National Pastry Day is celebrated on 9th December and is the perfect day to indulge in some delicious treats. People all over the world come together to enjoy a wide variety of confectionery and desserts. So, put your diet aside and have a day of sweet indulgence!
Pastries have been around since ancient times with evidence of berry and fruit pies being made in Ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt. Around 2500 BC, people were baking bread that were often shaped like animals for sacrificial offerings. In the 18th century, flour became the main ingredient for pastries, and with the advent of sugar becoming more affordable in the 19th century, it marked a new era of culinary experiments.
- Croissants, an iconic French pastry, actually originated in Austria.
- Ancient pies were believed to be closed forms filled exclusively with meat.
- During the reign of Octavian Augustus, there were more than 300 bakeries in Rome.
- The first pastries were served without dishes as the filling was eaten away while the base was thrown away or given to the poor.
- Bread was invented around 7500 years ago by mistake as an Egyptian left a mixture of water and flour in the oven and found a dough-like substance in the morning.
How to take part
Celebrate National Pastry Day by getting your favorite pastry from a specialty store or by baking it at home. Watch baking shows and try out the recipes you like. Invite your family and friends over for a pastry tasting session and have them evaluate your creations!
When is National Pastry Day celebrated in 2023?
National Pastry Day is observed on December 9 each year.