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NATIONAL PASTRY DAY – December 9

National Pastry Day December 9

NATIONAL PASTRY DAY

National Pastry Day is celebrated each year on December 9.  Pastry is a name given to a large variety of various baked goods which are typically made up of ingredients such as flour, sugar, milk, butter, shortening, baking powder and eggs.

Some people refer to the dough from which these baked products are made as “pastry”.   Pastry dough is rolled out very thin and then used as a base for different baked products.  A few of the more common pastry items include pies, tarts, quiches and pasties.

  • Pastries can be traced as far back as the ancient Mediterranean where they had almost paper-thin, multi-layered baklava and filo.
  • Pastry making began in Northern Europe after the Crusaders brought it back from the Mediterranean.
  • French and Italian Renaissance chefs eventually perfected the puff and choux pastries while 17th and 18th century chefs brought new recipes to the table.  Included in the new recipes were; Napoleons, cream puffs and eclairs.

Culinary historians often consider French pastry chef Antonin Careme (1784 – 1833) to have been the original great master of pastry making in modern times.

There are many different types of pastry, most of which would fall into one of the following categories:

  • Shortcrust pastry – simplest and most common.
  • Sweetcrust pastry – similar to the shortcrust but sweeter.
  • Flaky pastry – simple pastry that expands when cooked.
  • Puff pastry – has many layers that cause it to “puff” when baked.
  • Choux pastry – very light pastry that is often filled with cream or other filling.
  • Phyllo pastry – paper-thin pastry dough that is used in many layers.
Pastry chefs use a combination of skills to be successful in the art of baking.  They need to be wise in their culinary ability and creativity in baking, decorating and flavoring with ingredients.  It is important that they have patience and focus.  Presentation is an important part of pastry preparation.   

To celebrate National Pastry Day, pick your favorite pastry for breakfast, a different one for lunch, after some fruit or a salad, and just for National Pastry Day, a third one to have for dessert after your evening meal!   

Enjoy one of the following “tried and true” pastry recipes:

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Apple-Turnovers/Detail.aspx?evt19=1

http://busycooks.about.com/od/sweetpierecipes/r/minutepeachtart.htm

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cream-Cheese-Kolacky/Detail.aspx?evt19=1

HAPPY NATIONAL PASTRY DAY !

NATIONAL PASTRY DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Pastry Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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