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Lemon Chiffon Cake Day

Slice-of-Lemon-Chiffon-Cake-2-e1363107867246March 29 is Lemon Chiffon Cake Day! This tasty dessert has a lighter-than-air texture not found in most cakes with the addition of zesty lemon flavor – yum!

Chiffon cake was the invention of a former insurance salesman named Harry Baker, who turned to catering and concocted the cake recipe in 1927. He began selling his chiffon-like creations to the Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles, and pretty soon all of Hollywood was swooning over his cakes and their fluffy texture. Baker kept the recipe a secret for 20 years before finally selling it to General Mills, who own the Betty Crocker brand. General Mills then published the recipe for the newly named “Chiffon Cake” in Better Homes & Gardens in 1948, marketing it as “the first new cake in 100 years.”

The cake skyrocketed in popularity and it’s secret to fluffiness was finally revealed – Baker had used vegetable oil instead of butter to get the light airy texture everyone loved. Using vegetable oil, combined with eggs, sugar, flour, and baking powder, chiffon cake takes on a structure which is a combination of batter and foam cakes. It is left with a moist texture that stays at it’s best when refrigerated, meaning you can amp up the flavor with the addition of fresh fruit, ice cream, or pastry cream.

Because of their lack of butter, chiffon cakes are inherently lower in saturated fat than regular batter cakes. The lack of butter also contributes to chiffon cakes being less rich in flavor, so compensations are usually made by the addition of icings and other toppings and fillings.

If you would like to celebrate today, here are a few recipes we found for some deliciously tart and fluffy lemon chiffon cakes:

Sources: CNN’s Eatocracy, Punchbowl, Foodimentary

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National Coconut Torte Day

coconut torteMarch 13 is National Coconut Torte Day! A torte is a luscious multi-layered cake dessert filled with heavy creams or fruits. You can deduce then that a coconut torte is a multi-layered creamy treat topped with coconut goodness. Yum!

What makes a torte different from a regular cake, you say? Tortes differ from cakes in that they are usually made with very little or no flour. Instead, breadcrumbs or ground nuts take the place of flour as the base and sugar, eggs, and other flavorings are added as well. In between the spongey layers of the torte, you will usually find buttercream, whipped cream, mousse, jam, icing, or fruit. The torte is then typically cooled, glazed and garnished. Because today is National Coconut Torte Day, be sure to top your torte with coconut, and maybe add some to the layers in between for good measure.

To celebrate, try one of these coconut torte recipes below, and add a scoop of ice cream on the side if the torte itself is not enough indulgence for you!

Sources: CNN’s Eatocracy, Examiner.com, Wikipedia

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National Cream Cheese Brownie Day

creamcheesebrowniesFebruary 10 is National Cream Cheese Brownie Day! Regular brownies are already a delicious chocolate baked confection loved by many, but the addition of the somewhat savory and tangy cream cheese takes the popular dessert to an even more delectable level.

Desserts going by the name “brownie” have been around since the 1800s, but brownies as we enjoy them today can be traced back to 1906. The cake-like treat made its debut in 1906 in The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book. This first recipe, however, was much less sweet than brownie recipes that exist today as it only called for two squares of baking chocolate. As our sweet tooth has evolved over the years, so has the brownie, going from just a simple semi-sweet chocolate cake to elaborate chocolate confections loaded with extras. Popular additions include nuts, caramel, peanut butter, peppermint, fruit, and that extra something that makes this day so special – cream cheese.

Cream cheese is a very soft and mild cheese that is often known for its more savory qualities, but it is often used in other desserts. It is most often used in cheesecake, but when added to brownies, it gives the dessert an extra tart taste and makes the texture slightly more squishy. In addition to giving regular brownies another complementary flavor, when swirled in with brownie mix, it makes the treats have an attractive “marble” pattern.

To celebrate this sweet holiday, try out some of these various cream cheese brownie recipes!

Sources: Bubblenews, Punchbowl, Examiner.com

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Cream Puff Day

cream puffJanuary 2 is Cream Puff Day! Cream puffs are small puffy pastry desserts filled with cream. Though the origin of cream puffs are not specifically known, they are thought to have originated in France in the 1500s, and were first found on American menus in the 1800s.

The dough used to make cream puffs is called pâte à choux, and it is made differently than other dough. Instead of being made in a mixer, pâte à choux is made by adding flour to boiled water and butter. It is then cooked at a high temperature until you get hollow balls of dough. Another popular dessert made using pâte à choux is beignets. Unlike beignets however, cream puffs are baked rather than fried. After the puffed balls of dough are taken out of the oven, they are cut in half to let steam that has collected inside out. If the puffs are not cut, they will deflate when cooling. The filling is then sandwiched between the two puffed halves. Cream puffs are often filled with whipped cream, pastry cream, and sometimes even ice cream! Some enjoy their cream puffs with nothing on top, while others prefer to top them with powdered sugar, chocolate, caramel, or whatever delightful sweet topping comes to mind.

