Vanilla Bean Taro Paris-Brest

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Tada, it’s a Paris-Brest (“a Paris what?”), just in time for the magical February 29th! A Paris-Brest is traditionally made with choux pastry and praline cream, and was created to honour the Paris-Brest-Paris bike race… it’s circular to represent the bike wheel.

I think it gives you a bit more freedom in terms of how you want to present it compared to regular cream puffs, just because its shape inherently gives you more surface area to work with. Conceptually I was going for a chestnut-taro Paris-Brest, but I’d never tried using canned chestnut puree before and was disappointed to find that its texture was like, well, chestnut meat / cat food, haha. So I did a quick switcharoo to a vanilla bean pastry cream and homemade taro paste.

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Matcha Croissants

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I didn’t think I’d ever get around to it, but I’m finally able to cross off “croissants” on my baking goals list (!!!) along with “a plated dessert“, “dad’s birthday cake” and “wedding cake“. All that’s left is a Brooks Headley dessert, but I don’t know if I’ll ever be ready for a chocolate eggplant dessert…

I had to wait until the opportune moment– one (relatively free) rainy day for me to not mind staying home to babysit my dough, and when I happened to have good quality butter on hand. I was lucky enough to get my hands on some Kerrygold unsalted butter, so all the stars aligned one rainy day for me to take the plunge.

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