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Paris-Brest Choux Pastry
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The Paris-Brest Choux Pastry

The Paris-Brest Choux Pastry is surely a recipe for my taste and soul! Its beautiful, delicate, and elegant look would grace any special occasion.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Choux Pastry, Choux Pastry recipe, Paris-Brest, Paris-Brest Choux Pastry
Servings: 8
Calories: 398kcal
Author: Nata

Equipment

  • Saucepan
  • baking sheet
  • stand mixer
  • wooden spoon
  • disposable pastry bag

Ingredients

Ingredients for Choux Pastry:

  • 1 cup water
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup almond flakes for garnish

Ingredients for the Paris-Brest Choux Pastry Filling:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 14 oz strawberries

Instructions

Choux Pastry:

  • Preheat the oven at 425˚F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Now take the round base of the baking springform tray ( or a plate of the same diameter) and place it in the center of the parchment paper. Draw the outline circle with a pencil. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, pour 1 cup of the water into a saucepan and add 8 tbsp unsalted butter, 1 tsp of sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp of vanilla extract.  Set on the stove at low heat. Stir constantly until the butter just melted. When you see the butter melted, stir in 1 cup flour all at once and mix vigorously with a wooden spoon. Cook for about 2-3 mins until the mixture comes together into a smooth ball and doesn’t stick anymore to the sides of the saucepan.
  • Take the saucepan off the heat and transfer the dough to a stand mixer bowl fitted with the flat beater. Let the dough cool for 4-5 minutes then switch on the mixer on low speed. In 2-3 minutes gradually incorporate 4 eggs - one egg at a time, allowing each egg to fully incorporate between additions. Beat until dough is smooth, shiny, and it falls nicely when you lift it up with a scraper.
  • Transfer the dough to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2” round tip. Then take the previously prepared baking tray and pipe two circles of pastry next to each other following the drawn line. Then pipe another one on top of the first two.
  • Brush the pastry with beaten egg yolk and sprinkle some almond flakes over the top.
  • Bake the Choux pastry dough at 425˚F for 10 minutes. Then, without opening the oven lower the temperature to 325˚F and, bake for 30 minutes more, until golden brown.
  • Remove the pastry ring from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Paris-Brest Choux Pastry Filling:

  • In a stand mixer bowl fitted with the wire whip combine 1 cup of heavy cream, 2 tbsp of icing sugar, and 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Beat until soft peaks form. Then add 4 oz cream cheese and beat for 1-2 more minutes.

Assembly the Paris-Brest Choux Pastry Filling:

  • Cut the choux pastry ring in half and arrange the bottom part onto a serving platter. Top with sliced strawberries. Transfer the whipped cream filling into a piping bag fitted with a 1/2” round tip. Pipe cream in a circular motion over the strawberries to fill the bottom. Then top gently with the second part of choux.
  • Serve immediately with a glass of Mimosa cocktail!

Nutrition

Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 169mg | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1101IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 2mg