The origin of the croissant

The origin of the croissant

The origin of croissant can be reduced to one night, during a battle in Vienna.

The Turkish army was looking for a way to break through the city walls, but even with a larger number of troops and soldiers they were not able to besiege

For this reason they resorted to the construction of subway tunnels to enter the city, not counting on the night work of the bakers.

During one of those nights of work, the Ottoman soldiers were working on building tunnels to access Austria and inevitably the noise of this work made them give themselves away.

The bakers raised the alarm, and consequently countered the siege.

They baked bread to supply a terrified population and a starving army.

And it is thanks to them that we owe the origin of  croissant, this piece of pastry known worldwide.


To conclude the article of the origin of croissant we have to tell you that:

The word croissant means crescent, the French turn this piece of bread with a crescent moon, into a piece of flaky sweet bread.


Although the origin of croissant will never be completely clear, this will serve as a reference as a guideline and to have an idea more or less of where it comes from this piece so valued by our pastry community.


As a curiosity and interesting fact we want to tell you that:

Outside our European continent, croissants or croissants are known as: croissant in Colombia; medialuna, a type of pastry in Argentina, ‘cachitos’ in Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay; and in other South American countries as ‘cangrejitos’, ‘cuernitos’ or simply croissants.

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