The Great British Bake Off 2013: Mary Berry Little Nuns (Religieuse) Recipe

This week Mary set the remaining contestants a really tough technical challenge as the clock ticks down towards the quarter finals.

british bake off little nums

She very much ups the ante with the crème patissiere of technical bakes – eight Religieuse AKA a French classic made from two choux cases smoothed in chocolate ganache to look like ‘little nuns’.

The religieuse is constructed with the larger choux pastry on the bottom and a smaller one on top, traditionally iced with a chocolate or coffee nappage and joined together with buttercream.

However, in France the French like to vary the theme slightly and create a variety of styles to this recipe as you can see from the video below:

STORYBOARD: Move Over, Cupcakes: The Religieuse Has Arrived. from Tumblr on Vimeo.