National Cream Puff Day:
Celebrated annually on 2nd January the National Cream Puff Day is observed for all those pastry enthusiasts who are on a lookout to devour another delightful pastry. Just the thought of cream puffs can instill a longing that will persuade you to recklessly chase a baker to indulge in the delightful cream puffs. Is someone stopping you from having these delightful creamy puffs? All you have to tell them is “Its National Cream Puff Day”!
Why National Cream Puff Day?
Descending from European confectionary ancestry, Profiterole or Choux à La Crème are the synonyms you can announce with a flourish when the cream puffs land on your dining table. In French, the word Choux is translated as cabbage, indicative of the small cabbage ball-like appearance of the cream puffs. The name is also attributed to the Choux pastry dough which has the same basic ingredients such as flour, eggs, butter, and water used in the cream puff recipe.
The first written record of the profiteroles can be traced to the book Gargantua by the French writer Francois Rabelais. German and French chefs were famed for their puff pastry recipes with cheese filling in the 13th century. Cream bun recipes were known to 16th century England and France and are considered as predecessors to the cream puffs.
According to myth, the recipe is considered to originate from Italy, and it was brought to France by the matrimony of Catherine De Micci who belonged to the influential Italian Medicis family to the French King Henri II. Around the 1540s the chef created baked puff shells for Catherine’s husband and he is credited with the innovation. The claim is discredited as the recipes date back to the middle ages.
Raising agents such as yeast or bicarbonates are excluded from the mixture. So the puffed appearance is achieved by the steam generated during the preparation of the dough. The mixture puffs up to form a hollow center with a round shape on baking. The puffs can be either injected with filling or are cut into halves to avoid deflation. Cream-based fillings, custard, or powdered sugar is injected or filled within the shells of the baked puff. Garnish your cream puffs with powdered sugar, caramel sauce, or chocolate sauce for some enhanced treat!
In 1851 the cream puffs made a grand entry into the restaurant menu of Revere House Restaurant in Boston. Cream puffs were crafted into shapes of swans or pyramids in Victorian diners. The delightful delicacy that was once restricted to the royal courts and aristocrats has been made available and affordable to all! This experience duly calls for a celebration!
How Can We Observe National Cream Puff Day?
- Bake happiness
If you like a baking challenge bake the cream puff at your own home with friends and family.
- Buy Happiness
If you are good at eating cream puffs rather than baking, pause your new year diet resolutions and get takeaways, dine at your local restaurants or bakeries, and buy happiness.
- Share Happiness
Share the creamy goodness of the cream puffs by posting photos and posts using #NationalCreamPuffDay and #CreamPuffDay on all your social media platforms!
Interesting Facts On National Cream Puff Day:
Few facts related to National Cream Puff Day that will make your day much more interesting!
- The largest cream puff ever made till date weighed 125.5 pounds at the Wisconsin state fair on August 11, 2011. The world record was set by Dave Schmidt and Team!
- Beard Papa, a small bakery that sold cream puffs in 1999, in Osaka, Japan has become one of the world’s best cream puff outlets with branches all over the world.
- Though the terms Profiteroles and cream puffs are interchangeable in the pastry circles, there are debates on Profiteroles versus cream puffs since profiteroles are usually refrigerated as they are filled with ice cream whereas cream puffs usually don’t require freezing as the fillings as are usually cream.
- The original cream puff is the most sought after food item in the Wisconsin State Fair, with an average of 400,000 consumers.
- Antonin Carême(1784-1833) a renowned chef, built a tower of Profiteroles known as the Croquembouche which is the popular wedding cake choice in France up to this very moment.
History Of National Cream Puff Day:
The creator and the origin of the National Cream Puff Day are shrouded in the dark, just like its past. We peasants are just lucky to have a bite of this delectable dessert that instantaneously gives the Royal French cuisine experience.