For a bit of comfort television I like to watch BBC show The Great British Bake Off. Last night I caught up on the latest episode where contestants were asked to make several Religieuse buns.
They say the Religieuse is supposed to resemble a round, plump nun. The French patisserie is made from 2 choux buns dipped in ganache, one smaller than the other stacked on top and both filled with creme patisserie (confectioner’s custard), finished with a little delicate cream pipping.
Watching the program took me back to my Paris days where I would call off after work and get myself a Religieuse when I needed a pick me up. The cream filling and sticky chocolate ganache are so delicious - it is still my favorite patisserie.
I’ve made chocolate eclairs before and choux pastry is quite easy to make, so don’t let people put you off. The tricky thing with making the Religieuse buns is to get the size right when you pipe onto the baking tray! You don’t want wobbly nuns!