Bavarian cream is a dessert consisting of a custard thickened with gelatin and blended with whipped cream. Pour said custard in a piecrust, and you have yourself a Bavarian cream pie. Of course, few people stop there. You can find Bavarian cream pies of any imaginable flavor—vanilla, chocolate, coconut, lemon, and so on—and with a wide variety of toppings and other layers of sugary goodness. Needless to say, I’d gravitate toward a recipe involving at least some chocolate, but it’s National Bavarian Cream Pie Day, so you should feel free to bake, buy, or eat whatever form of Bavarian cream pie pleases you. As usual, I must point out that the nation implied by the word “national” is not the nation where Bavaria is located (namely, Germany), but if you happen to be in Bavaria, I’m sure you have no shortage of dessert options.
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