Rhubarb and custard Paris-Brest

Rhubarb and custard Paris-Brest

This Paris-Brest from Pip Lacey combines the classic English combination of rhubarb and custard with the famous French Paris-Brest. It's an eye-catching dessert that's perfect for feeding a crowd.
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  1. Step 1

    To make the stock syrup, put the sugar and water in a pan. Bring the syrup to the boil and stir until the sugar had dissolved, then remove the pan from the heat
  2. Step 2

    To make the rhubarb purée, boil the rhubarb in the stock syrup with the juniper berries. Once soft, strain the rhubarb from the syrup, reserving the syrup, and blend into a purée. Add some of the syrup back in as you blend if necessary, to get a nice consistency
  3. Step 3

    Transfer the rhubarb purée to a piping bag, and let cool in the fridge
  4. Step 4

    To make the poached rhubarb, first vacuum pack the rhubarb sticks with some stock syrup. Place the bag in a pan of simmering water for 2 minutes. Remove the bag from the water and place it in ice water
  5. Step 5

    To make the ginger crème pâtissière, first add the milk and ginger to a saucepan. Bring the milk to a simmer, and then remove from the heat and set aside to cool down
  6. Step 6

    Whisk the egg yolks and dry ingredients together. Add a small amount of milk to the yolk mixture and whisk to combine
  7. Step 7

    Add the infused milk to a saucepan. Add the egg yolk mixture to the pan and cook on medium heat, whisking constantly, until the crème pâtissière thickens. Transfer the crème pâtissière to a piping bag and cool in the fridge
  8. Step 8

    To make the choux pastry, first bring the water, salt and butter to the boil in a saucepan. Whisk flour into the mixture and cook for 2 minutes
  9. Step 9

    Let the dough cool for 15 mins, then transfer to a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Beat the eggs into the dough one at a time
  10. Step 10

    Transfer the dough to a piping bag and tie up the open end of the bag. Cool the mix in the fridge for 30 minutes
  11. Step 11

    Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas mark 4 and line a baking tray with parchment paper or a silicon mat. Cut a 2–3 cm diameter-wide hole in the piping bag
  12. Step 12

    Squeeze and pipe a circle of the choux pastry onto the tray. Continue to pipe 5 more circles onto the tray until the mix is finished, and you have 6 circles evenly spaced on the tray
  13. Step 13

    Bake the pastry for 20 minutes, then remove from the oven and leave to cool
  14. Step 14

    Once cool, cut the choux pastry circles in half horizontally
  15. Step 15

    Pipe the custard and rhubarb purée in alternate dots on the bottom half of the Paris-Brest. Add some poached rhubarb on top and then add the top of the Paris-Brest. Finish by dusted icing sugar and microplaned ginger biscuits