Coffee, as it was prepared then in Istanbul, was a concoction of pulp in water. The Viennese did not take to this, and business was bad. Kolschitzky then, had the inspiration to filter his coffee, to add to it a spoon of cream and a spoon of honey. Success was immediate. This gave Kolschitzky the impetus, to start again.
First he decided to use every newspaper in the city. Then he asked a friend and local pastry cook, Peter Wender, to create a cake especially for him . “What can I make which is completely new?� objected Wender, �with only flour, sugar, eggs and milk, one can not make anything really different!” �Then, give it a new shape,� replied the cafe owner, �my coffee comes from the victory over the Turks, the Turks have a crescent on their flag. Make me something in the shape of a crescent.� Thus was born the Kippel, the basis of what is today called the �viennoiseries�.
Originally posted on May 26, 2006 @ 2:58 pm