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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Croissant Anyone?

Who doesn't love a croissant?  I personally love them plain with a dab of butter or by spreading some Nutella on them.  Although...I also love Pain au Chocolat and Almond Filled Croissants too.  Regardless of what kind you like they are delicious served with a caffe.  I thought a brief history of them and where they originated from would be interesting.   So, here's what I found out:

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The croissant is one of the most famous foods in the world yet it’s also has a very disputed history.
There are countless stories and legends about where this pastry originated and how it was made. However, there is still little evidence to support its true origin.
Will we ever know the truth behind the croissant? Probably not but its stories are just as fascinating as the pastry itself.
Here are just a few of those stories.
The Battle of Vienna
The Battle of Vienna is perhaps the most famous and widespread story surrounding the croissant.
In 1683, Vienna was under siege by the Turks. After several months of trying to starve the city into submission, the Turks attempted to tunnel underneath the walls of the city. Bakers hard at work in their underground kitchens heard the sounds of the Turks digging and alerted the city’s defenders. This advance warning gave the defenders enough time to do something about the tunnel before it was completed. Soon afterwards, King John III of Poland arrived at the head of an army that defeated the Turks and forced them to retreat.
To celebrate their victory, several bakers in Vienna made a pastry in the shape representing the Turkish crescents they had seen on the enemy’s flags.
They called this new pastry the “Kipfel” which is the German word for “crescent” and continued baking if for many years.
The issue behind this story is there are too many versions of it. Some versions take place in Vienna while others appear in Budapest at different times. As well, the story is often intertwined with Marie Antoinette as being the main influence to bring the croissant to France.
Most food historians confirm that crescent-shaped pastries were baked in Vienna during the 17th century and that they migrated to France soon thereafter. They recount, but do not confirm or deny the story of the brave bakers who supposedly created the first croissants.
Marie Antoinette was born November 2, 1755 in Vienna, Austria.
The Croissant and Marie Antoinette
According to this legend, it was Marie Antoinette (Austrian Princess who married Louis XVI), that introduced the croissant to France. As a bride of fifteen, she recalled memories of the croissant in Vienna and insisted that her chefs recreate her favorite pastry.
Many critics dispute this story as the croissant is such a unique food and there is no way Marie Antoinette could have described it. Furthermore, Marie Antoinette would not of mentioned the croissant without writers of the period having commented on it. As well, there is no record of the pastry in a long and extensive list of  foods from that time.

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August Zang in France
This version is considered to be the most accurate by some historians. Although, the story still does not explain who created the croissant but rather how it became popular in France.
August Zang was an Austrian artillery officer that founded a Viennese Bakery in Paris in approximately 1839. This bakery, which served Viennese specialties including the kipfel and the Vienna loaf, quickly became popular and inspired French bakers. Throughout time, the kipfel was developed into what it is known now as the croissant.
Today, the croissant is both a symbol of French culture and tradition.
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  1. Thank you for this perfect breakfast!

    ♥ Franka

  2. Interesting. Considering its popularity in France you would think there would be a definitive answer to the question of its origins wouldn't you. I love them, either just plain with a little butter or filled with Gruyere cheese - but only the good ones - we get some supermarket croissants that are too doughy and stick to the roof of your mouth! M x

  3. I love them too - but I bet you´re not surprised over that since I´m Mrs Sweet Tooth..! ;-)

  4. OH this makes me so croissants!

  5. Kris,
    It is so funny how alike we are. Many years ago, I used to go to this cafe, and they had all different kinds of croissants. I ordered the almond filled croissant every time. It was so good, and it was served to me soft and warm. We may never know where the croissant originated from, but it is an amazing goodie to me that I have served at parties and get togethers for years.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  6. Hello dear Kris!

    I had no idea about the story behind croissants!
    I love them too like you do. With a dab of butter nad the combination f chocolate and almont is for me irresistable ;)

  7. Daar Kris,
    I never knew this story either - always imagined them being french (croissant kinda sound french don't ya think) and I tried them first in France as a kid. YUM and thanks for sharing. Happy day to you.
    PS: They have forecast SNOW here from tomorrow - I still wanna come to Texas :))

  8. Thank you Kristie! For the comment and for the lesson about the croissant..

    A bientôt. Anne

  9. makes you wonder about these stories and all the other ones out there. doesn't it ?
    interesting stuff, but the best part about the croissant is eating and enjoying ...
    and they taste better in France than anywhere else, thank you Marie Antoinette!

  10. Never the same outside of France!

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