Paris Brest – this luxurious version from La Pâtisserie des Rêves is divine! Living next to the street Rue Du Bac is quite a challenge since the street is filled up with several pastry shops. Passing by La Pâtisserie des Rêves with all their tempting pastries under their glass domes is franckly a pure torture since I just want to bring all their pastries with me home. Not long ago I lost the battle and my sense and this sublime creation, also called Paris-Brest came home with me in a very cute pink colored box.
For those of you who are not familiar with this typical French pastry I can inform you that is was created in 1891 to celebrate the Paris-Brest bicycle race. The classic shape of this pastry is formed as a wheel and it’s loaded with calories (read sugar!) it became popular among the riders in the Paris-Brest bicycle race since it provided them with loads of energy ;-) Nowadays Paris-Brest can be found in many pastry shops all over France.
Let’s return to the actual pastry. What does it consists of? Choux pastry and praline flavoured cream, who said pastries needs to be complicated?
Philippe Conticini, the pastry chef at La Pâtisserie des Rêves has added his own touch to this classic pastry and changed the shape of the wheel. His Paris-Brest consists of five baby choux buns piped in a circle, sliced and filled with a praline flavoured mousseline and chocolate-praliné coulant as a bonus in the core of every bun. An extraordinary experience, and I would advice you to jump on your bike after having this very high calory delight ;-)
La Pâtisserie des Rêves – 93 rue du Bac, 75007 Paris
Photos taken with my Nikon D5100