NEW YORK CITY, NY - APRIL 19: Ina Garten attends New York WOMEN IN COMMUNICATIONS Presents The 2010 MATRIX AWARDS at Waldorf Astoria on April 19, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by EUGENE MIM/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

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Ina Garten Reveals The Hardest Recipe She's Ever Created
Ina Garten is the queen of home cooking, with 12 cookbooks, 28 seasons of her cooking show “Barefoot Contessa,” and a new television venture, “Be My Guest,” under her belt. Although she is a connoisseur of all types of food, the hardest recipe Garten’s ever had to create is the classic dessert, Boston Cream Pie.
Garten told New York Times editor Emily Moskin, "Boston cream pie seems like the simplest thing in the world. It's white cake, a pastry cream filling, and chocolate ganache." She continued, "I would get each one of them right and then put them together and the chocolate would overpower everything else. It has to be perfectly layered."
It took Garten a whopping six years to perfect her Boston cream pie after receiving some advice from famous pastry chef and CEO of Milk Bar, Christina Tosi, who told her a sugar syrup soak would give her cake layer more flavor. Even with the soak, Garten explained her cake wasn’t “quite where it [needed] to be.”
That’s when Garten and her team cracked the code — "One of my assistants said, 'What about putting some Grand Marnier in the soak?' And I was like, 'That's it.'" The food mogul explained that the Grand Marnier added the exact taste she was looking for to finally finish the Boston cream pie, making it her new “comfort food.”