National Cream Puff Day – January 2, 2023

National Cream Puff Day is celebrated annually in the United States on January 2. Although the treat originated in France, it has been loved by Americans too. We are sure you will not find anyone who does not love the light, airy, and succulent cream-filled treats. These delicious tweets are not only filling but instant mood lifters. Sugar can lift our spirits, and creampuffs are full of sugary goodness. What once used to be a decadent treat is available at most patisseries and supermarkets and can be made at home too! Happy National Cream Puff Day to all who celebrate!

History of National Cream Puff Day

Cream puffs are rather unusual pastries. This is because they are made very differently than other puffs and pastries. Cream puffs are believed to have originated in the 1540s when Catherine de Medici’s pastry chef baked puffed shells and filled them with sweetened cream for Catherine’s husband, Henry II of France. Even though the pastry and the profiterole originated in France, profiteroles are now one of the main national dishes in Gibraltar! And they are, of course, loved in the United States too.

The word ‘profiterole’ can be traced back to 1604 in English — they borrowed the term from the French. However, the original meaning in both English and French is not well-known. Today, we understand profiterole as a roll “baked under the ashes.” The word’s emergence in English in the 1600s means the people outside of France readily accepted the French import. A 17th-century French recipe for a Potage de profiteroles is interesting too. It’s a soup of dried small pieces of bread stewed in almond broth and garnished with coxcombs, truffles, and anything else that elevates the flavor.

The cream puff we eat today does not date quite as far back. The modern cream puff found its first reference only in the 19th century. Very soon after its current form emerged, cream puffs became a hot favorite in the New World. Restaurants in the United States have been selling cream puffs since 1851.

National Cream Puff Day timeline

6500 Years Ago
The First Oven

The first oven is discovered in Croatia.

13th Century
Commercial Baking

Commercial baking begins in Europe.

19th Century
Baked Goods are Sold on the Streets

This became a familiar scene all across Europe.

1933
Cake Mix

Cake mix is patented by P Duff & Sons.

National Cream Puff Day FAQs

How would you describe a cream puff?

A cream puff is a round shell of light pastry filled with whipped cream or a cream filling.

Is profiterole the same as cream puff?

Cream puffs and profiteroles are often used interchangeably to mean the same thing.

Who invented pâte à choux?

Pantanelli, the head chef of Catherine de Medici of Florence, invented choux pastry after moving to France in 1540.

National Cream Puff Day Activities

  1. Eat cream puffs

    There is no better way to celebrate National Cream Puff Day than by treating yourself to one or more cream puffs. Make your way to your favorite patisserie or restaurant to have your fill of delicious cream puffs.

  2. Make cream puffs

    We will admit that cream puffs are pretty tricky to make, and it takes numerous tries to perfect the recipe. Let your first attempt at making cream puffs be on National Cream Puff Day. To get you started, you can try looking up a recipe online.

  3. Spread the word

    We all love cream puffs, but not everyone knows about the day’s celebrations. Spread the cheer of the delicious treat by posting about it online. Get more people to try and make cream puffs.

5 Yummy Facts About Cream Puffs

  1. They can be huge

    The biggest cream puff ever made weighed 125 pounds.

  2. Don’t keep them in the oven

    Cool them right away to avoid the puffs getting deflated.

  3. The original recipe was no-fuss

    It contained only four ingredients: flour, eggs, water, and butter.

  4. It has another name too

    Cream puffs are also known as choux.

  5. Water is an essential ingredient

    It is responsible for a cream puff’s puffiness.

Why We Love National Cream Puff Day

  1. We love cream puffs

    Anyone who loves cream puffs will love National Cream Puff Day. Cream puffs are a favorite among Americans, making for delicious desserts. They are available in different flavors of cream.

  2. A delicious import

    Even though cream puffs originated in France, people across Europe and America have lovingly embraced them. So much so that they continue to be a favorite to this day. Cream Puff Day celebrates this delicious import.

  3. It tests our culinary skills

    National Cream Puff Day also puts our culinary skills to test as we set out to create our recipes of cream recipes. The recipe needs patience and rewards those who master it to perfection.

National Cream Puff Day dates

YearDateDay
2023January 2Monday
2024January 2Tuesday
2025January 2Thursday
2026January 2Friday
2027January 2Saturday

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