story, there is much debate surrounding the question: where did the Boston Cream Pie come from? No matter which story you believe, it is hard to argue the Boston Cream Pie’s position as a quintessential New England dessert. Over the years, it has inspired a seemingly endless number of variations from donuts to an ice cream flavor to a local spin on beer. It’s easy to see that the Boston Cream Pie has come a long way since its debut.

Join us on Pi(e) Day at the Public Library of Brookline to learn about the history and evolution of the Boston Cream Pie, and come prepared to sample a few from local eateries!

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Part of the Brookline Eats! series.

Supported by a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation. Generously sponsored by the Friends and Trustees of the Brookline Library.

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