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Paris-Brest Recipe

Paris-Brest dessert filled with praline mousseline cream and dusted with icing sugar: Close up

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Paris-Brest is an indulgent French dessert made of choux pastry and traditional hazelnut filling. Its round shape has its own history and is so gorgeous that makes the cake really unique. Take a bite of this signature French treat!

Ingredients

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For craquelin:

  • 1.4 oz. (40 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 tablespoons (50 g) brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon (50 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch of salt

For the choux pastry:

  • 1/2 cup + 1/2 tablespoon (125 g) water
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 pinch of sugar
  • 2 oz. (60 g) unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup (80 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (125 g) eggs (see note #1)

For praline mousseline cream:

For praline insert:

For decoration:

  • 1 tablespoon icing (powdered) sugar

Instructions

  1. To make craquelin, mix the flour, brown sugar, and salt in a bowl. Add the softened butter and knead with hands for a few minutes to obtain a smooth paste. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough about 5/32 inches/4 mm thick between two parchment paper sheets. Freeze the dough. Take the dough from the freezer and let it stand for a few minutes at room temperature. Using a round cookie cutter, cut out 8 disks 1/5 inches/ 5 cm in diameter. Freeze again until ready to use.
  2. To make a choux pastry, preheat the oven to 355 F/180 C. Take a parchment sheet and, using a pencil, trace a pattern of a crown made of 8 circles of about 1/5 inches/4 to 5 cm in diameter. Turn the paper over and put it on a baking sheet. Place water, salt, sugar, and butter cut into pieces in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the sifted flour all at one time and mix well with a wooden spoon. Bring back the preparation to the heat for about 1 to 2 minutes to dry the dough (it will start sticking to the bottom of the pan). Take the pâte à choux (choux pastry dough) out of the heat and put it in a bowl. Let it cool for a few minutes.
  3. Beat eggs for an omelet. Start adding the eggs gradually. The dough must be neither too thick nor too liquid, it must form a ribbon. The test for the right choux dough: the furrow of a line drawn with the finger in the dough must close.
  4. Place the choux pastry in a pastry bag fitted with Ateco plain pastry tip 809. Arrange 8 choux buns of about 1/5 inches/4 to 5 cm diameter on the baking sheet covered with the prepared parchment template. Take the craquelin disks out of the freezer and place them on each choux mound.
  5. Bake 35 min to 40 min without opening the oven. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.
  6. To make praline mousseline cream, sift flour, and corn starch. In a separate bowl, combine sugar, egg yolks, add flour with corn starch, and mix with a hand whisk. In a large saucepan, bring milk with seeds of the vanilla bean to a boil. Pour hot milk into the yolk/flour mixture and continue mixing. Pour this preparation back into the pot and bring over medium heat again. Whisk until the cream thickens. Pour the ready pastry cream into a bowl and cover with plastic film making contact with the cream. Let it cool at room temperature.
  7. In a bowl of the stand mixer, place butter and whip it. Add the praline and mix it. Gradually add the smoothed pastry cream and whisk until homogenous.
  8. To make the praline insert, add cold whipping cream to the praline in three times and whisk with a hand mixer. Place the ready insert in a pastry bag fitted with any medium pastry tip and refrigerate.
  9. To assemble the Paris-Brest, cut the crown in half horizontally with a serrated knife and gently invert the top onto parchment paper. Transfer the praline mousseline cream to a pastry bag fitted with an open star pastry tip and push it onto each of the 8 cavities' base. Poach on the praline insert, then finish with a layer of praline mousseline cream again. Cover with the cap of the crown and dust with icing (powdered) sugar.

Notes

  1. 125 g whole eggs approximately equal to 2.50 whole large chicken eggs (eggshell removed).
  2. Add flour all at once to the water/butter mixture while making the choux pastry dough.
  3. Add eggs gradually, beating the mixture with a hand whisk, a wooden spoon, or a stand mixer until the choux pastry is smooth.
  4. Don't open the oven door while baking choux buns.
  5. Cool the pastry cream at room temperature (please, don't refrigerate).
  6. Make praline paste yourself or use store-bought hazelnut praline.
  7. Take the dessert from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.

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