When Saint Honoré announced to his nurse that he wanted to become a priest, she was making bread.
"When my shovel has leaves, you will be bishop!" mocked the good woman.
And with those words, the miracle happened. To his amazement, the shovel was covered with leaves.
He was born in the village of Port-le-Grand, in Ponthieu, at the beginning of the 6th century. He was ordained bishop of Amiens and was sanctified in the 11th century.
So much so that his fame spread throughout Paris that the people of Picardy built him a church.
Meanwhile, in 1202 a Parisian baker offered 9 acres of land to build a chapel in his honour.
In fact and as a result, the Rue and Faubourg Saint Honoré have become famous all over the world, as has the pastry shop of the same name.
Invented in 1847 by a young confectioner from the Chiboust pastry shops, the cake was initially a large brioche filled with custard.
When Auguste Julien, the young confectioner in question, founded his pastry shop, he revised the recipe, which became the one we know still today.
The cake consists of a base of puff pastry, bread dough or shortcrust pastry, surrounded by a string of "petite choux pastries", filled with vanilla cream and caramelised.
It is finished by filling the centre with Chiboust cream or Chantilly and assembled in the shape of a crown, in honour of Saint Honoré.
In the 15th century, the first bakers' brotherhood was established in Paris, in the church bearing his name.
Saint Honoré is not only the name of a cake.
He is the patron saint of bakers and confectioners!