Showing posts with label desserts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label desserts. Show all posts

Apple Pie Day- May 13

Apple pie is one of the most favorite desserts in the United States and Europe. May 13 is a day devoted to the apple pie.
The first recipe for apple pie printed on paper is from England, from year 1381. The list of ingredients included in the recipe was: good apples, good spices, figs, raisins, pears, saffron and a dough.
Apple pie was a popular food in homes in the United States in the eighteenth century, just before the European colonization of America. In order to distinguish between the old Americans and the new immigrants, they would say: "American like apple pie" which meant "typical American" .
In the 19th and 20th centuries the apple pie became a symbol of American prosperity and national pride.
The newspapers wrote that during the Second World War, when journalists asked the American soldiers why they were going to war, their answer was: "For Mom and for Apple Pie".

In 1970, advertisers used an advertising jingle in the patriotic essay: "Baseball, Hotdogs, Apple Pie and Chevy."
New Mexico has a city called Apple pie, named after Apple Pie.


There are lots of recipes for apple pie online. So for the apple pie day, prepare yourself or go eat apple pie in a cafe. The most delicious is an apple pie with a scoop of ice cream and whipped cream on the side. The apple pie day is celebrated in the US by apple pie eating, preparing the biggest pie contests and more.

May 13 is also Hummus Day

Black Forest Cake Day - March 28

March 28 is a special day of the year dedicated to the corrupt dessert that originated in Germany, the Black Forest Cake. In German the cake is called Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, which means "cherry pie of the Black Forest".

The Black Forest cake is named after the special drinks (Schwarzwalder Kirschwasser - cherry liqueur) of the Black Forest region (Schwarzwald) in southwestern Germany.

The cake is made from several layers of chocolate cake between whipped cream and cherries. On the top layer, decorate the cake with whipped cream, maraschino cherries and chocolate chips. In the United States bakers usually do not use alcohol. However, in Germany, liqueur is a must-have ingredient. Otherwise, the cake cannot be legally sold under the name Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte.

Confectioner Josef Keller (1887–1981) claimed to have invented the Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte in its present form in 1915 and served it at the Agner Cafe in Bad Godesberg, now a suburb of Bonn, about 500 km north of the Black Forest. His claim has never been proven.

The Black Forest cake was first mentioned in writing in 1934, in the cookbook Konditorei-Spezialitäten und wie sie entstehen. At the time it was popular in Berlin, but also available at high-class confectioners in other cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

In 1949 the Black Forest cake was ranked 13th on the list of best known German cakes.

Beyond the history of the cake, bakers and confectioners love to create elegant displays when baking the Black Forest cake. The combination of rich chocolate layers with a contrasting color and bold red cherries offer bakers the option to design stunning cakes. The interpretations given to the cake produce a host of spoiled desserts that are a lust for the palate and eyes.

Where is the Black Forest?

The Black Forest is located at the southwestern tip of Germany, in the state of Baden-Württemberg. The forest is bounded by the border with Switzerland to the south and France (River Rhine) to the west. The city of Freiburg, located on the western border of the Black Forest, is the largest city in the region and is considered a "gateway to the Black Forest." The ancient town of Baden-Baden is a well-known place in the Black Forest and popular with tourists thanks to its hot springs.

How to celebrate Black Forest Cake Day?

Black Forest Cake Day can be celebrated by eating a black forest cake of course. The cake can be found in cafes and confectioneries. You can also make a black forest cake yourself.

March 28 is also Weed Appreciation Day

black forest day

Oreo cookies Birthday - March 6

Oreo cookies are among the most delicious cookies that exist. Although they have a lot of calories, fat and sugar, there is almost no one who can resist them.
The first day Oreo cookies were sold was 109 years ago, on March 6, 1912, and in the first hundred years since, more than 500,000,000,000 cookies have been sold!
Every day, 95 million Oreo cookies are sold worldwide, which means that far, far more than 500 billion cookies have been sold so far.

In honor of the sweet birthday of Oreo cookies, here are some interesting facts about them:
About half of the people who eat Oreo cookies separate their two biscuits first.
If you make a tower out of all the Oreo cookies sold in a day, you will reach the tower 136 times Everest.
Making an Oreo cookie takes exactly 59 minutes - from mixing the ingredients to packing.
Oreo is considered the best-selling cookie in the world. It is available in more than 100 countries.
Oreo cookies, in their original version at least, are vegan. They do not contain eggs, milk and anything animal.
Oreo cookies are very tasty, and everyone has their own method of eating them. There are those who dip in milk, there are those who like to peel the white cream and eat it separately, there are those who like to eat only the cream and leave the biscuits naked alone.
Food artist Tisha Cherry decided to give Oreo cookies a special creative treatment: she uploaded to her Instagram page pictures of Oreo cookies she sculpted from their white cream all sorts of things like the head of the jellyfish monster from Greek mythology, the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, Football and more. Besides, she has lots of other beautiful creations in food, which you can see on her Instagram page: Tisha Cherry 

In the summer of 2013, Oreo released a limited edition version of watermelon flavored cookies. You can also get them now on Amazon.

