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Pastry 101

Pastry 101 - the sweetest lesson you'll have all day


Let's all join the tasty pastry food train shall we? 

Great, now that you've hopped on, our next stop is deciding on what a pastry actually is.   Most people would agree on the basics - a stiff dough enriched with fat, butter/oil and if you're feeling crazy-cray, bacon fat might just do.  

Still, pastry names are confusing, even for someone who has tried and tested all confections that have come across their path (my "6 pack" didn't get this way without the aid of some sugar and butter, thanks).   

So, we sat down (while eating chocolate croissants) and thought of a few of our favourites here at Food24, along with some funky worldly sweet and savoury treats. 

Favs at Food24:

Classic croissant - baked fresh and fluffy, preferably delivered to you directly by someone like Midnight Baker. 

Chocolate eclair - a light and crispy oblong pastry injected with creme and topped with a chocolate icing, found at Cafe Milano.

Pasties de nata - a Portuguese staple, traditional pastry cup with a custard filling, browned to perfection.

Check out our baking hub for more pastry recipes.

Around the World:

Empanadas - originally from Spain, this classic savoury pocket is filled with carne (meat) and/or cheese found in most Latin countries (recipe).

Bear claw - go for it USA, make your pastries as big as bear's hands, add pecans and stuff it with stewed fruit just because you can.

Jalebi - this ancient Indian dessert is somewhat like Koeksister, sticky, sweet, and deep friend into a pretzel shape. 

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What's your pick?
If it's not listed below, be sure to comment and help with everyone's pastry education (a degree worth having)!
By: Shaina Herman


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