Paris-Brest is made with pate a choux pastry dough, just like the kind used to make eclairs and cream puffs. The French dessert was originally created for a bicycle race, the big ring representing a bicycle wheel! And the idea stuck around for decades. My berry Paris Brest is light as air, fruity and not too sweet – the perfection combination in the dessert world! It’s loaded with tons of berries, sweet fruit and a cream mascarpone filling. Every bite is bursting with berries and cream flavor! When I was making this dessert, I just couldn’t stop obsessing over how beautiful it was! It’s elegant and simple yet show-stopping! It’s perfect for any occasion or celebration.
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How To Make Pate a Choux
Believe it or not, I was completely terrified of making pate a choux for the longest time! I always thought it was complicated and not worth the effort. Boy was I wrong! Making pate a choux is super easy and doesn’t require any special equipment. This basic pate a choux recipe is the same used for all pastries: cream puffs, eclairs and even savoury profiteroles!
- Place the water, salt and butter together into a medium sauce pot and bring to a simmer.
- Add the flour and cook for about 1 minute, until a dough ball forms.
- Let the dough cool for about 20 minutes, until it’s just warm.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, until a sticky and smooth batter forms.
- Transfer batter into a pastry bag and pipe away!
When baking pate a choux for this Paris Brest recipe, do not open the oven door!! The cold air draft from your kitchen can cause the pastry to fall flat! Allow it bake until it’s a deep golden color, then cool and fill.
This Paris Brest recipe can be used to make the large, traditional pastry, or for smaller, mini Paris Brest versions. Also, you can added melted milk or dark chocolate to the whipped cream for a chocolate twist; or, use a bit of caramel for a more traditional flavor. Feel free to add your favorite fruit like raspberries, kiwi, mango, cherries, and even pineapple!
If you love French desserts and Paris Brest, make sure to check out my other recipes you’re sure to enjoy!
- Chocolate Caramel Paris Brest – these mini chocolate pastries are filled with a salted caramel cream!
- Chocolate Coffee Eclairs – the best eclairs recipe with coffee whipped cream filling!
- Raspberry Pistachio Eclairs – with fluffy pistachio cream and raspberry glaze!
- Strawberry Cream Puffs – a berry delicious twist on classic pastry puffs!
- Berry Lemon Pavlova – Pure elegance! A classic pavlova recipe, topped with lemon curd, berries and whipped cream!
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