Quebec City, Canada, proudly adheres to its French roots and traditions…humm, that must mean pastries too! My quest honed in on a time honored, crème filled and gloriously silky smooth Gateaux. This celebrated cake has been made for a century to fuel top bicycle racers and is fittingly shaped in a circle to look like a wheel.

Before the Tour de France existed, the grueling Paris-Brest-Paris bike ride brings out the best to complete the 750 mile course in 90 hours or less. Dough similar to éclair shells is baked in a ring shape and filled with luscious praline cream and topped with crushed pralines, all handmade of course.

Plated with the triumphant dessert is a grand cherry. Chris insisted it was a kumquat and the waiter, said, Monsieur, pleeeze, it is a Canadian cherry!   Maybe I’ll start training for that bike ride…NOT!

On the other hand, a visit to Canada isn’t complete without eating wild blueberries and on top a simple cake is simply divine.

Wild blueberries finishing off the cake

Wild blueberries finishing off the cake



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