Friday, January 31, 2014

Paris-Brest

 Get your mind out of the gutter. I know we are all 12 years old when certain words are said. Of course in this case I am talking about Brest France and the dessert by the same name. Does the shape remind you of anything? A bicycle tire perhaps? This lovely dessert was created to commemorate France's oldest bike race. This particular race started in 1891 and bikers race from Paris to Brest.
 The actual recipe called for caramelized almonds and vanilla pastry cream. I do have sliced almonds but decided to go with Dorie's bon idee and made chocolate pastry cream instead. I had a couple of bars of Scharfen Berger chocolate (from the IFBC conference) in the cabinet so I knew the pastry cream would be delicious. Pastry cream has been tricky for me in the past...it tends to get lumpy but this time I managed to temper the eggs and the pastry cream turned out perfectly.
I was able to pipe out quite a few small extra puffs as extra little treats. Munchkin is home sick today so she and I had a couple while they were warm. Little Man was not a fan when he tried them after school. Once the pastry cream and a strawberry was added though he changed his mind. I don't know if my pastry was just too small but I had a lot of pastry cream left over. Of course, that made a perfect after school snack with bananas.

Are you afraid of making pastry like this? Don't be! This choux pastry is a snap to whip up and pipe out (with the right piping supplies). I had a Pampered Chef Easy Accent Decorator until a few months ago when part of it snapped off. I went to the store today to pick up some decorating tips and bags but found a Wilton Dessert Decorator that is similar to the Pampered Chef tool. It worked for me so I am happy with the $12 I spent!

This turned out really well for many bakers this week so make sure to check out the LYL on the French Fridays with Dorie page. You can also check out the recipe in Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.

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13 comments:

  1. Oooh, chocolate! Very nice! Your Paris-Brest is beautiful - lovely work!

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  2. Great looking chocolate filling!

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  3. I like the look of the chocolate version - delish.

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  4. Simply Beautiful, Karen!! The chocolate filling looks lovely. I didn’t get as many little ones as you did.

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  5. Very nice :-)

    Hope the young 'un is feeling better. Being sick is no fun.

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  6. Lovely with the chocolate filling. I'm sure that
    Scharfen chocolate was a great addition and very tasty. Great job.

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  7. We both went the chocolate route! Beautiful! And I had a ton of filling leftover, too.

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  8. Chocolate AND strawberries? LOVE this idea! Thanks so much for playing along this week!

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  9. I love your chocolate-strawberry version! Very creative .

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  10. This made me chuckle, sous chef had his mind in the gutter for sure when I announced we were having Paris-Brest. Fortunately, he wasn't too disappointed. Great combo of chocolate and strawberries.

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  11. Chocolate cream and strawberries. What a terrific combo! I would eat all of it! Yum!

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  12. Its chocolate heaven here! Great results!

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