Thursday, November 6, 2008
Paris Brest is a French pastry created to commemorate the bicycle race from the city of Paris, France to the city of Brest, France. This was definitely a memorable and fun pastry I've baked so far. The idea is to create a pastry that resembles the shape of a bicycle tire. There are three components to making it - 1) pate a choux, 2) praline pastry cream, 3) creme chantilly. The pate a choux is baked first. Once it is cooled, the top 1/3 or of it cut off and the bottom creates a cavity where the praline pastry cream is piped first and then the chantily creme is piped on top of the praline. The top 1/3 of the pate a choux is sprinkled with powdered sugar and topped with chocolate swirls, which is then cut into equal pieces which gets put on top of the creams. It tastes great and definitely very fun to make.