We do not know about you, but we have never met a cake that we did not like. That is why we are delighted to celebrate National Pastry Day on December 9.
Cakes date back to ancient times: Ancient Egyptians made puff pastry from grain flour and flour and sweetened it with honey, and ancient Greeks and Romans made sweets from paper-thin puff pastry (the predecessor of what is now we know as phyllo mass). Cakes traveled to Europe in medieval times, where fats like butter and shortening were added to make a sturdier dough.
You will find cakes in almost every culture you can think of, but cakes became incredibly refined in French kitchens during the 18th century. There’s a reason we think of France as the pastry capital of the world. Today there are countless types of cakes and we will have one of each, please.
ACTIVITIES OF THE NATIONAL PASTRY DAY
Go to your neighborhood bakery
It doesn’t matter if you live in a remote small town or a huge city, we pretty much guarantee that you won’t have to travel far to find a delicious bakery. Come in, don’t you dare think of the word “calories” and buy as many cakes as you like. After all, you are supporting a local business.
See cooking shows
Eat with your eyes and enjoy tons of pastry shows. There is the recent mega hit “The Great British Bake Off” or “Cupcake Wars”, focused on pastry. If that’s not enough to fill you up, try “Ace of Cakes,” “Top Chef: Just Desserts,” or one of our personal favorites: Julia Child’s old YouTube images.
Make puff pastry
We know it can be tempting to take a pastry shortcut and buy pre-made dough in the freezer aisle at the grocery store. But in honor of National Pastry Day, why not try making pastry dough entirely from scratch? It may not be easy, but it will be very rewarding. Plus, you can channel your inner child and nibble on the no-bake dough. Book an afternoon, put on an apron and start kneading. Just make sure you have plenty of butter on hand.
DESSERTS FOR THE MOUTH THAT MAKE YOU DROOLING
It may sound like “nonsense”, but the similarities end there. This sugar-dusted vanilla cream-filled delicacy is closer to a donut than anything else. I keep 17.
Toasted Marshmallow Caramel Cake
This is not your dessert ready in a jiffy. Garnished with chocolate, cream, brown sugar and much more, this one will blow your mind.
Cronut stuffed with jam
Horn? Donut? We don’t even care. We will go crazy for cronuts any day of the week.
Peanut butter may be more popular, but there’s no way we can convince ourselves that Nutella isn’t the best spread out there. When is it combined with pastry? Sky.
Wait, croissants, there’s another hybrid dessert on the block. After trying one of these gems, there was only one question: why didn’t someone think of this earlier?
Caramel-Filled Chocolate Munchkins
In case bombolonis were a bit vanilla for you, we’ve got something with MORE decadence. Meet this majesty – they probably have enough sugar to rush an elephant, but who’s checking the labels?
You’re probably most familiar with this cupcake’s cousin, the snickerdoodle cookie, but it’s time to meet the real star of the family. Snickerdoodle cupcakes are SURE to please the crowd.
WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL PASTRY DAY
It gives you an excuse to treat yourself
Carbs, Fat, and Sugar: These are three things we love, but they’re not necessarily the healthiest foods to get into your body. But hey, if there is only one day of the year when we can celebrate everything related to pastry, bring the donuts. And croissants. And eclairs. And fruit tarts.
In the culinary world, becoming a pastry chef is not a cake walk (see what we did there?) It takes a ridiculous amount of professional training; after all, baking is more of an exact science than cooking. There is a lot of chemistry involved! It’s very easy to spoil a cake if you don’t get the correct measurements or temperatures.
The job also requires a lot of creativity to take the different types of puff pastry and turn them into a wide variety of desserts. Pastry chefs aren’t usually as acclaimed as regular chefs, so we’re happy to take advantage of this holiday to applaud them.
It has a tasty side
When we say the word “pastry,” we imagine that your mind immediately jumps to pastry-based sweets. But there are also tons of delicious savory cakes. Think of quiches, vegetable tarts, cookies, and popovers. Yes, that means you can celebrate this holiday by having a cupcake as a main dish and a cupcake for dessert. We will not say.