Did you know that croissants aren’t actually from France? Historians think that the kipferl, which is from 13th century Austria, is the origin of today’s croissants.
The kipferl – which is German for cresent – was created by Viennese bakers as a way to celebrate the defeat of the Ottoman Empire when they tried to invade Vienna in 1683.
Legend has it that the Turks wanted to conquer the city and decided to dig underground tunnels to get in. The Viennese bakers worked in the basements, so they heard the digging and informed the army. These bakers received high honors for their help in thwarting the Turkish army.
In celebration, the bakers developed a new pastry using kipferl dough. The crescent shape owas symbolic of the shape on the enemy’s flag, and they ate it as a way to symbolize the defeat.
The recipe for croissant dough first appeared in the 17th century in “Le Patissier francois” by Francois Pierre de La Varenne. It was also known as a puff pastry.
The croissant was developed by the Austrian military officer August Zang. H eopened a Viennese bakery in Paris, and the croissants became popular in France because the Viennese young woman Marie Antoinette (the last queen of France before the revolution) enjoyed them.
These croissants, which were also called Boulangerie Viennoise (and also called Zangs), appeared in a Paris bakery in 1837.
In 1915, a French baker named Sylvain Claudius Goy wrote the recipe for modern-day croissants.
Nowadays, croissants are used as bread for sandwiches, side dishes for soups, and even sweetened as a dessert. Often, however, they are used for breakfast.
Ideas for National Croissant Day
Enjoy a delicious croissant! Check out these yummy recipes below.
This savory croissant bake is great for brunch & lunch on National Croissant Day. You can easily prepare most of the dish beforehand and just pop it in the oven to finish baking. Perfect if you want to serve your guests a hearty & cheesy lunch, but don’t want to spend all of your time in the kitchen!
If you love French pastries, then you will love air fryer frozen croissants on National Croissant Day. Air fryer croissants are perfectly cooked and ready and waiting to be loaded up with cheese and ham, or maybe you prefer your croissants just with butter.
These Easy Nutella Croissants might not be the healthiest... but we can make exceptions when it comes to Nutella right? 😉 Especially on National Croissant Day! They are also not incredibly big, so they are perfect for a little Sunday morning indulgence or for when you're having a bad week.
Blueberry Croissant French Toast Bake is made with a creamy custard, fresh blueberries and buttery croissants; perfect for breakfast or brunch on National Croissant Day! If you love blueberries and croissants, you’re going to absolutely LOVE how amazing this simple French Toast bake is!
These fresh Fruit and Cheese Kabobs with Croissant Croutons are a nutritious snack for National Croissant Day that both kids and adults will love. This colorful combination of sweet fruit, savory cheese and flaky croutons comes together in a snap.
This Sausage Croissant Breakfast Casserole Recipe is delicious! The croissant crust on the bottom of the casserole makes for a light and flaky breakfast for National Croissant Day. It's a casserole that you can use your hands to pick up and eat, or use a fork’s edge to cut into bite-sized pieces.
The airy, buttery goodness of a croissant makes for a fantastic little twist on your standard French Toast fare on National Croissant Day. Add to that some flavourful strawberries and you have a sweet brunch option that you’ll no doubt keep coming back to.
Croissant Breakfast Casserole is a vegetarian breakfast casserole assembled in advance so all you have to do is bake in the morning. With mushrooms, red bell pepper, poblano pepper, and three cheeses, this decadent croissant egg bake will become a family favorite National Croissant Day breakfast casserole for all.
If you love apple fritters, you’ll love this Apple Fritter Breakfast Casserole on National Croissant Day. Sautéed apples, croissants and icing all taste like fall! This easy breakfast casserole can be made ahead of time and is absolutely delicious!
Craving some classic comfort food on National Croissant Day with simple steps and even simpler ingredients? A mini vegan vegetable pot pie is the perfect treat for your plant-based belly. The light, flaky pastry is stuffed full of flavorful veggies and smothered in a rich, creamy gravy.
These Air Fryer Nutella Chocolate Chip Croissants are so easy! With just a few ingredients and an air fryer, you will have a gooey, warm, chocolatey snack on National Croissant Day that’s ready in less than 15 minutes!
This is one of the easiest breakfast/brunch items that could exist on the planet, and you can customize it to your personal tastes. Instead of strawberries, use blueberries, blackberries, raspberries – whatever you like. You can use fresh or frozen, and you can make it the night before National Croissant Day!
Blackstone Croissant Breakfast Sandwiches have bacon, egg, cheese, and tomato in buttery, flaky croissants. These easy breakfast sandwiches for National Croissant Day are cooked on the Blackstone griddle (stovetop directions included).