Ever heard of the Cronut before?

This is something that I think more people need to know about and although this isn’t a bagel or anything related to that it’s something that’s really interesting and I think that if you’ve got a flair for things like this and are looking for a sweet little treat that’ll bring you back to your bagel days or maybe even your younger years then I really think you’re going to like the Cronut.

The Cronut in case you didn’t know was something that has recently been invented and has a lot of people scratching their head because this is really something no one’s seen before.

Here’s what Dominique Ansel has to say about the Cronut (The inventor):

The Cronut™ pastry is the unique creation by Chef Dominique Ansel that many have described to be a croissant-doughnut hybrid. After its launch on May 10, 2013, Cronut™ pastry fans spanned the world from Berlin to Singapore, making it the most virally talked about dessert item in history.

The Cronut™ brand and product  is a registered trademark of Dominique Ansel Bakery internationally. As it is associated with innovation, we are proud that the Cronut™ brand is affiliated with our bakery and baking philosophy to bring you constant creativity. Please beware of imitation items claiming affiliation with the bakery.

As you can see there have been a lot of people talking about this and although it only was released last year there are still a ton of people out there that are lining up to try one of these out. I know for me I’ve been big on these things for awhile and after I first saw what they were I was really surprised and thought that I must have been dreaming…

…after tasting one I knew I was and I know this is Bagel King and we’re known for our bagels but if you’re looking for a sweeter alternative then I really think you’re going to want to give these a try.

The “Cronut”

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The Cronut is honestly one of those paragons of the modern world…it’s interesting but at the same time it’s like…what is it? This is something that I really think people need to know about because they’re actually not half bad and if you like sweet things then I really think you’ll enjoy this.

Now as you know this was made only a year or two ago and this is something that I really want you to check out because it’s actually quite unique and even if it’s novelty item I still think that you’re going to love these.

How It’s Made

Taking 2 months and more than 10 recipes, Chef Dominique Ansel’s creation is not to be mistaken as simply croissant dough that has been fried. Made with a laminated dough which has been likened to a croissant (but uses a proprietary recipe), the Cronut™ pastry is first proofed and then fried in grapeseed oil at a specific temperature. Once cooked, each Cronut™ pastry is flavored in three ways: 1. rolled in sugar; 2. filled with cream; and 3. topped with glaze. The Cronut™ pastries are made fresh daily, and completely done in house. The entire process takes up to 3 days.

There is only one flavor of the Cronut™ pastry every month. Here are the flavors we’ve had: May – Rose Vanilla; June – Lemon Maple; July –  Blackberry Lime; August – Coconut; September –  Fig Mascarpone; October- Apple Creme Fraiche; November – Salted Dulce de Leche; December -Valrhona Chocolate Champagne; January – Peanut Butter Rum Caramel; February – Raspberry Lychee; March – Milk & Honey (with hint of lavender); April – Passion Fruit Caramelia; May – Blueberry Lemon Verbena; June – Strawberry Balsamic and Mascarpone; July – Morello Cherry with Toasted Almond Cream; August – Yellow Peach Black Team.  For September, it is Bosc Pear &  Sage Cream (with mixed citrus sugar).

Please eat the Cronut™ pastry immediately as it has a short shelf life. And if you do cut, please use a serrated knife, so as not to crush the layers. Never refrigerate these treats as the humidity from the refrigerator will cause them to go stale and soggy. Since the Cronut™ pastries are filled with cream, we do not recommend serving them warm or hot.

As you can see this is really an interesting thing to make and honestly this is probably one of the more unique items out there and it’s something that you have to try. I know for me I’ve been big on this type of treat for awhile and after seeing some of the things that were being made from these I knew I was going to have to test it out…

…Upon first glance I didn’t think that they were going to really taste that good, in fact, this looked more like some kind of gimic instead of something to be eaten, however I cast my doubt aside and decided to go out and try one of these. Now personally, I’m the type that will try anything once but after seeing these things I was really skeptical and knew that I wasn’t going to be in for another run around the park…

…I walked in and ordered my cronut and after trying it I was really surprised at what I tasted…these things are great! They’re really flaky and this comes from the fact that they’re obviously fashioned out of a croissant giving them their flaky appearance and texture and this was definitely one of the better things you could expect to taste considering it was made from an old croissant!

The Verdict

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Well, these things aren’t going to replace any bagels but in my opinion this is a great little novelty dish that I think you’re going to really enjoy if you’ve got a sweet tooth and are looking for things to sink your teeth into. I know for me I’m always down to try out new things and honestly this one left me pleasantly surprised…these were actually quite good!

I’d say go for it…if you’re looking for something sweet and you’ve got a little bit of time on your hands go out to your local bakery and see if you can get one of these for yourself…they’ve got a great taste and are something that I really think you’re going to enjoy if you get the chance to try it…

Conclusion

In conclusion I’d like to state that I really enjoyed trying this thing out. I think that the novelty of this thing is great but at the same time there’s some things no bagel can replace, the cronut is great but on a normal day nothing beats a plain bagel and some cream cheese.

Now if you’re more geared towards sweet things like some of my friends are then you’ll notice that this is probably one of the better things you’ve tried out but just know that these things are really rich and are going to put quite a dent in your waistline if you aren’t careful!

If there’s anything you’ve got questions about or any comments that you’d like to leave then please feel free to leave them below and I’d be more than happy to take a look at whatever it is you might be having trouble with. Also be sure to check back next week for our ongoing “Baking Series” and see what else we’ll have in store for you, until then!