In French tradition (and in many other European countries) there is a day for each Saint. This began as a tradition in Catholic and Orthodox countries since the middle ages, each day is celebrated in commemoration of saints and martyrs of the church. In the past a newborn would be given the name of the Saint for the day they are born. Nowadays they may be given this Saint’s name as their second name. In France saint’s days are very important, it really is a 2nd birthday! I accidentally forgot my husbands name day this year so I’m making up for it today as Honoré is his second name. Perfect really because it gives us the chance to try the delicious Saint Honoré pastry! Saint Honoratus (Honoré) was the Patron of the Boulangers.
Saint Honoré (death 600AD) was the 7th Bishop of Amiens. He resisted being elected as bishop as he believed he was unworthy of the honour. Story goes that his nurse maid from his hometown could not believe he had been elevated to bishop and she declared she would only believe it if the peel (shovel like tool used by bakers to slide bread in and out of the oven) she was using to bake bread put down roots and turned into a tree. Well it did! This mulberry tree was still being shown in the 16th century. In 1659, Louis XIV declared that every baker observe the feast of Saint Honoratus. So gives us good reason devour this treat!