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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Eating a wheel

Some foods have Iconic shapes or colors commemorating history or cultural identity. Perhaps the best known example is the croissant, invented in Vienna to commemorate the victory of the Christians over the Turks (brutal as that may sound in modern times). The colors of the ingredients in chiles en nogada echo the colors of the Mexican flag.

How about one for a sporting event?

The Paris brest was created to commemorate the Paris-Brest-Paris bicycle race (no, not the Tour de France, although I wouldn't be surprised if it is used so now). It is a wheel shaped (well, toroid or donut shaped) pastry, made from choux, and filled with a praline cream.

Paris Brest pastry
I've never encountered this in Houston. The example illustrated here is an expansion of the product line of Japanese curated masters of choux, Beard Papa Cream Puff bakery in Los Angeles.

Maybe we should do this for next year's MS150 race. Any Houston bakers up for the task?

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