You’ll need some serious dough in order to celebrate today’s food holiday. December 9 is National Pastry Day!
And if that doesn’t translate to a holiday that is wide open to interpretation, I don’t know what does! Pastries refer to various kinds of baked products made from ingredients such as flour, sugar, milk, butter, shortening, baking powder, and eggs. Small tarts and other sweet baked products are referred to as pastries. Alternatively, pastry may refer to the dough from which these baked products are made. Pies, quiches, and pasties all fall under this definition.
One thing we can agree on: pastries date back to ancient times. As far back as 2600 B.C., Egyptians were making pastries out of flour and honey, and dipping them in wine. As the recipe spread through the Mediterranean, the Romans, Greeks, and Phoenicians all made pastries out of filo dough. Pastry making became a skilled art in 16th and 17th century Europe, with a diverse array of types ranging from pastéis de nata in the west to pirozhky in the east.
To celebrate, we picked up some miniature cheese danishes and had one for breakfast. They were the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee!
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