Legend has it that in the 1600s, the Turkish Empire attempted to invade what is now Vienna, Austria. Despite their efforts, they were unable to do so and decided to dig an underground tunnel in hopes to gain access. What the Turks didn’t know was that bakers of the city worked underground and soon became aware of the digging and the Turks plan. The bakers of Vienna, who worked in the basement storerooms, heard the sound of digging and alerted the army. With the Turks plan foiled, in celebration, Vienna baked their bread in the shape of a crescent moon, which is the symbol of the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire. Now this could be a myth… or maybe it really is how croissants came to be?
Though croissants had been around for centuries, it wasn’t until the Austrian Princess, Marie Antoinette, married King Louis XVI of France, and introduced the delicious pastry to the French. It is said that she is the one who dubbed the name “croissant”.
Now excuse me while I warm this treat up!