Celebrating National Pastry Day this December 9 is easy when you pick from delicious pastries like a homemade pie, apple turnover, strudel, baklava, quiche, or eclairs.
Try your hand at making your pastries, or stop by your local bakery for a bunch of delectable treats for you and the whole family.
But before you dig in, take a look at these frequently asked questions to learn more about National Pastry Day.
When is National Pastry Day?
Lovers of pastries celebrate National Pastry Day on December 9 each year.
How do I celebrate?
The most straightforward way to observe this holiday is to set aside some time to enjoy the wonder of a freshly-made pastry on December 9. Pretty easy, right? Here are some more ideas to consider:
- Visit your local bakery. Put your diet on hold for a day and support small businesses in your area. Bring home extra pastries for friends, family, neighbors, and workmates.
- Learn something new. Check out a cooking show on TV or the internet. Popular baking shows like “The Great British Bake Off” and “Cupcake Wars” are good choices to get ideas.
- Make your pastry dough from scratch. Nothing is more rewarding than creating a delicious, made-from-scratch pastry to share with your family.
- Be sure to post photos of your pastry masterpiece on social media with the hashtags listed below.
- Cook with kids – your own, your grandchildren, or neighborhood children.
A quick history of pastries
The making of pastries dates back to as early as 2600 BC. Some of the earliest known pastries are the doughnut-like pastries created by the Egyptians. They made pastries from a mix of grain-meal flour and honey.
By the 7th century, pastry baking became a culinary art form in the Middle East, eventually spreading to Europe. Chefs in France and Italy experimented and created many new pastry versions and techniques we know today.
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National Pastry Day FAQs
Here are some questions and answers about this fluffy holiday celebration.
What are the 7 types of pastry?
1.) Puff pastry – Known as the king of pastries for its remarkable rise and structure. Made from layers of dough and butter, rolled together and overlapped.
2.) Short Crust Pastry – An easy-to-prepare pastry mainly used to line the tops and bottoms of pies, tart, quiches, etc.
3.) Pate suchrée (or Sweet shortcrust pastry) – A sweeter and richer version of the shortcrust pastry from France. Add sugar and egg yolks.
4.) Phyllo pastry (or sometimes spelled filo) – This low-fat pastry has flaky layers. They are typically used in making baklava and spanakopita.
5.) Rough puff pastry (or flaky pastry) – Lumps of shortening keep layers of dough separated, resulting in a flaky, light pastry. Often used in lunch and dinner dishes.
6.) Choux pastry – Another French-influenced pastry made with eggs for extra richness and often filled with creams using pastry bags. Good examples are cream puffs and éclairs.
7.) Hot water crust pastry – A versatile pastry for holding together meat pies and other saucy and dense ingredients.
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What are the 3 types of pastry dough?
1.) Brisée – The traditional French crust, made with these ingredients: flour, butter, salt, and cold water.
2.) Sucrée – As the name implies, this light, crisp pastry dough has sugar added.
3.) Sablée – The richest pastry dough and the most difficult to work with. It also has a more crumbly texture than the other doughs.
What are some other related holidays to National Pastry Day?
- National Ice Cream Day – July 18
- National Cupcake Day – October 18
- Cake Day – November 26
- National Cookie Day – December 4
- National Brownie Day – December 8
What are some National Pastry Day hashtags to use on social media?
- There are only four great arts: music, painting, sculpture, and ornamental pastry—architecture being perhaps the least banal derivative of the latter.
- The great thing about pastry is there are so many avenues—it’s very hard to get bored doing this.
- Being a great baker and pastry chef requires the utmost open mind. I try every dessert that comes my way!
- We can’t all be bakers or chefs. Many of us have modest ambitions. But we can all buy a piece of the pie.
- A pastry usually tastes better if it looks nice. A cream pastry, now that looks nice—in fact, there is nothing I mind as long as it looks nice.
- It could be argued that there is an element of entertainment in every pie, as every pie is inherently a surprise by virtue of its crust.
- I’m living on things that excite me, be they pastry, or lobster, or love.
- Everyone has a favorite cake, pastry, pudding, or pie from when they were kids.
- I fell in love with pastry because I felt I could be much more creative. It’s precise, and you don’t have to kill anything.
- You may feel that you have eaten too much… But this pastry is like feathers – it is like snow. It is in fact good for you, a digestive!
- Criminals should be punished, not fed pastries.
- All food starting with p is comfort food: pasta, potato chips, pretzels, peanut butter, pastrami, pizza, pastry.
- Pastry is different from cooking because you have to consider chemistry, beauty, and flavor. It’s not just sugar and eggs thrown together. I tell my pastry chefs to be in tune with all of this. You have to be challenged by using secret or unusual ingredients.
- The First Law of Pies: ‘No Pastry, No Pie.”
- You don’t have to do everything from scratch. Nobody wants to make puff pastry!
- The fine arts are five in number, namely: painting, sculpture, poetry, music, and architecture, the principal branch of the latter being pastry.
- What’s a baker’s favorite tree?
- What did the pastry say to the apples as they were placed in the oven?
“Let’s get ready to crumble!”
- Why shouldn’t you date a pastry chef?
He’ll desert you!
- Where was the first pastry cooked?
- Which pastry is the most religious?
The donut — it’s holiness can not be denied.
- What did the pastry chef say to her supervisor to get a raise?
“C’mon, I need the dough.”
- Why did the clock in the pastry shop always run slow?
It always went back 4 seconds.
- How does Bob Marley like his pastries?
Wi’ jam in!
By Jill Swanson
Jill writes about food, cooking, and family.
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