If you like to dip your Oreo cookies in milk or tea, and do not want to dip your fingers in the way, you can use this cookie dip that fits basically all sandwich cookies in two layers.

An Oreo advertisement from 1950

Advertisement for Oreo from 1940 (Source)
If you have not yet decided what to wear on Purim, you can dress up as an Oreo cookie and a glass of milk:
Double costume: Oreo and milk (Link)

And quite by chance (probably), March 6 is also Dentists' Day ... and Frozen Food Day

Chocolate fondue day- February 5

Chocolate Fondue is a hot dessert of liquid chocolate that is laden with bits of cookies, marshmallow, strawberries or any solid, tasty food that can be cut and dipped.  

The history of chocolate fondue
The original fondue is hot molten cheese, served in a special fondue bowl and eaten by several people together. The source of the fondue is from Switzerland. And is considered the national food of French-speaking Cantonese in Switzerland. The fondue is served to the middle of the table and the diners get long forks with which they dip the solid pieces of food, such as dry bread cubes or pieces of meat. Under the fondue pot or bowl, there is a wick that keeps its heat. The fondue was invented as a lot of foods, in difficult times when there was not plenty of food, to save food and eat leftovers that dried up a few people together and still enjoy.

Chocolate fondue is the dessert version of the fondue. It is a dip of chocolate ganache with a lot of sweet cream that is kept warm, which is laden with pieces of food and eaten with hot chocolate. Just a pleasure !!!  

How to celebrate Fondue Chocolate Day? 
One way to celebrate is to go to a cafe that serves chocolate fondue and order, how did you guess? Chocolate Fondue. A second way is to prepare a chocolate fondue, sit back on the sofa and eat with more people or even alone.  

February 6 is also World Nutella Day and Weatherman's Day

Croissant Day - January 30

Croissant Day is celebrated in the United States on January 30 each year.
Legend has it that the croissant was created in Vienna, in 1863, when the Turkish Empire laid siege to Vienna.
The Turks made several attempts to conquer the city by force, but were unsuccessful, so they decided to try to take control of it through underground tunnels.

The bakers of Vienna, who worked in the cellars, heard the sounds of the excavation and called the army of cities. Thanks to their vigilance, the bakers received great respect and gratitude for their help in preventing the Turkish takeover and in memory of the event they baked a crescent-shaped cake - the symbol of the Ottoman Empire. Since the defeat of the Turks, it has been customary to serve Viennese coffee with a crescent-shaped pastry at breakfast.
Legend has it that more than a century later, Marie Antoinette introduced the croissant to the French who enthusiastically adopted it and has since been identified with French cuisine.
In France, the croissant is usually prepared without a filling, or with almonds or chocolate. In the United States it is customary to fill the croissant with all sorts of things like cheese or meat before baking.
French chef Dominique Ansel, who lives in New York, invented the croissant in 2013 - a pastry that is half a croissant and half a donut. Ansique's confectionery located in SoHo, New York, Dominique Ansel Bakery, has become one of the most sought after confectioneries in the world. To get the pastry there was a long queue every day for a few hours before opening and by 8:15 there were no more pastries left.

How to celebrate Croissant Day?
Who doesn't love a croissant? It comes with butter, with chocolate, with almonds and more. You can eat it with jam, honey and even without anything it will be very tasty. There is nothing like a fresh and hot croissant next to the coffee to celebrate Croissant Day. So in honor of Croissant Day, make or buy yourself a fresh croissant and enjoy every bite!

January 30 is also Inane Answering Message Day

Chocolate Cake Day - January 27

Chocolate Cake Day is celebrated in honor of the most favorite cake of the people in the world. The cake with which most events are celebrated like birthday, anniversary, recruitment or bachelorette party, wedding and more and more is a chocolate cake because it is both the easiest to make and loved by almost everyone.
The chocolate cake recipe usually includes flour, eggs, sugar, cocoa powder or dark chocolate (which gives the cake the taste and color of the chocolate), oil or butter and leavening ingredients like baking soda (if you do not use puffed flour).
Of course you can also make a vegan chocolate cake, without milk and eggs, and a gluten-free chocolate cake without flour.

