If you love pastries, then your day is about to get all the more delicious! On December 9th, it’s time to observe Pastry Day – so if you ever needed an excuse to grab a croissant before work or keep the hunger pangs at bay in the afternoon with a cheeky slice of apple pie, today hands it to you on a plate!
The History of Pastry Day
The first ever pastries date way back into ancient times when the likes of the ancient Romans and Greeks made filo-style pastries as meals and treats. The main ingredients in hot countries were flour, oil, and honey, which would not melt easily in the heat of the day. We still have these kinds of treats these days with the Turkish favorite Baklava, a sweet pastry made from filo-type pastry, nuts, and lashings of honey.
In medieval times, things got a bit more serious when pastry chefs came on the scene, using shortening and butter to make a thicker, more robust pastry that we see frequently in pies. Pastry became quite a serious business, with demand for pies and sweets always high amongst royalty and peasants alike. Throughout the years, plenty of pastry types have emerged; choux, danish, phyllo (which is more commonly known as ‘filo’ pastry), and on the back of that, hundreds of delicious pastry-based treats!
Pastry chefs are still a big thing, too – perhaps even more so than they were back in medieval times. employed in some of the biggest, most fancy hotels in the world, pastry chefs are in charge of making cakes and sweets and of course, classic pastry deserts.
The actual roots of Pastry Day aren’t easy to find, but there’s no doubt that such a delicious foodstuff deserves its own observance!
How to Celebrate Pastry Day
This one is easy. Pop into your local bakery and grab an apple turnover, a flaky pastry pie or perhaps a cinnamon whirl. The amount of pastries up for grabs is endless; vanilla slices, profiteroles, strudel, Danish pastries, pies of all fillings, baklava, quiche, eclairs, or even a Cornish pasty – there’s plenty to choose from no matter what you’re hungry for.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try making your own pie – or if you think you’re quite the cook, take a stab at the challenging filo or choux pastry! Whatever you do, be sure to enjoy these sweet or savory treats with your friends, family or workmates. Or eat all of them to yourself – we won’t tell!