Showing posts with label pastries. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pastries. Show all posts

Vanilla Cupcake Day - November 10th

Vanilla Cupcake Day is a special day for cupcake lovers with a vanilla flavor designed to cherish the little cake and celebrate its existence.

The cupcake was invented in the United States in 1796 when the recipe for a cake baked in small cups was written in the cookbook - American Cookery (by Emilia Simmons). 

The earliest documentation of the term cupcake was in 1828 in the book "Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats" by Eliza Leslie, a popular recipe writer from Philadelphia who lived in the 19th century.

The cupcakes got their name because of their baking in a cup-shaped mold. In the UK they are called Fairy Cakes and in Australia Patty Cakes. The vanilla cupcakes are made by adding vanilla extract to the cake batter and icing or any topping.

Did you know? Vanilla is considered one of the most expensive spices in the world, second only to saffron.


The vanilla plant is first cultivated by the people of the Totonak on the east coast of Mexico. The spice came to Europe by the Spaniards in the 16th century by the conqueror Hernan Cortes, the man who also brought the chocolate to Europe. Rumor has it that Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, is the one who brought vanilla from France to America in the late 19th century, after tasting vanilla-flavored cream ice cream in Paris.

By the end of the 19th century, Mexico had produced almost all of the vanilla in the world. Today, however, it produces only about 10% of the world's total production of the spice. Madagascar and Indonesia now produce most of the vanilla in the world.

Despite the expense involved, vanilla is one of the most sought after flavors in the world. Today, it is used in a variety of food items, including cakes, ice creams and beverages; And products like perfumes and candles.

The reason for choosing the date of November 10 today is the vanilla cupcake is unknown.


How to celebrate Vanilla Cupcake Day?

Make vanilla cupcakes and serve them to family, friends and co-workers as well. If you do not have someone to eat with you, not the end of the world. You can eat alone and keep the rest in the freezer.


November 10 is also World Science Day for Peace and Development and Sesame Street 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

Pie Pastry Day - January 23

National Pie Day is an annual celebration of the pie pastry that takes place annually in the United States on January 23rd. Do not confuse pie day with pie day, which takes place on March 14.
The founder of Pie Day is a nuclear scientist, brewer and teacher named Charlie Papazian of Boulder, Colorado, who announced in the mid-1970s his personal birthday, January 23, as Pie Day. Since 1986 it has become a national day under the auspices of the American Pie Council.
In 2014, the American Pie Council collaborated with the film company Paramount to promote Pie Day and the romantic thriller film “Labor Day” which features a pie-making scene that appears prominently (the film was also released a few days after National Pie Day).

The Pie Board has distributed a poster of the film to pie shops and bakeries where the stars of the film, Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin and Gatlin Griffith are seen in the cake making scene. The choice of film to promote Pie Day has been criticized because the film tells the story of a fugitive killer who kidnaps from the supermarket a single mother and son and imprisons them in their home. Although a close bond is formed between them where they, among other things, make a pie together, but still, the choice is problematic. The poster reads: "It makes the time we spend together, just a little sweeter. Pie. Catch a slice of life."

The pie is a pastry in a round pan with low sides that are filled with salty or sweet fillings. The pie can be used as a cake with fruit, whipped cream, cheese, chocolate, custard, nuts, etc., or as a pie with meat or meat substitutes, fish, vegetables and more.
How to celebrate Pie Day?
Of course the best way to celebrate Pie Day is to eat your favorite pie, at home or in a cafe. Many cafes serve a pie with a savory filling or a sweet dessert with a scoop of ice cream and whipped cream next to it. If you are in the US, there are many businesses that offer slices of pie in honor of Pie Day at special discounts or even for free when buying a meal, you can see the list here.

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

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