The history of chocolate cake
In the United States, chocolate was mainly consumed as a beverage until the 1930s and 1940s. Chocolate cakes as they are today, usually did not exist.
According to old records, the chocolate cake was born in 1765, when a chocolate maker Dr. James Baker ground an old cocoa bean between huge millstones to make a thick syrup, the liquid produced would be poured into cake molds, but from there it would turn into a drink.
In 1828, Coenraad van Houten from the Netherlands developed a mechanical extraction method for extracting fat from cocoa drinks, resulting in cocoa butter and cocoa solids that could be sold either as chocolate bars or as cocoa powder. Chocolate became a drink of the rich, a snack that the masses could enjoy.
A process for making a smoother chocolate called "conching" was developed in 1879 by the Swiss Rudolf Lindt and made baking easier with chocolate, as it was seamlessly and fully integrated into the baking of the cakes. Lindt is the founder of the elite Swiss chocolate company Lindt, which produces chocolate in a variety of types to this day.
Until almost the end of the 19th century, chocolate recipes were mainly aimed at chocolate drinks, their presence in cakes was only in filling and glazing. In 1886, American cooks began adding chocolate to the cake batter, to make the first chocolate cakes in the United States.

How to celebrate Chocolate Cake Day?
What better way to celebrate Chocolate Cake Day than to make a delicious chocolate cake yourself? There are a million chocolate cake recipes online. For example, if you want a very quick and easy chocolate cake to make, you can go to Link or Fur Chocolate Cake. If the cake comes out too thin for you, you can make another one, spread cream and make a cake in layers. The chocolate cake can be coated in cream, chocolate ganache, whipped cream, chocolate sauce and add candies, strawberries and endless options for decoration. Do not forget to respect others and do not eat all the delicious cake alone!
Picture: Chocolate cake with whipped cream icing, melted chocolate and strawberries

National Blond Brownies Day - January 22

The blondies are the lighter version of the brownies.
While the brownies got their name from the brown color, the blondies got their name from the light color. The difference between brownies and blondes is created by replacing cocoa with brown sugar.

There are several stories about the invention of the brownies: they were first mentioned in the catalog of the 1897 Sears store chain or in the 1896 Boston cookbook published by Fanny Farmer.
There is a story that states that they were first created by chefs at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago in 1893 in honor of the World's Fair. The owners of the hotel wanted to sell to the ladies who visited the exhibition small and low chocolate cakes that they could eat on a napkin without getting dirty. Another claim states that it happened by mistake, when the cook forgot to add baking powder to a chocolate cake recipe and that is why it came out very low.

No matter who first invented the brownies and how, one thing is indisputable and that is that these are very tasty cookies. January 22nd is today to get to know and cherish their blonde version - the Blondies.
Blondies enrich the flavor with caramel, vanilla or maple sauce and sometimes use white chocolate or nut chips.
Photo source: Instagram 
How to celebrate Blond Brownies Day?
In honor of Blond Brownies Day, make these delicious and easy-to-prepare cookies at home, devour them yourself or invite friends or family to eliminate with you.

A cool recipe for devastating blondies cookies

1 packet of margarine
2 packets of white chocolate
4 eggs
A cup and a half of puffed flour
A cup and a half of brown or white sugar

Melt a packet of margarine and remove from the heat.
Add the cocoa or 2 packets of chocolate. Stir when it is not on the fire until a uniform texture is obtained and return to the fire. Remove from the heat (the white chocolate does not mix with the margarine but that's fine).
Mix the 4 eggs, the puffed flour and the sugar in a mixer. Add the melted chocolate and mix.
Pour everything into a medium greased pan and bake for about 25 minutes on medium heat (175 degrees).
After removing from the oven sprinkle over powdered sugar.

Strawberry Ice Cream Day- January 15

Every year on January 15, one of the most beloved flavors of ice cream is celebrated - the strawberry. Strawberry is ranked third after vanilla and chocolate which is not surprising, given the fact that strawberry is such a refreshing and sweet taste. Ice Cream Day of All Flavors is celebrated on the third Sunday in July.

Strawberry ice cream is made by blending strawberries or strawberry, cream, vanilla and sugar flavored foods. The color pink or light red is achieved through the use of food coloring.
Strawberry ice cream was served in 1813 in celebration of the second term of James Madison, the fourth President of the United States.
The strawberry flavor is one of the three flavors of Neapolitan ice cream that also includes the vanilla and chocolate flavors.

How to celebrate Strawberry Ice Cream Day?
Winter is the strawberry season, so it's time to make ice cream with real strawberries. The holidays are celebrated in the best way, so it's best to invite friends over for dinner with you. If you do not have time and you can not make strawberry ice cream at home, it is time to visit an ice cream parlor and buy strawberry flavored ice cream. They will surely be happy to serve you in these cold days that they do not have many customers.

January 15 is also Hat Day

National Brownies Day - December 8

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

Bavarian Cream Cake Day - November 27

Love cakes with cream? If so, this day is for you. November 27 is Bavarian Cream Cake Day, a day dedicated to the invention of Bavarian cream that has become one of the most popular desserts, alongside tiramisu and baklava.


