"I think Paris Brest is just about the most impressive dessert you can make with choux pastry," says Ingram. "I've made these small, but you can pipe a large round to make a centrepiece Paris Brest. Like many French pastries, Paris Brest is steeped in history, having been created in 1910 to honour the famous bicycle race. Its circular shape represents a wheel and was first eaten by riders from the race before becoming popular all over France." Start this recipe a day ahead to make the pastry cream.
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