Don’t be alarmed by the title of this blog post.
The French word ‘religieuse‘ means ‘nun’ in English, and is also the name of this tasty looking treat. Other treats not pictured include the ‘chausson aux pommes‘ (‘apple slipper’: Cornish pasty-shaped pastry filled with apple purée) and ‘pets de non‘ (‘nun’s farts’: fried balls of choux pastry, covered in sugar).
In comparison, une religieuse sounds more appetising. The nun pictured came from a bakery in La Clusaz, but rest assured that nuns, their farts and apple slippers are available all over France.
So how does a nun taste? A nun tastes great! It’s similar to a chocolate eclair, with the choux pastry filled with chocolate custard. Really, the only differences are the shape and the splodge of cream holding the head to the body. Oh, and they’re much messier to eat. If you want to feel gluttonous, eat the body of one of these nuns: its size almost guarantees that it will fall apart in your hands, leaving you with custard rolling down your fingers as you try to stuff it in your mouth before further collapse. So, my recommendation for how to eat a nun is to eat it in private — or on a plate with a spoon if you’re feeling posh. Also available in other flavours such as coffee and vanilla.