The history of Bavarian cream cake
The Bavarian cream is believed to have originated in the 17th and 18th centuries, when French chefs prepared it for the House of Nobility Wittelsbach, a German family that ruled Bavaria, a state in Germany, from the 12th century until 1918.
Marie Anthony Carma, a French chef who created the "high art" of French cooking and is considered one of the first celebrity chefs in Europe, is probably the one who invented the Bavarian cream.
The Bavarian cream itself was then considered revolutionary because the process of preparing the Bavarian cream included putting it in an airtight container. Because it is made from heavy cream and whipped cream, it is mainly used as a dessert alongside fruit puree or fruit sauce.


The history of Bavarian cream cake
The Bavarian cream is believed to have originated in the 17th and 18th centuries, when French chefs prepared it for the House of Nobility Wittelsbach, a German family that ruled Bavaria, a state in Germany, from the 12th century until 1918.
Marie Anthony Carma, a French chef who created the "high art" of French cooking and is considered one of the first celebrity chefs in Europe, is probably the one who invented the Bavarian cream.
The Bavarian cream itself was then considered revolutionary because the process of preparing the Bavarian cream included putting it in an airtight container. Because it is made from heavy cream and whipped cream, it is mainly used as a dessert alongside fruit puree or fruit sauce.
Bavarian cream cakes became popular in the 20th century, when instant pudding and cream blends helped advance the process of making these desserts. Since then, Bavarian cream cakes have led to the creation of variations like Coconut Cream Pie and Boston Cream Cake.
What makes Bavarian cream different from other cakes is the delicate and delicious flavor that can be combined with many other flavors like chocolate, vanilla and banana.
How to celebrate Bavarian Cream Cake Day?
You can make a Bavarian cream cake according to recipes that can be found online, light or complex, with milk or fur, with eggs or without. You can also eat a Bavarian cream cake in a cafe or buy Bavarian cream outside, sometimes it is sold in plastic boxes at falafel stalls. What is important is that on this day, you will eat the amazing Bavarian cream and enjoy the dessert that conquered the world a few hundred years ago!


November 27 is also Pins and Needles day

Baklava Day - November 17

Every year on November 17, we celebrate the day of the baklava, the sweet, sticky and liquid pastry, made from layers of filo leaves suitable for texture and flavor filled with chopped nuts dipped in syrup or honey.
The baklava, which originates from the Turkish people, is a dessert in many countries and can be prepared in several ways. With honey or sugar water, with walnuts, pecans, pistachios or almonds. Filled with raisins, dates, prunes or figs. The spices most often used are cinnamon, cardamom or cloves.
Although the history of the baklava is not well documented, its current form has probably evolved in the imperial kitchens of Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. Topkapi Palace is the official residence of the Ottoman sultans and the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from the 15th to the 19th century. The Sultan would honor the geniuses (Turkish soldiers) in the baklava trays every 15th of Ramadan in a ceremonial procession called the baklava to me.
Baklava is also a popular pastry in Greek, Balkan, Romanian, Arab and Armenian cuisines.
The Greeks discovered baklava on their travels to the east and contributed to the recipe the invention of the filo dough technique, a dough that can be rolled to the thickness of a leaf ("filo" in Greek is a leaf).

How to celebrate Baklava Day?
You can make baklava yourself, filo dough, nuts and sugar or honey water. Preparing this dessert may take some time. However, it is a treat worth the work and the wait. And you can also go shopping in bakeries, markets or candy stores.

  November 17 is also Unfriend Day and World Prematurity Day

Chocolate Mousse Day - April 3

Chocolate mousse is one of the most delicious and indulgent desserts available that can sweeten the day. Prepare it by whipping eggs or cream with chocolate, until it becomes as airy and creamy as whipped cream, or in a heavier texture of cream.
The chocolate mousse was invented in France in the 1800s. The origins of this delicacy are unknown, but it is known to have been a popular dish in France in those years. The first record of his appearance is from an exhibition in New York City at Madison Square Garden in 1892.

There are many recipes for a chocolate mousse, and they all offer different combinations of flavors and toppings, all in order to produce the perfect taste and texture of the mousse. The first condition in creating the perfect chocolate mousse is to use the best chocolate available to you. The mousse can be made from milk chocolate, dark chocolate and also in a vegan version where neither eggs nor milk are used.
Julia Child is known for creating the perfect chocolate mousse, which includes dark brewed coffee, butter, dark chocolate, eggs, dark rum and vanilla extract.
In honor of Chocolate Mousse Day, let your creativity flourish and make a delicious and pampering chocolate mousse. If you do not have the strength or the right ingredients, what fun it is to buy a chocolate mousse even as a delicacy in the food chains and not even expensive at all. No matter which way you choose to celebrate Chocolate Mousse Day, the main thing is that sometime today you will pamper yourself with this amazing and addictive dessert.

April 3 is also World Party Day and Ladybug Day

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