Food History

Croissants are not French

We are in Vienna of 1683, besieged by the Turks, when the Austrian capital resisted strenuously, barricaded inside the walls. To evade this deployment of forces, the Ottoman troops dug tunnels to emerge directly into the heart of the city and conquer it, but they had not taken into account the bakers who, awake in the middle of the night to work, noticed “suspicious” movements and they raised the alarm. Once the Turks were defeated and freedom was conquered, it was time to celebrate. What better way to remember the victory than to invent a cake that had the shape of the crescent, a symbol of the Turkish empire? Thus were born the kipferl, renamed “croissants” in France about 200 years later, where they began to have international success.

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