Learn the History Behind the French Croissant
Contributor blog post by Margo Lestz:
The flaky, buttery croissant is as French as a beret or a baguette, but its roots lie in a seventeenth century Austrian battle.
Croissant Origin Legend
The legend of the croissant traces this pastry’s ancestry back to the 1683 Battle of Vienna…
The city was under siege. It had been surrounded by thousands of Ottoman soldiers for two months. Supplies and morale were running low. Messengers had been sent to neighboring countries begging for help, but as yet, there had been no response.
…Continue reading here to learn how the bakers of Vienna saved the day and went on to create a special pastry to celebrate the city’s liberation. Margo uncovers the legend of how the croissant (French for crescent) made its way to France. She also dispels the mystery behind the form of the croissant ordinaire and the croissant à beurre.
Weekend Baking Project
Make your own croissants and pain au chocolat with this recipe from Paula’s kitchen at A Table en Provence. The key is finding butter with a high fat content, as North American butter tends to be quite different (read lower fat) than the European the baking results will not be the same.
In 2017, there was a butter shortage for a period of time in part of France. The rumour was that North Americans had discovered the merits, and taste of real butter causing a spike in demand and lack of supply. We are not convinced that was the case, but there was certainly a lack of inventory our local grocery store.
No Nudity add Some Jam
Of course croissants are delicious on their own, but if you like a sweet side add some jam. Read about Isabelle Jouhanneau who makes her Un Jour à la Campagne jams the traditional way; in copper pots with fresh ingredients and no additives. Un Jour à la Campagne jams are made with fresh and mostly regional fruit. Her recipes involve 3-4 kilograms of fruit, the smallest about of sugar possible (she tells me that is roughly 55%) and the knowledge on how to make jam the time-tested way.
Via:: The Curious Rambler