Profiterole is a typical French dessert and has an interesting history. They say it was created by an Italian chef called Poplin, who worked at the French court for Catherine de Médici in the 16th century.
The sweet is a sweet baked pastry (the famous choux) cut in half and filled with ice cream or cream and served with a hot chocolate sauce. Here in Brazil we have a national version, “carolina”, which has some similarities with the French dessert. The classic version of profiterole is one in which the dough is filled with vanilla ice cream and then drizzled with chocolate sauce, but obviously some variations have appeared over time.
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A curious fact about this sweet is that it does not appear as often on the menus of brasseries and restaurants in Paris, even though it is a dessert so typical of France. Thinking about it, the famous confectioner and passionate about profiteroles, Philippe Urraca, created a shop specializing in this sweet in the Marais: Profiterole Chérie.
The space is small, has a very delicate decoration in shades of pink and is really one of the most suitable places for those who want to taste this wonderful dessert in the city of light!
There are several different profiterole options and the candy is assembled on the spot according to the customer’s preferences.
Specifically at Profiterole Chérie, we have the option to choose between profiteroles with ice cream and profiteroles with cream. In ice cream, we can choose flavors from chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, among others. In the version filled with cream, we have options of praline cream, vanilla, lemon, orange, etc. In the end, we have alternatives for milk chocolate syrup, dark chocolate, strawberry, caramel and brown (Portuguese chestnut).
For those in Paris, I think the place has one of the best profiteroles I’ve ever tasted! They cost 6 euros and we have both the option of tasting them in the store and taking them for the trip. It is open from Tuesday to Friday from 12.30 pm to 8 pm and, on weekends, from 10 am to 8 pm. Closes on Monday.
Profiterole Chérie. 17, rue Debelleyme. 75003 Paris.
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