Francophiles and pastry lovers rejoice! Today is the one day of the year when you can eat an abundance of our favourite Parisian snacks and not feel guilty about it, Happy National Croissant Day.
Croissants are part of the viennoiserie family in baking.Viennoiserie is the meeting point between pastry and bread and also includes products like danishes, brioches, and panettone. Similar to puff pastry, croissant dough is made by layering the dough with butter and folding several times. Tough work but if you can master it the results are extremely rewarding..and even more delicious!
A QUICK HISTORY LESSON
It’s a little known fact that croissants are not from France but actually Vienna. Who would have thought! It was Marie-Antoinette herself who introduced them to France in the late 1700s.
HOW TO TELL IF YOU HAVE THE PERFECT CROISSANT
The perfect croissant can be judged by a number of criteria; appearance, smell, taste and texture. The flaky layers of the pastry should be visible with plenty of space between them.They should taste and smell buttery, with a slightly soft but chewy centre and a crunchy exterior that flakes away at the touch.
If I told you I wasn’t craving a croissant right now I would be complete and utterly telling a lie. Whether you enjoy them simply spread with butter, filled with classic ham and cheese or drizzled with chocolate, enjoy a croissant today and pay ode to one of our favourite classic pastries!