Dessert «Religieuse»

The «religieuse» is a pastry based at «pâte à choux» (choux pastry) and «crème pâtissière» (pastry cream), usually flavored with chocolat or coffee. It was invented around 1856 in «Frascati», a famous Parisian café run by a Neapolitan glacier. The religieuse (which literally means «nun») is composed of two «choux» (cream puffs) placed one on top of the other – the upper one, which is supposed to represent a head, is twice as small. The choux are covered with fondant flavored the same way as the pastry cream, and a buttercream, usually flavored with coffee or vanilla, is used to «glue» the nun’s head to the body

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