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praline bicycle ring

Paris brest

In 1910, pâtissier Louis Durand, who had a shop along the route of the Paris-Brest bike race, invented this choux pastry shaped like a bike wheel to honour the passing cyclists, then filled it with praline crème mousseline and covered it with slivered almonds. It was a big hit, especially among the riders themselves.

You can find big dessert Paris-Brests or little individual ones. In restaurants, they may throw on some crème anglaise to gild the lily.



Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Hotel du Vin & Bistro