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Texas State Pastries

Sopaipilla and Strudel Adopted: June 22, 2003
Texas state pastries
Texas State Pastry: Sopaipilla

When House Concurrent Resolution No. 92 was introduced on March 23, 2003, it proposed that sopaipilla be named the official pastry of the State of Texas.

This changed on May 16, 2003 when two amendments were approved without opposition.

The first amendment, proposed by Representative David Hilderbran, added the wording that would expire this designation on January 31, 2005. In other words, sopaipilla would only retain the title of official state pastry for 1 1/2 years.

The second amendment, proposed by Representative Carter Casteel, added strudal as an official pastry.

House Concurrent Resolution 92, with amendments, went on to pass in the State Senate on May 28, 2003.

H.C.R. No. 92

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, The State of Texas has customarily recognized a variety of official state symbols as tangible representations of the state's historical and cultural heritage; and

WHEREAS, Among such icons are the rodeo, the state sport; the guitar, the state musical instrument; and chili, the state dish; and

WHEREAS, In keeping with this custom, the designation of the sopaipilla and strudel as the official State Pastries of Texas shall provide suitable recognition for these historic symbols of the state's cultural heritage, for the sopaipilla and strudel are some of the earliest pastries known to have been made in Texas; and

WHEREAS, The primary ingredient of the sopaipilla and strudel is wheat flour, the use of which in Texas can be traced as far back as 1682 in Ysleta, the oldest continuously occupied community in the state; located in present-day El Paso County, Ysleta is the site of a mission established by Franciscan friars and Tigua Pueblo Indians; the Tigua planted, harvested, and ground wheat for use in meals that they prepared for the friars, and by the 1730s they were cultivating wheat for themselves; and

WHEREAS, Like the grain from which it is made, the wheat flour tortilla, too, can be traced to the El Paso area; it was produced there several hundred years ago by the Tigua, using lard from domesticated pigs, yet another item introduced in Texas by the Spaniards; the Tigua, who originally helped to raise pigs for the friars, had adopted the animals as a source for their own meals as early as the second quarter of the 18th century; and

WHEREAS, Generally made from a flour dough recipe, the sopaipilla was deep-fried in lard in earlier times and today is fried in healthier oils; it has been known by the Tigua of the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo as "Indian fry bread" for well over a hundred years and is enjoyed by them on a variety of occasions; and

WHEREAS, Widely known throughout the great State of Texas and across the nation, the sopaipilla and strudel are served in restaurants and cooked at home, both from family recipes and from store-bought mixes; the sopaipilla may be topped with honey, cinnamon, or powdered sugar and may even be stuffed with beans, meat, or ice cream; and

WHEREAS, The sopaipilla and strudel stand out among Texas pastries because of their historic origins and universal appeal; embraced today by Texans of every ethnic background, the sopaipilla and strudel constitute a much-savored part of Texans' shared cultural identity; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the 78th Legislature of the State of Texas hereby designate the sopaipilla and the strudel as the official State Pastries of Texas until January 31, 2005.

Both sopaipilla and strudel were designated official pastries of the State of Texas when Governor Rick Perry signed House Concurrent Resolution No. 92 on June 22, 2003.

Though we still see articles referring to Texas' state sopaipilla and strudel, officially Texas is now without an official pastry.

The state snack, tortilla chips and salsa, and the state railroad, also adopted in 2003, were not encumbered with an expiration date.


Sources...

The State of Texas. Legislative Reference Library. House Concurrent Resolution No. 92. Austin: The State of Texas, 2003. Web. <http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=78R&Bill=HCR92>.


Additional Information

Strudel: The German Food Guide: The Complete Online Guide to German Food in America.

Sopaipilla: Epicurious food dictionary.

Strudel and Sopaipilla: Recipes from the Food Network.

Strudel and Sopaipilla: Recipes from AllRecipes.com.

Strudel and Sopaipilla: Recipes from Cooks.com.

State foods: Complete list of official state foods from NETSTATE.COM

More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Texas state symbols from NETSTATE.COM.

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