National Cream Puff Day
annually on January 2nd
Cream puffs, also known as profiteroles—particularly in France where they were created—are the focus of National Cream Puff Day. They are filled choux pastry balls; choux pastries are made up of butter, water, flour, and eggs, and have a high moisture content which causes them to puff up. Cream puffs are often filled with whipped cream, custard, pastry cream, ice cream, or sour cream; common toppings are chocolate sauce, caramel, and whipped cream.
Cream puffs were created over time, and the roots of them can be traced to the Middle Ages. Cooks in thirteenth century Germany and France created puff pastries filled with cheese. Cream bun recipes from France and England date to the early sixteenth century; they weren't cream puffs but they were part of the transition to them. By the eighteenth century these were called choux pastries. Legend has it that Catherine de Medici, the Queen of France, had her pastry chef create baked puffed shells for her husband, Henry II. By the nineteenth century, profiteroles were being made in England and France. They began being eaten in elegant Victorian diners, and came in different shapes such as swans or pyramids, and often had a vanilla or chocolate filling. They were commonly eaten with wine, tea, or coffee. Cream puffs first appeared in a restaurant in the United States in 1851, where they made their debut at the Revere House Restaurant in Boston. Today cream puffs can be purchased in bakeries, and frozen cream puffs can be bought at most supermarkets. They also can be bought at Beard Papa, a cream puff bakery chain.
How to Observe National Cream Puff Day
Celebrate the day by eating cream puffs! Make your own, buy them at a store, or visit Beard Papa.