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Histoire du croissant

November 18, 2011

All would have started in the year 1071, after the battle of Manzikert and the defeat of the Byzantine army. That day, the Seljuk Alp Arslan was wandering on the battlefield littered with dead, when he saw a pool of blood, a reflection of the crescent moon and a star. He decided to make the flag. For the rest, the Ottoman Turks until today kept the star and crescent as symbols of their power first. With of course, changes over the periods: on the shape of the moon and the number of branches of the star – from eight to five in the nineteenth century …

But then, what about the growing of our breakfast? It is said that the pastry was invented in Vienna to celebrate the end of the second siege of the city by the Ottoman troops (1683). And this is the story: while the enemy decided to attack at night to avoid being noticed, the Viennese bakers, up before dawn gave the alarm. This is to capture the victory that they were allowed to make the “Hörnchen” (little horn in German) with its shape that resembles the symbol of the Ottoman flag. This same legend is sometimes located in Budapest, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but it is unlikely, since it is the Turks who were playing in this battle, the role of the besieged (1686).

Another version attributes the invention and are crescent, still in 1683 in a Vienna cafe, named Kolschitsky, which would have recovered bags of coffee left by the Turks during their hasty departure, and would have had the idea of ​​serving this coffee and a pastry crescent-shaped in memory of the departure of the occupier …

One thing led to border and border
In France, it would be Marie Antoinette of Austria, from Vienna,  that would officially introduced and popularized the crescent. However, crescent-shaped cakes existed in our country. In the inventory of French culinary heritage produced by the National Center for Culinary Arts, we find indeed a reference to “forty crescent cakes” served at a banquet hosted by the Queen of France in Paris in 1549. It may be that while the intention is to commemorate the alliance was decades ago of Francis I with Suleiman the Magnificent …

So here’s the story … and that’s what we told you: On the “coissant” side, we owe it all to the the Turks!

How is it growing became a symbol typically hexagonal? Is that the late nineteenth century, our bakers have reinvented. Instead of brioche dough that existed then (a version of the crescent, which remains valid in the U.S.), they have indeed substituted a puff pastry. What made the pastry quite different.

This new formula has now become the epitome of good taste and authenticity French overseas

Where to buy croissant in Hong Kong? on French gourmet website. order today and get delivered home with the best quality French Croissant to bake at home!

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