The very first time I heard about Paris Brest, I had no idea what it was or that it was called Paris Brest.

Some very good friends of mine were waxing poetic about a dessert that their aunt would make for holidays. It consisted of cream puff dough, piped into a around and baked. The resulting ring was then split in half and filled with custard and strawberries.

It sounded foreign and completely delicious to me.

Naturally, being obsessed with all things cream puff, it remained filed away in the little recipe box in my head.

Several years later, I finally came across Paris Brest in a dessert book. Once I realized it was a dessert whose base is made with choux pastry, I put two and two together and figured it out that the little recipe card in my head was one and the same with the recipe I was looking at.

Who says I’m not good at math?!

While I was taken with the idea of this dessert the moment I first found out about it, oddly enough, it was only recently that I tried to make it for the first time.

The November 2011 issue of Cook’s Illustrated has an excellent article on Paris Brest, with an accompanying recipe (and on-line demonstration video).

Inspired by the article, I decided to finally give this elusive dessert a try.

I was not disappointed.

The Cook’s Illustrated recipe was fun to make and the results were delicious. My favourite part was the hazelnut paste that I made to use as part of the filling.

I can’t wait to try this again in the summer, once strawberries are in season and I can use them in the filling!

Now that I’m (hopefully) back to blogging on a more regular basis, I’m hoping to feature Magazine Mondays more regularly seeing as how those magazine piles seem to always be there!

Remember, Magazine Mondays is the little event that I created to help manage all those clipped recipes we all have hanging around (you know you do!).

Here’s who joined me for this week’s edition of MM:

Victoria of Flavors of the Sun made a Fresh Fruit Tart from Oprah magazine; Osso Buco-Style Chicken from Cooking Light; Cauliflower Steaks with Olive Relish and Tomato Sauce from Bon Appétit; and Sticky Toffee Banana Pudding Cakes from Bon Appétit.

Tina of Life in the Slow Lane at Squirrel Head Manor made Light Italian Bread from Southern Living.

Susan of Wish Upon a Dish made Mario’s Italian Grilled Cheese and ham Sandwich from Food & Wine and Polenta Torte with Goat Cheese Sauce.

Poppy of Poppy’s Patisserie made a Fig and Almond Tart from BBC Good Food magazine.

Anuja of Simple Baking made Ham and Bacon Pie of BBC Good Food India magazine.

Nicole of discojing made Sriracha and Wasabi Devilled Eggs from Food & Wine.

Remember, if you post about a magazine recipe on your blog, send me the link and I’ll link to it in my next Magazine Mondays round-up.

Have a great week, everyone!