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Plate of croissants
A ham and cheese croissant

The croissant is a type of bread. It is shaped like a crescent moon. It is usually a breakfast food. It is also called a crescent.[1] It can also be called a crescent roll, although a crescent roll may be smaller.[2] It is not a quick bread. It is made of a variant of puff pastry. It can be eaten with savory or sweet fillings.

History[change | change source]

Breads shaped like crescents have been around since medieval times. Before the croissant, there was a version of the croissant called a "feteer meshaltet", which originated in Egypt. Many years later, a cresent-shaped version of the feteer mashltet was made. It was called "feteer halali" (crescent feteer). The feteer halali became popular throughout Europe, especially France. Later, the feteer halali became known as a croissant.[3][4][5] Croissants used to be high-class food.

Now they can be bought frozen which can be cooked with only a little work. .

References[change | change source]

  1. Oxford English Dictionary, s.v. crescent.
  2. Williamson, Charles Norris (1906). Rosemary: A Christmas Story. A.L. Burt. p. 43. On a small table at her side a tray had been left, with the remains of dejeuner; a jug stained brown with streaks of coffee; a crumbled crescent roll...
  3. عبدالقادر, اسراء (June 8, 2017). "حكاية أكلة.."الفطير المشلتت" من قرابين لآلهة الفراعنة لأكلة "الصباحية"". اليوم السابع. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  4. Amira (May 24, 2013). "Egyptian Feteer Meshaltet". Amira's Pantry. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  5. Marzouk, Sarah (February 12, 2017). "A Brief History of Fiteer, Egypt's Pizza-Like Pastry". The Culture Trip. Retrieved June 26, 2018.