An Easy Tutorial for a Decadent French Dessert

A still from the Twisted France video of how to make Paris Brest

All true Francophones are obsessed with French pastries, but the truth is sometimes they can be hard to find, especially when you don’t live near any authentic French bakeries.

So, sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands. Your pastry chef hands, that is.

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To be honest, making French pastries is actually easier than it looks. And you might as well start your French pastry experiments with the most decadent dessert of all: Paris Brest.

It has a weird name, I know, but if you’ve never had it, you need to try Paris Brest ASAP. Created in 1910 by the pâtissier Louis Durand to commemorate the Paris-Brest-Paris bicycle race, the dessert is layers of hazelnut cream between choux pastry (the stuff that cream puffs and dreams are made of). It’s rich, beautiful, and delicious.

And, best of all, it’s not that hard to make, especially in a smaller form. Try this recipe to make your pastry dreams come true! (The recipe and instructions for baking are listed in the description of the video on YouTube here.)