What the French call ‘Viennoiseries’, we call Danish pastries. The French attribute their origin to Vienna and we think they come from Denmark. Who is right? I have learnt that these sweet treats arrived in Denmark in 1840 when Danish bakers supposedly went on strike and Viennese pastry chefs were brought in to fill the gap. The new recipes they introduced gave other Europeans, apricot custard turnovers, pains au chocolat, cinnamon snails and pain aux raisins, etc. Two Austrian men opened a shop in Paris to sell their ‘Viennoiseries’, so actually both names give clues to their origin.

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