Croissant Day is celebrated on January 30th. Did you know this puffy pastry had its very own day? We found it very interesting, therefore, we would like you to read more about it and learn what makes the croissant one of the world’s most famous breakfasts.
It is not known for sure, since when and why croissant day is commemorated on the 30th of January. Although it is believed that the celebration started around 2006. Surely the idea came from some culinary organization or a lover of gastronomy, and was so well received that it became popular to this day.
Before we go on to tell you what makes this bakery classic so special, let’s summarize a little bit of its history.
Origin of croissant
There are no reliable sources that tell the origin of the croissant. However, there are several popular stories about how this delicious dish originated. One of the most famous stories has become almost a culinary legend. This is how the story goes:
In the 17th century the Ottoman Turkish army was trying to invade Vienna, in its quest to conquer Eastern European territories. The city was protected by city walls, therefore, the Ottomans had the idea to make an underground tunnel during the early morning to attack by surprise.
During early morning most people were asleep, but the bakers were already awake preparing for their day of work. Hearing the noises, they warned the Viennese soldiers that something was going on.
Thanks to the warning of the bakers, Vienna was able to defend itself from the Ottoman army, and force them to withdraw. The emperor honored the bakers for being a fundamental piece in the city’s protection, and the bakers in return created a crescent-shaped bun, (the symbol that was on the Turkish flag), called “Kipferl” as a celebration.
Another story tells that the Kipferl arrived in France when an Austrian soldier decided to open his bakery in Paris. They say the crescent-shaped bun that was being made there was so good that it soon became known all over the country as “croissant” (a word that in the Gallic language means “growing”).
What makes croissant so popular?
The croissants are characterized by being gold and crispy on the outside and very soft on the inside.
When biting them, you can see layers of the puffy pastry so aerated that it looks like you are eating clouds. No, we don’t exaggerate. That’s how it feels to eat a well-made croissant!
Perfect blend between sweet and savory
Among the ingredients of the croissant are flour, eggs, salt, butter, and sugar. As you can see, it’s a high-calorie food.
If you ask us what this bakery bun tastes like, we’d say butter with a touch of sugar.
But don’t think it’s a 100% sweet. The taste of croissant is so balanced that everyone tends to like it. This quality also makes it possible to eat at any time of the day, although it is very popular as a breakfast item, with afternoon tea or during brunch.
The croissant can be eaten alone or stuffed. We recommend trying both versions to taste the dough in its most traditional form, and then experiment combining it with other ingredients.
Among the most popular savory fillings are cheese and ham, bacon, cheddar, egg, raw ham, parmesan cheese, spinach, and bechamel sauce. The list goes on! The truth is, you can stuff the croissant with whatever you want, like it’s some kind of sandwich.
Also if you are a lover of sweet fillings, you should try a chocolate croissant, caramel milk or those that have fruits, jams, or creams inside it. They are delicious!
Easy to eat
The croissant is light and can be easily accompanied with tea, coffee, or juices.
In addition, its size makes it easy to manipulate and digest, and since it is not sticky, it can be eaten with your hands. Rather, it should be eaten like this to make the most of every bite.
As you can see, there are many compelling reasons why croissants have become one of the best-known pastries in the world.
Although this piece of pastry became famous thanks to French cuisine, over time, several countries have covered it and even changed its name to one more recognize to its culture, such as: croissant, crescents, cuerno or cangrejo.
Do you like croissants? Tell us how you would prefer to eat it?