If you're at the Marathon this year, check out this fried dough on the street. If not, make your own!
Living in Boston for the better part of the past decade, I have fully embraced the Boston Marathon as a national holiday. I refuse to work that day, but that's never a big deal, because most of the city has the day off too!
My usual tradition is to start the day around 11 a.m. somewhere on Beacon Street in Brookline to cheer on the runners. It's better when I know someone who lives on that street so I can have a home base of sorts.
After around 2pm I start to get restless, so I head out to wander around the city for the next several hours, going to random bars and eating whatever street food I can find.
As you probably know, we had a major tragedy at the Marathon last year. But like many Bostonians, I hope to move forward with the excitement of the day while honoring the history and paying respect to the victims – and not letting last year's events ruin this beautiful tradition.
This Boston Cream Fried Dough is an idea from a well known downtown food cart called Daddy's Fried Dough. It is a bit of a Boston institution, and a delicious treat to end the long marathon of a day with.
If you're in Boston, check them out – if not, now you can make your own!
If you have ever made ice cream, custard, or pudding, making pastry cream will be familiar to you. Warm milk goes into the eggs, then it all goes back onto the stove to thicken up.
Strain it out to get rid of any clumps.
The dough goes into some hot oil.
It puffs right up! Flip it after a few minutes when it browns on the first side.
Golden and delicious.
The chocolate sauce is just chocolate melted with cream.
Then pipe on that amazing pastry cream.
To make the famous Boston cream design, first make a tight spiral, then use a toothpick to make dented lines out from the center.
If you like Boston cream pie or donuts, this fried dough takes those flavors to the next level with the crispy fried dough. I thought I was only going to eat half of this, but no one was looking, and it was so good I ate the whole thing!
Dan Whalen is a proud Bostonian. He has been blogging for over 5 years at The Food In My Beard. check Dan's Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!