National Pastry Day 2022: History, Significance and Celebrations

National Pastry Day is annually celebrated on December 9th in US, this day celebrates one of the most popular popular dessert cuisine of our world

National Pastry Day is annually celebrated on December 9th in the United States. This day celebrates one of the most popular dessert cuisine in our world which is obviously pastry! 

Pastries dates back to ancient times and has been around in our world from a very long time. But despite being from so long their popularity hasn't declined a bit but even grown much and it has evolved a lot with different varieties ever since they first introduced. 

This day is very special especially for those who absolutely love pastries, as their day is about to get all the more delicious! Now is the perfect time to observe everything delightful and tasty that has to do with National Pastry Day!  

Event National Pastry Day
Date December 9, 2022
Day Friday
Significance The day celebrates one of the most popular dessert cuisine in our world which is obviously pastry!
Observed by United States

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National Pastry Day History: 

As usual, many of the greatest creations in the world can be traced back to ancient and classical times. The ancient Egyptians gave us hieroglyphics and papyrus, the Greeks philosophy and democracy, the Romans military tactics and aqueducts, but it is also believed that they also all used types of pastry. Utilising the natural sweeteners available, it is believed that the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all used a filo-type pastry (a simple mix of flour and oil) to create honey cakes, fruit pastries, sweet tarts and dumplings stuffed with dates and nuts. Evidence of these sweet treats can be seen on ancient tomb paintings or mentioned in writings such as in the comic plays of Aristophanes. 

Moving forwards the Romans created a basic pastry dough that was used as a covering for meats when cooking. The plain paste of flour, oil and water was used as a shield to keep the meat moist and also protected the outside from burning – it was never meant to be eaten and was subsequently discarded. It seems that the main factor holding back ancient bakers (they were not wanting for ingenuity or creativity) was the lack of butter or lard to create the richness we associate with pastry today. In the medieval cuisine of Northern Europe, pastry chefs were able to produce nice, stiff pastries because they cooked with shortening and butter. 

In the seventeenth century, pastry-making became increasingly fashionable – British bakers prided themselves on the techniques and elaborate decorations used for their creations, and were inspired further by the culinary developments happening across the Channel. Puff pastry was supposedly created by French painter and apprentice cook, Claude Gelée, in about 1645, when he accidently created a laminated dough when trying to make a form of rolled butter cake for his sick father. French pastry master, Marie-Antoine Carême (1784–1833), is widely considered to be the first 'celebrity chef', bringing pastry into the world of grande cuisine. 

Pastry-making has a strong tradition in many parts of Asia too. Chinese pastry is made from rice, or different types of flour, with fruit, sweet bean paste or sesame-based fillings. The mooncakes are part of Chinese Mid Autumn Festival traditions, while cha siu bao, steamed or baked pork buns, are a regular savory dim sum menu item. In the 19th century, the British brought western-style pastry to the Far East, though it would be the French-influenced Maxim in the 1950s that made western pastry popular in Chinese-speaking regions starting with Hong Kong. Pastry-confections that originate in Asia are clearly distinct from those that originate in the west, which are generally much sweeter. 


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National Pastry Day Significance: 

Pastry can also refer to the pastry dough, from which such baked products are made. Pastry dough is rolled out thinly and used as a base for baked products. Pastry is differentiated from bread by having a higher fat content, which contributes to a flaky or crumbly texture. A good pastry is light and airy and fatty, but firm enough to support the weight of the filling. When making a shortcrust pastry, care must be taken to blend the fat and flour thoroughly before adding any liquid. This ensures that the flour granules are adequately coated with fat and less likely to develop gluten. 

There are five basic types of pastry (a food that combines flour and fat); these are shortcrust pastry, filo pastry, choux pastry, flaky pastry and puff pastry. Two main types of pastry are nonlaminated, when fat is cut or rubbed into the flour, and laminated, when fat is repeatedly folded into the dough using a technique called lamination. An example of a nonlaminated pastry would be a pie or tart crust and brioche. An example of a laminated pastry would be a croissant, danish, or puff pastry. Many pastries are prepared using shortening, a fat food product that is solid at room temperature, the composition of which lends to creating crumbly, shortcrust-style pastries and pastry crusts. 

Pastry chefs use a combination of culinary ability and creativity for baking, decoration, and flavoring with ingredients. Many baked goods require a lot of time and focus. Presentation is an important aspect of pastry and dessert preparation. The job is often physically demanding, requiring attention to detail and long hours. Pastry chefs are also responsible for creating new recipes to put on the menu, and they work in restaurants, bistros, large hotels, casinos and bakeries. Pastry baking is usually done in an area slightly separate from the main kitchen. This section of the kitchen is in charge of making pastries, desserts, and other baked goods. 

When we say the word "pastry," we imagine your mind immediately jumps to dough-based sweets. But there are tons of delicious savory pastries out there, too. Think quiches, vegetable tarts, biscuits, and popovers. Yes, that does mean that you can celebrate this holiday by having a pastry for your main course and a pastry for dessert. So pastry is very versatile. Aside its versatility there are many reasons to love pastry as well like carbs, fat, and sugar: they're three things we love, but aren't necessarily the healthiest foods to put in your body. But hey, if there's only one day of the year where we get to celebrate all things pastry, bring on the donuts. And croissants. And eclairs. And fruit tarts. 


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National Pastry Day Celebrations: 

Since National Pastry Day falls in the month of December, it's an especially good time to find delicious pastries and baked goods at the bakery. Pop into a local bakery and grab an apple turnover, a flaky pastry pie or perhaps a cinnamon roll. The amount of pastries up for grabs is almost endless so use this opportunity to enjoy some of the most delicious varieties of pastries.  

For those who are feeling adventurous, try making a pie or other type of pastry treat from scratch. Those who feel like they are quite the avid cook could even take a stab at the challenging filo or choux pastry! One of the simplest pastries to make is a basic pie crust that can be filled with all kinds of different things, from fruit to a savory meat and gravy concoction. 

Those who don't feel super confident in their pastry-making skills might consider taking a course at a local cooking school or community college. Those who want to become full-fledged pastry chef will probably need a couple of years of training and then some apprenticeship experience before becoming a professional. But, many people take culinary courses just for the fun of it! 

Most Searched FAQs on National Pastry Day: 

1. When is National Pastry Day celebrated? 

National Pastry Day is annually celebrated on December 9th in US. 

2. What is considered as pastry? 

The word "pastries" suggests many kinds of baked products made from ingredients such as flour, sugar, milk, butter, shortening, baking powder, and eggs. Small tarts and other sweet baked products are called pastries as a synecdoche. Common pastry dishes include tarts, quiches, croissants, and pasties. 

3. What are examples of pastries? 

Some common examples include pies, tarts, donuts, croissants, Danishes, and scones. Here's a handful of our favorite recipes, including some easy shortcuts, such as frozen puff pastry or refrigerated piecrust.

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