Pastries Didn't Originate in France?

Great for a handheld dessert, but you can also try them for breakfast, hot or cold. Feel free to substitute other fruit or preserve flavors, too. To make the pastry more golden brown, you can also eggwash the top before baking. Strawberry Tart. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch

Pastries Didn't Originate in France?

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Pastries Didn't Originate in France?

It was during the Muslim invasion of Europe, during the 7th century, that pastries were first introduced to European chefs. And they quickly began embracing, and incorporating, them as delicious additions the table.

To get back to the true origin; however, we have to go even further back to the Egyptians. They are credited with creating some of the first crude forms of pastries, using the bounty of honey, nuts and fruits, not to mention spices, pulling them together is what was called Filo and Baklava.

In honor of National Pastry Day, we offer five pastry favorites.

Blueberry-Almond Baklava with Orange Blossom Honey
It was during the Muslim invasion of Europe, during the 7th century, that pastries were first introduced to European chefs. And they quickly began embracing, and incorporating, them as delicious additions the table.  To get back to the true origin; however, we have to go even further back to the Egyptians who are credited with creating some of the first crude forms of pastries, using the bounty of honey, nuts and fruits, not to mention spices, pulling them together is what was called Filo and Baklava.

Blueberry-Almond Baklava. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

Wow your friends with this Blueberry Almond Baklava, fresh from your oven with the delicious drizzle of Orange Blossom Honey Syrup. Recipe here.

Vegan Holiday Chicken Pastry Puffs
With fluffy and crispy pastries holding a rich cream cheese filling, this recipe is perfect as an appetizer for any holiday party or get together.

Vegan Holiday Chicken Pastry Puffs. Photo: Carolyn Scott.

With fluffy and crispy pastries holding a rich cream cheese filling, this recipe is perfect as an appetizer for any holiday party or get together. Recipe here.

Rainbow Cake Mason Jar

Rainbow Cake Mason Jar. Photo Lance Mellenbruch.

Making a Rainbow Cake Mason Jar Style is as simple as, well child’s play. Kind of like coloring–the latest rage for adults. This recipe is part of our Adult Coloring Party series. Find the full story and other recipes here.

Strawberry Tart
Great for a handheld dessert, but you can also try them for breakfast, hot or cold. Feel free to substitute other fruit or preserve flavors, too. To make the pastry more golden brown, you can also eggwash the top before baking.

Strawberry Tart. Photo Lance Mellenbruch.

Great for a handheld dessert, but you can also try them for breakfast, hot or cold. Feel free to substitute other fruit or preserve flavors, too. To make the pastry more golden brown, you can also eggwash the top before baking. Recipe here.
Healthy Shortcrust Pastry
Making pastry may seem intimidating, but it’s really a breeze, especially if you have a food processor. When you make your own pastry you can control the amount of fat and flour you use. Remember that the pastry is just the canvas . . . it’s what goes inside that makes it interesting. Roll the pastry as thin as you can and always remember to refrigerate it beforehand.

Healthy Shortcrust Pastry. Photo: Judy Davie.

Making pastry may seem intimidating, but it’s really a breeze, especially if you have a food processor. When you make your own pastry you can control the amount of fat and flour you use. Remember that the pastry is just the canvas…it’s what goes inside that makes it interesting. Recipe here.

Happy National Pastry Day from the Kitchens of The Food Channel.

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