Call Us

Recipe: Paris Brest

This recipe makes two small, or one large to serve 4 to 6 people. To learn how to make choux pastry, click here.

Strawberry or cherry cream

Berry fruit coulis

100 g Caster sugar
150 g Frozen berries
100 ml Water



  • Make the choux pastry following this recipe
  • Preheat the oven to 200C and line a baking sheet with baking paper.
  • Place the choux in a piping bag with nozzle and pipe the choux into one large ring 10cm in diameter or two small rings of 5-6cm in diameter. 
  • Pipe a second ring inside the first so that they are touching. Pipe a third ring on top of both so that they are “glued” together. If you have more paste, pipe a fourth ring adjacent to the third.
  • Or use two dessert spoons to make a ring of connected balls 10cm in diameter or two small rings of 5-6cm in diameter.
  • Bake in the oven at 200C for 30 minutes, until golden. Remove from the oven. 
  • With a serrated knife, cut between the top and bottom rings. Lift off the top ring. If there is a lot of uncooked paste, you can scrape this out.
  • Return the two rings to the oven to crispen up for another 5 minutes, then cool.
  • To serve, place on a plate and spoon in the strawberry cream (recipe below) and drizzle with icing sugar. Serve with coulis (recipe below).

Strawberry or Cherry Cream

  • Hull the strawberries and cut into quarters or pit the cherries. Sprinkle with 1-2 Tbsp icing sugar
  • Add 1-2 Tbsp icing sugar to the cream and whip until soft.
  • Fold through the strawberries or cherries and 2 Tbsp berry fruit coulis for colour. 

Berry Fruit Coulis

  • In a pan, heat the sugar, fruit and water until soft.
  • Allow to cool, then purée and sieve.
  • The coulis should be the consistency of a thin sauce. This can keep for several weeks in the refrigerator.


Latest Newsletter

See our latest email newsletter.

Read now


Celia Hay

Celia is a qualified chef and holds the WSET (London) Diploma of Wine. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History, Master of Education (Distinction) and MBA Master of Business Administration from the University of Canterbury.

Find out more

The School

Founded by Celia Hay, the New Zealand School of Food and Wine opened its first campus in Christchurch in 1995.

Find out more