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A Croissant is a butter-laden flaky French pastry, named for its distinctive crescent shape. Croissants are made by layering pastry with butter and rolling and folding many times in succession.

Croissant pastry can also be wrapped around chocolate before it is baked, or sliced and filled with sweet or savoury toppings.

It originated in the 8th century, as a meal to celebrate the Christian victory in the Battle of Tours.

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