Viennoiserie could well be the most popular category of French pastry in the world, due to the croissant, its most well-known baked good. As it happens, however, the roll, which is in the shape of a crescent, isn’t actually as French as many think. It, in fact, came from the one-time Austrian Empire. The word […]
While made for pious reasons, among the more arousing pastries that the nuns made were the breast-shaped, sugar-glazed minni di virgin with a cherry-nipple topping. They were produced in Catania to honour Saint Agatha’s martyrdom and torture.
If it weren’t for the nuns and monks of Italy, we may not have had pastry, plumbing, and Plato. These religious Italians are credited with ensuring the safety of Western culture in the Dark Ages. As Western Europe was conquered and reformed by barbarians, convents and monasteries acted as safe havens.