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Place of originFrance
Main ingredientsChoux pastry, praline cream
'Paris Brest' pastry variation by Philippe Conticini
A Paris–Brest sold in Japan, albeit a rather simple one
Paris Brest from Alpine Bakery in Alpharetta, GA with whipped cream, strawberries and vanilla custard

A Paris–Brest is a French dessert, made of choux pastry and a praline flavoured cream.


The round pastry, in the form of a wheel, was created in 1910 by Louis Durand, pâtissier of Maisons-Laffitte, at the request of Pierre Giffard, to commemorate the Paris–Brest–Paris bicycle race he had initiated in 1891.[1] Its circular shape is representative of a wheel. It became popular with riders on the Paris–Brest cycle race, partly because of its energizing high caloric value, and is now found in pâtisseries all over France.[2]

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  1. ^ Mollois, Emmanuel. Et Voila. Fremantle Press
  2. ^ Tom Kevill-Davies (2009-06-16). "Paris Brest - The Breakfast of Champions". The Hungry Cyclist. Archived from the original on 2009-10-15. Retrieved 2009-09-26.