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Friday, February 5, 2010

Paris-What? Paris-Brest!

Funniest thing happened the other day, and keeps happening at work, every time a customer asks what the doughnut looking pastry is. Naturally, the person at the front of the store responds; "Paris-Brest". Some customers are quick to respond with a bizarre look on their face when they confuse the pronunciation of Brest with the one of breast. So here is a post to clarify the confusion of a very delicious pastry which always puts a smile on a customer's face.

- Paris and Brest are two cities located in France.
- The circle shape of the pastry represents a bicycle wheel.
- Created in 1891 for the bicycle race going from Paris to Brest and back to Paris.
- Made out of choux paste (same dough as eclairs)
- Filled with praliné buttercream or praliné pastry cream
- Topped with almonds and powdered sugar

Step 1
- Pipe out the choux paste into a large circle

Step 2
- Brush egg wash over the wheels and sprinkle with raw, blanched, sliced almonds.

Step 3
- Bake off to dry out the pastry and golden color is present everywhere on the cooked wheels

Step 4
- Cool down the pastry and slice in half.

Step 5
- Pipe the filling, place the top over the filling, and sprinkle with icing sugar.
So I hope this clears up the confusion in the pronunciation confusions. If ever you DO want a breast looking pastry, make sure to ask for a "Téton de Vénus" or "Mamelons de Vénus. These breast looking pastries will get everyone talking at your next get together.

Eat well, sleep well and till tomorrow!


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