Paris-Brest


Pastry chefs tend to adopt a favorite shape for their creations. Many love the organic flow of crumbles and foams while other go-to’s include spheres, rectangles, and clean lines. I try to use a variety of forms, but I’m a sucker for rings. Not only do rings evoke both order and movement, but they remind me of jewelry, donuts, and bicycle wheels. That’s right, I said bicycle wheels. As an avid cyclist, I’m a huge fan of the Paris-Brest, which was created in 1891 to commemorate the 1200 kilometer bicycle race between the French cities of Paris and Brest.  This classic pastry consists of a ring of pate a choux filled with softly whipped praline cream.

For this Paris-Brest I used a pate a choux recipe  from the amazing Francisco Migoya and enhanced the rich caramel and praline flavors of the pastry with some delicious, crunchy hazelnut nougatine lining the filling.

Paris-Brest

 

 


About Joe the Baker

Joe the Baker is a classically-trained pastry chef who specializes in French macarons and viennoiserie. He currently sells his delicious confections online, at the Coppell Farmers Market, and at DFW-area gourmet grocers.

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