1442, "food made with paste," not originally limited to sweets, from M.E. paste (see paste (n.)), probably influenced by O.Fr. pastaierie "pastry," from pastoier "pastry cook," from paste (see paste (n.)); also borrowed from M.L. pasteria "pastry,"
from L. pasta. Specific sense of "small confection made of pastry" is from 1906.