Who could say no to the indulging Paris-Brest? Not many sweet-toothed foodies would deny themselves this major pastry from the French gastronomy. Its origins are estimated around 1909, and it is generally said to have been created by pâtissier Louis Durand from Maisons-Laffitte. Nevertheless, depending on sources, the creator is said to be Monsieur Bauget, from the same city, in 1891, or a Chartres pâtissier called Gerbet.
Even though the name of the inventor of the Paris-Brest remains uncertain, its meaning is not at all. You probably have guessed it: this creation pays homage to the famous eponymous bicycle race. And there is a reason why pâtissiers running from the title as inventor of these pastries are still found on the route of the Paris-Brest race.
Therefore, the round shape of this pastry represents a bicycle wheel. It traditionally bases on crown-shaped choux pastry filled with praline mousseline cream, and sprinkled with chopped almonds. Over a century later, the recipe keeps inspiring pastry chefs who enjoy revisiting it in an always more creative fashion, for gourmands’ greatest joy!