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Author:  Délicate fleur [ Fri Aug 29, 2008 12:34 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Croissants

Goodness, croissants are so fattening! Layers of pastry and butter....apparently eating one croissant is like twelve pieces of bread - so many carbohydrates!

Author:  amelia-marie [ Fri Aug 29, 2008 3:39 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Croissants

atleast you know you're having a healthy baby!

Author:  jimcheval [ Mon May 25, 2009 10:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Croissants

When I, long ago, wrote a paper about the shift in breakfast in 18th century France, I looked in vain for any contemporary references to Marie-Antoinette and the croissant. References there were none. On top of which, the croissant is not mentioned in France as a pastry until mid-nineteenth century.

So who DID bring the croissant to France?

Being a stubborn sort, I kept looking around until I found the answer, and put it in a small book:

http://www.chezjim.com/books/zang.html

The short answer (which may well be all anyone here needs, unless the history of baking and French breadstuffs especially interests you) is that an artillery officer named August Zang opened a Viennese bakery in Paris in 1839 which quickly became immensely popular. Being a Viennese bakery, it sold kipfel, the crescent-shaped roll that had existed in Austria for centuries (long before the siege often associated with the croissant). When the French started copying these, they named them for their crescent ("croissant") shape. But it wasn't until the 20th century, apparently, that someone thought to make them of puff pastry.

Marie-Antoinette may well have eaten kipfel in France (she had a German cook), but if so, her habit had no wider influence and certainly didn't prompt the invention of the croissant.

In other words, not only did she not say "Let them eat cake", she didn't get people to eat croissant either. :)

Author:  Nicola [ Wed May 12, 2010 2:59 am ]
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Mmm.. Croissants! I'll never look at them the same!

Author:  Marcel Champney [ Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:34 pm ]
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Very interesting, and a great blog Thanks for sharing.

Author:  jwright [ Sat Jul 24, 2010 3:02 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Croissants

Croissants is a delicious buttery flaky pastry and it is very light and a breakfast recipe which popular now in all over the world. It is made in a distinctive shape and it is a mouthwatering thing to eat. Croissants have long been a staple of French bakeries and patisseries.

Author:  mauriceparis [ Sat Jul 31, 2010 5:05 am ]
Post subject:  I like this forum ..

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I like this forum.
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Maurice

Author:  annies sis [ Sat Jul 31, 2010 8:59 pm ]
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I live in Chicago and I recently went to the French Market for the first time and saw the biggest croissants in my life! They looked so delicious but I didn't get any. :(

Author:  Délicate fleur [ Sat Jul 31, 2010 11:56 pm ]
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Did you at least take a photo? :wink:

Author:  annies sis [ Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:03 pm ]
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I actually didn't even think about it...it had been an extremely hectic day! However, I'm going back within the next week or so I will then and post it here! :D

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