Why are Some Croissants Straight, and Others Curved?

Posted on
Jan 12, 2015
 

Croissant doodles!

 

“I wonder why some croissants are straight and others are curved.”

“It has to do with butter content.”

“Wait, what?”

“The ones that are straight are made from butter. If they’re curved, they’re made from other fats, like margarine or whatever.”

“WAIT, WHAT?”

“Yeah. In France, it’s the law. I don’t think the rule holds true in the states, though.”

“WHY HAVEN’T YOU WRITTEN ABOUT THIS ON YOUR BLOG?”

“I … I guess I didn’t think it was important?”

“It is literally the most important thing you have ever told me, ever.”

And so, at my husband’s request, today is about croissants. And yes, there are laws about this in France. Actual laws. Can you see why I love that country so much? They take their baked goods seriously, damn it.

The law, as I mention above, is pretty simple – if you have a straight croissant (which is kind of an oxymoron, since the word croissant actually means “crescent”) in France, it will be an all-butter croissant.

Croissants that use any other type of fat (even if it’s something like 95% butter and 5% margarine) cannot be straight (and will usually be in the iconic crescent shape).

Here’s the thing, though – even though all straight croissants are made from butter, not all butter croissants are straight. They can be whatever shape they want to be. (It’s like the rule about how all squares are rectangles but not all rectangles are squares.)

I have made a few relevant doodles to help illustrate this, per my husband’s request.ย First, a quick way to remember that all-butter croissants are straight (hint: straight croissant = straight stick of butter.)

Fact: It is very hard to draw a straight croissant that doesn’t look like a sweet potato.

 

And because I realize that the drawing above is an oversimplification (and that a curved croissant isn’t necessarily not all-butter), I made this Venn diagram:

 

Also, tracing circles is hard, y’all.

 

In my research, I learned a few more croissant-related facts (note: when your job entails that phrase, life is good):

  • You don’t put butter on an-all butter croissant. Jam is totally acceptable, but butter is overkill.
  • Youย canย put butter on a not-all-butter croissant, but you should not cut it in half and smear butter on the halves. Instead you butter the end, take a bite, then butter it again and take another bite. Butter, bite. Butter, bite.

And there you have it. The most important piece of information to have ever appeared on my blog. Bon appetit!

Leave a Comment

More from The Blog

On Instagram @theeverywhereist

  • I told him to stop looking at the camera.
  • Eating junk food on the ferry with this guy right before dinner is kind of the dream.
  • Does it still count as photobombing when you love it?
  • Some hardcore stuff happening in the studio today. #muglife #ceramics
  • Determined to pressure wash my deck on my own.  First, I couldn't get the machine started (they gave me incorrect instructions, I later learned). Then a tube broke, sending water everywhere. I got soaked. They brought over a replacement machine and I FINALLY GOT TO PRESSURE WASH.  For five minutes. Before it ran out of gas (they forgot to fill it). So tomorrow they'll be bringing me some gas. But if you are wondering why I don't just "do it myself", THIS IS WHY. ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ญ #DIYFAIL #newhomeowner
  • Yesterday I picked up my James Beard Award from some of the most wonderful humans, wore it all around Manhattan while grinning like an asshole, and made my friends try it on at dinner.
  • He just walked from Hell's Kitchen to Chelsea with this cookie in tow for me. Who was I in a past life? Because I must have been a saint. #schmackarys
  • A friend gifted us this dish towel for obvious reasons. ๐Ÿ˜Š
  • DnD night with @pippinwaffles.
  • MRI time. I should have clarified: this isn't for my brain tumor, but to make sure I don't have some structural problems in my hip. I'm fine. My brain is fine! ๐Ÿ˜Š

All Over The Place

Buyย my book and I promise I'll never ask you for anything again.

BE AWESOME. BUY IT.