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Boston Cream Pie Fried Dough

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Boston Cream Pie Fried Dough
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 20 min
  • Servings 3
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Boston Cream Pie Fried Dough

An incredible mix of chocolate ganache and pastry cream on top of a fried round of pizza dough.



egg yolks
cup sugar
cup cornstarch
2 1/4
cups milk
teaspoons vanilla extract
tablespoons butter
pinch salt


ounces dark chocolate
cup heavy cream
tablespoon butter


Pizza dough
Oil for frying


  • 1 Make the pastry cream: Beat the yolks and egg with the sugar and cornstarch until lightened and fluffy. Heat the milk to a simmer and remove from heat. Stream the milk into the egg mixture while whisking. Bring the whole mixture to a simmer, whisking constantly. You will see it thicken. Remove from heat, add the vanilla, butter and salt, and strain through a mesh strainer to remove any clumps. Cover with plastic wrap right on the surface of the mixture to avoid a skin forming. Chill for 4 hours.
  • 2 Make the ganache: Mix the chocolate, cream and butter in a bowl and microwave for 20 seconds. Stir and repeat until smooth. Do NOT microwave too long, and stir it a lot after each interval of heating – the chocolate will melt pretty quickly and still stir smooth. If the chocolate seems too thin or thick, add more chocolate or cream to balance it out.
  • 3 Fry the dough: Put an inch of oil into a pan and bring it to 350ºF. Form one round from the pizza dough. Fry on both sides for about 2 minutes each until browned and cooked through. Repeat with other rounds.
  • 4 Top the dough: Spoon on the chocolate onto the dough, then with a piping bag, make a spiral with the pastry cream. Use a toothpick to make dents in the cream, moving from the center to the edges to form the iconic Boston cream design.
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Honor the tradition of the Boston Marathon with this amazing Boston street treat, Boston Cream Pie Fried Dough.

As prepared by The Food in my Beard,

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!


Boston Cream Pie Fried Dough

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.


Boston Cream Pie Fried Dough

Strain it out to get rid of any clumps.


Boston Cream Pie Fried Dough

The dough goes into some hot oil.


Boston Cream Pie Fried Dough

It puffs right up! Flip it after a few minutes when it browns on the first side.


Boston Cream Pie Fried Dough

Golden and delicious.


Boston Cream Pie Fried Dough

The chocolate sauce is just chocolate melted with cream.


Boston Cream Pie Fried Dough

Then pipe on that amazing pastry cream.


Boston Cream Pie Fried Dough

To make the famous Boston cream design, first make a tight spiral, then use a toothpick to make dented lines out from the center.


Boston Cream Pie Fried Dough

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 Beardcheck Dan's Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!

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