Observed on 30th January every year in the United States, the crispy, buttery, crescent-shaped rolls rightly deserve their own holiday (Justice is served!) August Zang, an Austrian military officer, is credited with the existence of croissant as we know them today. In 1939, he opened a bakery, Viennese in style, in Paris. Basically, he introduced France tViennesese baking techniques.
Before that, legends surrounded this pastry, not that we doubt that for a moment people won’t talk about these scrumptious treats. Although it was known that the crescent-shaped bread has been around the world for ages. One of the more versions was the famous Kipferl which originated in Austria as far back as the 13th century. This nonlaminated bread is more like a roll than the current version.
Previously in 1683, the Turkish Empire laid siege on Vienna, Austria. When the Turks were unable to conquer the city by force, they decided to build underground tunnels. The bakers of Vienna, who incidentally worked in the basement storerooms, alerted the authorities. Commending their vigilance, the bakers were greatly honored and thanked for their assistance in eliminating the Turks. In celebration of their win, they baked their bread in the shape of a crescent moon which is the symbol of the Ottoman Empire. Following the Turk’s defeat, it became custom to serve morning coffee with the crescent-shaped pastry!
The legend further continues that over a hundred years later, Marie Antoinette- who “let them eat the cake”- introduced the pastry to the French who promptly dubbed it a “croissant.”
How to Celebrate?
Have croissants for all your meals(Yay!). Start with breakfast, have a plain croissant. For lunch, a croissant sandwich. For dinner have an amazing chocolate or custard-filled croissant.
You can drop by your favorite bakery for a fresh, warm croissant or, if you can, make your own. Once you have bought or baked, post it on social media using the #NationalCroissantDay. Do not forget to share with your friends and family. The post. Not the croissant. Why would you share a croissant?
Did You Know?
- A “cronut” is both a croissant and a doughnut- definitely can’t wait to try this one! The pastry was created by a New York Chef named Dominique Ansel.
- In October 2017, a baker from Nice requested the French government to declare the “traditional” French croissant as official. “I simply want to protect the croissant. This new category would help create a noble, true and 100 percent natural pastry,” the baker, Frederic Roy argued.
- Some of the world’s best bakers have shared that the secret behind a perfect croissant is overlaying the dough. The process of laminating the dough includes the addition of butter is added into the mixture by creating multiple thin layers of butter as well as dough. The result, of course, is a mouth-watering flaky crust and an airy body.