Surprise, Dorie! It's your birthday and we have a virtual birthday celebration for you! A little backstory first....
About a month ago there was a request for volunteers for a super secret project. I had no idea what that project would be but I was up for it. Laurie and Holly wanted to put together a surprise birthday dinner for Dorie with some members of TWD and FFwD. Each person would pick a dish from "Around My French Table" and we would post it today for Dorie's birthday.
After a lot of debate I decided on the Paris-Brest since Dorie calls it "truly a party dessert". The Paris-Brest was created to celebrate an annual amateur bike race in France from Paris to Brest. The dessert is circular to represent a bicycle wheel.
There are two parts to the ring: a pate-a-choux ring and a vanilla pastry cream (with caramelized almonds). Believe it or not, the carmelized almonds are what made me choose this recipe. Caramel used to get the best of me. I couldn't ever get it to come out right. Then, when making the Burnt Sugar Ice Cream with TWD, it just happened. The way Dorie explained it in that recipe made it just click for me and now I am confident in my caramel abilities. I wanted to pick a recipe that required me to do something that Dorie had a hand in helping me accomplish.
Make sure to stop by Holly's blog, Phe-MOM-enon, to get the links for the rest of the party!