Though it is up for debate, it is thought that cream puffs got their start in France in the 1540s when the pastry chef of Catherine de Medici first created the puffed treats for Medici’s husband, Henry II of France. The dessert first appeared on American menus in 1851.

We’ve gathered up some tasty cream puffs recipes for you to try out today in celebration of this delicious dessert’s day:

Happy Cream Puff Day!

Sources: Punchbowl, CNN’s Eatocracy, Examiner.com, National Day Calendar

 

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National Parfait Day

FreshFruitParfaitNovember 25 is National Parfait Day! Literally meaning “perfect” in French, parfaits are the perfect way to make any sour day a little more sweet.

Parfaits originated as a frozen dessert in France in 1894, and were traditionally made with sugar syrup, cream, and eggs. Parfaits in the United States differ slightly, but many different takes on the parfait have been created. You can go with a more desert like parfait that layers ice cream, parfait cream, Jell-O, and whipped cream or the slightly healthier option of yogurt layered with granola, nuts, and fruit! Just as long as you create a sweet and creamy concoction in a tall glass, your parfait can include pretty much anything.

Here are some of the most scrumptious parfait recipes we could find – celebrate by trying one out!

Sources: Punchbowl, National Whatever Day, CNN Eatocracy

 

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National Truffles Day

May 2 is National Truffles Day!

Truffles are chocolate based confections that are filled with a creamy ganache and topped with cocoa powder, hard shell chocolate, icing, chopped nuts, or drizzled chocolate. There are three main types of truffles which vary in their preparation slightly: American, European, and Swiss.

French Patissiere Louis Dufour invented the chocolate truffle in Chambery, France in 1895. The chocolate covered ganache balls looked a lot like black mushroom truffles that grew deep in the forest, so the confections were named after them.

A few years later, Antoine Dufour opened the Prestat Chocolate Shop in London, which is credited for the popularization of chocolate truffles in the UK and beyond.

Celebrate National Truffles Day by – what else? – eating truffles!

Sources: Punch Bowl, Wikipedia

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Chocolate Mint Day

February 19 is Chocolate Mint Day!

The US National Confectioners Association has declared February 19 as Chocolate Mint Day, so let’s celebrate! Chocolate mint is a type of flavored chocolate created by combining a mint flavoring with chocolate. Most commonly, peppermint, spearmint, and crème de menthe are used.

Chocolate mint is found in candy, cookies, ice cream, hot chocolate, and many more edible goodies. Enjoy today by treating yourself to some delicious chocolate mint confections!

Here is a list of recipes featuring chocolate mint that you could try! Plus, it’s Girl Scout Cookie season, so a box of Thin Mints is a perfect way to celebrate!

Sources: Wikipedia

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National Peanut Brittle Day

January 26 is National Peanut Brittle Day!

Peanut brittle was one of the first types of candy ever made. Although the exact origin is unknown, it is widely believed that the Irish would indulge in sugar coated peanuts for dessert. They later added a type of syrup to the mixture, thus making an early version of peanut brittle.

Celebrate National Peanut Brittle Day by heading over to your favorite confections store to pick some up, or learn how to make your own peanut brittle.

Sources: Punchbowl, Squidoo

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National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

On January 15, we celebrate National Strawberry Ice Cream Day!

While the exact origin of strawberry ice cream is unknown, one of the first documented uses of the icy treat was in 1744 when Maryland Governor Thomas Bladen would serve it to guests and dignitaries visiting his home.

Strawberry ice cream was one of the first flavors ever invented, which adds up, seeing as early versions of ice cream were vanilla based with fruit chunks mixed in. Today, strawberry is the third most popular ice cream flavor among Americans, right behind vanilla and chocolate.

Celebrate National Strawberry Ice Cream Day by treating yourself to a few scoops of the delicious frozen dessert or having an ice cream social with your friends and family. Or, you can make your own strawberry ice cream by following this recipe.

Sources: Gone-ta-Pott, Ice Cream Journal

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National Apple Dumpling Day

September 17 is National Apple Dumpling Day!

Apple dumplings are crispy pastries with a warm, sweet and cinnamon-y, apple-filled center. Native to the northeastern United States, particularly around Pennsylvania, apple dumplings are commonly eaten at breakfast or with vanilla ice cream as a a dessert.

Make your own apple dumplings to celebrate this fall treat:

Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings

Country Apple Dumplings

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, wikipedia.org
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