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Religieuses with flair

Religieuses with flair

Just like eclairs, religieuses have a choux base and are filled with a crème patissière. The difference, though, is in the presentation. Stack a smaller choux bun on top of a large one, and these little pastries start to resemble... well, people. In fact, religieuses, which translates literally to "religious" or to "those who are religious", were originally created to look like nuns in their habits. Traditionally, religieuses are filled with a chocolate or coffee pastry cream, dipped in the matching flavour of ganache, and piped with buttercream.

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