Flaky, buttery, decadent goodness. Vive la croissant!
Today is Croissant Day, when we celebrate the crescent-shaped treat that made the French famous for their pastries (even though it was adapted from the traditional Viennese Kipferl).
Legend has it that the crescent-shaped bread first came to be when bakers in Vienna, Austria were toiling away in the basement of their shop and heard Turkish soldiers digging tunnels in an apparent attempt to lay siege upon the city. Upon alerting the Austrian army (who went on to crush the advancing Turks thanks to the warning), the bakers became heroes. In celebration, the bakers began shaping their Kipferl like the Islamic crescent on the flag of the Ottomans they had defeated. (Supposedly, this history has led to some Islamic fundamentalists banning croissants. But how can you hold a grudge against a pastry?!?) Over a hundred years later, Marie Antoinette is said to have brought the crescent-shaped Kipferl with her to France where it morphed into the croissant, and voilà! The rest is delicious history.
Check out the collection of croissant-inspired treasures, particularly all the lovely illustrations and art pieces I found that pay homage to this tasty treat! Feel free to take a look at my other Every Day is a Holiday treasuries which can be found here!
Click on the image to see the treasury on Etsy, complete with links to the featured shops and items!
“Every Day is a Holiday” is my Etsy Treasury project for 2014. I’m hoping to find unique and beautiful items that exemplify the holiday of the day—the sillier and weirder, the better! What’s better than finding something worth celebrating each and every day?