NATIONAL CROISSANT DAY
In the United States, National Croissant Day recognizes a flaky pastry enjoyed at every meal. Croissants are buttery, crescent-shaped rolls that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
The key to a perfect croissant is laminating the dough. You laminate the dough by folding butter into the mixture creating multiple thin layers of butter and dough. The result is a mouth-watering flaky crust and airy body.
Legend surrounds this pastry, as is often the case with a popular, worldly treat. What is known, is that crescent-shaped breads have been found around the world for ages. One of these was the Kipferl which originated in Austria as far back as the 13th century. This nonlaminated bread is more like a roll.
Credit for the croissant we know today is given to an Austrian military officer, August Zang. In 1839 he opened a Viennese bakery in Paris introducing France to Viennese baking techniques.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCroissantDay
- Give your favorite baker a shout-out.
- Treat your friends and coworkers to fresh-baked, warm croissants.
- Bake your own croissants. Try one of these recipes: Croissants Recipe or Chicken Salad.
- Take a baking class to learn to make these delicious, flaky pastries yourself!
- Offer a class. That’s right! Pass on the skill to others who want to learn.
- Offer a special in your bakery, restaurant, or store.
- Try a new recipe. Make a soup or salad that goes well with croissants.
- Use #NationalCroissantDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CROISSANT DAY HISTORY
The earliest we’ve found the observance being celebrated is in 2006. National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this buttery food holiday.
Q. What tastes good on a croissant?
A. Croissants can be both savory and sweet so there are many toppings and spreads that can be added to them. On the savory side of things, consider a chicken or crab salad and make a sandwich. Add some bean sprouts, a little parmesan cheese and you’ll have the perfect lunch sandwich. Croissants also taste delicious with a little honey, jam or clotted cream. Of course, another good go-to for your croissant is smear of butter.
Q. Are croissants a type of yeast bread?
A. Yes. Croissant recipes include yeast.
Q. How many calories are in a croissant?
A. Croissants range in size but a medium croissant contains about 230 calories.
January 30th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Publisher Pierre Jules-Hetzel publishes the Jules Verne novel Around the World in 80 Days.
The U.S. Mint released the first Roosevelt dimes into circulation. Franklin D. Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882.
Love Field Air Terminal in Dallas, TX installed the first two-way moving sidewalk.
Monica Seles Defeats Steffi Graf to win her third straight Australian Open.
January 30th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Franklin D. Roosevelt – 1882
The 32nd President of the United States led the country out of the Great Depression and the American people elected him to four terms. In his twelve years in office, Roosevelt also saw the country through World War II following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He died a few months into his fourth term.
Barbara Tuchman – 1912
The American historian and best-selling author won Pulitzer Prizes for her historical account of the first 30 days of World War I in Guns of August and for Stilwell and the American Experience in China, a biography of World War II Army General Joseph Stilwell.
Douglas Engelbart – 1925
In 1970, the American engineer and inventor received patent no. 3,541,541 for the computer mouse.
Gene Hackman – 1930
The award-winning actor has played a multitude of roles across his six decades in film. From villains such as Lex Luther in Superman and Little Bill Daggett in Unforgiven to a hard-to-love-hard-to-hate coach in Hoosiers, Hackman also checked the comedy box. Get Shorty, The Birdcage, Young Frankenstein are just a few.
Phil Collins – 1951
The award-winning British musician is best known as the drummer and lead singer of the band Genesis. He joined the band in 1970 becoming its lead singer in 1975. In 1980, he pursued a successful solo career.