International Waffle Day was designed to celebrate the invention of the waffle. The source of the holiday is in Sweden where they celebrate Våffeldagen, "Our Lady's Feast" which took place nine months before Christmas, the Christian feast of the gospel of the birth of Jesus. Because the name of the holiday sounds like the word "Waffle day", they also celebrate the day they were baptized by eating wafers.
There are all kinds of waffles. There are Belgian waffles that are eaten with ice cream, fruit and whipped cream. There are American waffles eaten for breakfast with butter or syrup. The Japanese waffle is made in the shape of a fish and filled with a sauce. And there are the waffles you buy ready that have a million styles and flavors.
|Japanesse waffle (link)|
Loacker is an Italian company that manufactures wafers, chocolate and other products whose home enterprise is located in South Tyrol, Italy. It was founded in 1926 as a family company of Alphonse Loecker.
The Belgian Waffle was first exhibited at an international food exhibition in Brussels in 1958. The Belgian version contains yeast. In fact, it was not called a Belgian waffle at all, but Waffle Brussels, or Waffle Liege (depending on the version of the city after which it was called toppled). The Belgian waffle arrived in America when served as dessert with ice cream and strawberry balls at a food exhibition held in Seattle in 1962.
The easiest version of the Belgian waffle, as we know it in Israel, was created after the Belgian waffle was presented at the 1964 World Fair in New York in Flushing Meadows Park. The waffle was also called Bell-and was presented to the buyers by Maurice Wermersch of Brussels, Belgium. It was served with whipped cream and strawberries and sold at the price of a US dollar.
So how do you celebrate the Waffle Day?
French macaron day is a day of celebration in honor of the French cookies, baked light, made from two interlinked cookies with cream.
The macaron is a general name for light-baked cookies whose dough contains no flour, butter, oil or margarine, and is based on protein foam and sugar. The day of the French macaron is a festive day for French cookies, lightly baked, made from two cookies.
Who invented the French macaron?
The French macaron was invented by Pierre Desfontaines, a confectioner from the delicatessen of Lourdes in Paris. He invented the idea of a cookie consisting of two layers of macaron dough with different fillings that hold the layers together, such as butter cream, jam or ganache.
French macaron are not only tasty and have a delicate and addictive texture, but come in a variety of colors and flavors, a real feast for the eyes.
|Macaroni in Gift Box (link)|
In honor of the day of the French macaron, make colorful macaron or buy a delicious pastry bakery and do not forget to offer me some too.
Chocolate soufflé is one of the most delicious desserts there is. The soufflé is a light, airy pastry made mostly of protein foam. The original recipe for chocolate souffle appeared in the French book Le Cuisinier Moderne, by Chef Vincent Le Chapel, circa 1742.
The source of the name Souffle is the French word souffler which means "swell" or "explode".
In restaurants and cafes, a dessert is often served, called chocolate soufflé, which is a chocolate cake with liquid chocolate in it. This cake is not chocolate soufflé. It mainly contains flour and is therefore more stable. The dessert served in restaurants is usually chocolate fondant, which is also delicious in itself.
The soufflé is made from a batter or cream that gives it its flavor and a foam of proteins that give it the airiness and volume.
The soufflé is considered one of the most difficult pastries, and the great fear of it is that "the soufflé will fall" after investing so much in preparing it. During the baking process, it boils in the oven and remains in the apple state for about twenty to thirty minutes. A change in air pressure or a rapid change in temperature causes its fall. When removed from the oven, it loses its height within 5-10 minutes, so it is customary to prepare it "ah-la-minut" (shortly before serving it) and serve it immediately after baking.
The soufflé is baked in round personal patterns and is usually served in a pan, because it is so fragile and airy.
In honor of the chocolate souffle day, make a souffle from one of the many recipes on the chain, and if that does not work out, do not give up, who said that only today can you make chocolate soufflé? Chocolate soufflé can and should be prepared all year round.
|In the photo: Chocolate soufflé prepared from a mixture of chocolate soufflé in 3 minutes (link)|
National Brownies Day is celebrated on December 8 every year. The brownies are a type of chocolate cake cut into squares, named after their brown color. The chocolate cake from which the brownies are cut is very low and thick, and is often filled with nuts (especially walnuts), chocolate chips or peanut butter.
The homeland of the brownies is the United States and they usually serve them with ice cream or whipped cream.
There is an urban legend that tells that the cookies were accidentally invented by a scattered cook who forgot to add to the chocolate cake he made baking powder. This story has no evidence.
Another version says that the cookies were invented in 1893, during the Chicago World Expo in Chicago at the Palmer House Hotel.
The hotel owner's wife, Bertha Palmer, asked the hotel's pastry chef to make a suitable dessert for the women who attended the show that would be small enough to fit in lunch boxes or low and small that they could eat with a napkin without getting dirty. The result was the Palmer House brownies with walnuts on top and apricot glaze.
Today the modern Palmer House Hotel serves the brownies as a dessert to its guests made from the same recipe and to this day it is one of the hotel's most beloved desserts. The original recipe of the Palmer House.
The brownies were first mentioned by name in the The 1897 Sears, Roebuck and Co. Catalog.
|1897 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue - page 16 (link)|
The brownies have a golden version - the blondies that have a special day on January 22nd.
In 1907 a new recipe for the brownies appeared in the Lowney's Cook Book, by Maria Willet Howard who adapted the recipe of the Boston School of Cooking for "Bangor's Brownies." She added more egg and more chocolate to the recipe and created a richer dessert. Her recipe is named after the town of Bangor in the state of Maine which was the birthplace of the housewife who claimed to have invented the original recipe of the brownies.
The claim that the housewife from Bangor was the inventor of the brownies was refuted in "The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink" which states that there are cookbooks from 1904 that already included a recipe for brownies identical to Bangor's brownies.
Cool fact - the brownie fairy is a little dwarf that appears in British folklore, who comes home at night and performs household chores if the household members left him a bowl of milk or cream on the fireplace.
How to celebrate National Brownies Day?
There are so many brownie recipes, that it's not a problem to find a recipe for making brownies at any level of preparation and with any ingredient you fancy. Make classic brownies or with crazy ingredients like candies, pretzel chips, salty snacks or whatever you want to try and vary. Give to friends, neighbors or family and do not eliminate everything alone!
Post your brownies photos and recipes on social media with the hashtag #browniesday
December 8 is also Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day