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Raspberry Chocolate Paris Brest a.k.a. Cream Puff Wheels

Raspberry Chocolate Paris Brest. a.k.a Cream Puff Wheels. Made from choux pastry, these culinary cousins of profiteroles or cream puffs get filled with raspberry whipped cream and topped with rich chocolate.

Raspberry Chocolate Paris Brest close up photo of the pastries on a white plate

Raspberry Chocolate Paris Brest. Made from choux pastry.

Based upon the very famous French pastry, created in 1891 to commemorate the Paris–Brest–Paris bicycle race. This version uses chocolate and raspberry in perfect harmony when combined with the light cream puff wheel.

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Fresh or frozen raspberries can be used in this recipe.

 

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Frozen Raspberries make this recipe more economical without sacrificing flavour.

These Paris Brest pastries look very impressive on a dessert display and are sure to be the first things snapped up at any morning coffee event.

Choux pastry dough is the base for these pastries and really is not difficult to master at all. Once you do, the rest of this impressive dessert is just basically whipping cream and melting chocolate.

Put this one on your to-try list for sure.

Dark Chocolate Chips, to melt and dip the biscotti

I like to use 50% dark chocolate chips for the ganache but you can use semisweet as well.

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Originally published 2013. Updated March 2020.

Raspberry Chocolate Paris Brest close up photo of the pastries on a white plate
Yield: 12 pastries

Raspberry Chocolate Paris Brest a.k.a. Cream Puff Wheels

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Raspberry Chocolate Paris Brest. a.k.a Cream Puff Wheels. Made from choux pastry, these culinary cousins of profiteroles or cream puffs get filled with raspberry whipped cream and topped with rich chocolate.

Ingredients

For the Choux Pastry

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 large or extra large eggs

For the Raspberry Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, approximately
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 4 tbsp icing sugar, powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream

Instructions

To prepare the Choux Pastry

  1. For the cream puff pastry, add the water and butter to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium flame and add the flour and salt, all at once
  2. Cook this mixture stirring constantly for an additional 3 minutes. Allow this mixture to cool slightly for about 10 minutes before adding the eggs, one at a time. Beat well after adding each egg until batter is smooth. Cover and chill for 20 minutes in the refrigerator.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  4. Pipe circle shapes about 3 inches wide long onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. The opening of the piping bag or Ziploc bag with the corner snipped off, should be about a half inch wide or slightly bigger.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 375 degrees and bake for an additional 10 - 15 minutes until the puffs are golden brown and do not collapse when removed from the oven. These should be uniformly golden all over with no pale sides and sound hollow when tapped. Cool completely on a wire rack.

To make the Raspberry Whipped Cream

  1. Puree the raspberries in a food processor or blender then press them through a sieve to remove the seeds.
  2. Whip the cream, icing sugar and vanilla to firm peaks.
  3. Fold the raspberry puree into the whipped cream a couple of tablespoons at a time. Only use enough to flavor the cream without it becoming too soft.
  4. Split the pastry wheels in half with a sharp knife, then pipe in some of the raspberry whipped cream. Replace the tops. Top with chocolate ganache.

To make the Chocolate Ganache

  1. Gently melt together the chocolate chips and whipping cream over low heat or in a double boiler.
  2. Spread on top of pastry wheels.

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

12 pastries

Amount Per Serving Calories 415Total Fat 31gSaturated Fat 19gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 135mgSodium 148mgCarbohydrates 33gFiber 2gSugar 23gProtein 5g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Mia

Saturday 16th of May 2020

does the amount of butter equals 225 grams?

Susan

Wednesday 15th of February 2017

Can you make these like a regular cream puff instead of piping them in a wheel?

Barry C. Parsons

Friday 17th of February 2017

Of course.

Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen

Sunday 17th of February 2013

These look delicious!!

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