The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving and pastry fun facts. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.

We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know we will look at pastry fun facts.

Pastry Fun Facts: Baklava and Filo were the first pastries created by the ancient Egyptians  who fashioned these first crude pastries out of grain meal flavored with honey, fruits and spices.

  • Pastries were first brought to Europe during the Muslim invasion of the 7th century and quickly captured the imagination of European chefs.
  • The most important tool of any pastry chef are their hands.
  • December 9th is National Pastry Day.
  • Pies, turnovers, strudel and cream puffs, are just a few of the pastries loved the world over. The same basic ingredients, flour, fat and water, are used to make all of them.
  • It was not until about the mid-16th century that actual pastry recipes began appearing in various European countries.
  • The original donuts of New England did not get its name because of the presence of any nuts. They were actually pastries without holes and were made in the shape and size of walnuts and hence they were named donuts.
  • Mantecados La Muralla baked a “polvoron” – a type of shortbread – which measured 16.25 feet long and 7.87 feet wide and weighed 660 pounds, setting the world record for the Largest Pastry.

Pastry Fun Facts We Missed

Let us know if we may have missed any pastry fun facts in the comment section below. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.

Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Pastry.

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