Legend has it that this pastry was made in honor of a 1200 kilometer bike race that occurs in France every 4 years. The bike race starts in Paris, goes to Brest, and the back to Paris. The first race was in 1891, and that year, a pastry chef made a celebration cake, which he named the "Paris Brest," in the shape of a bicycle wheel.
This pastry consists of a large ring of choux pastry that is cut in half, and filled with a whipped hazelnut cream. It is topped with toasted almonds and powdered sugar. If you like Nutella.. you'll love the Paris Brest.