Now Presenting: The Cronut–Half Croissant, Half Doughnut!
What is a Cronut?
A Cronut is the recent creation of Dominque Ansel, Pastry Chef and owner of the eponymous bakery in New York City. It took him two months and over 10 different recipes to perfect this glorious creation. It is an artful fusion of a donut with a croissant. It is not just a croissant that is fried.
The dough is laminated in a similar way to the croissant, but it has some adjustments made in the layering.
The Cronut is proofed and then fried in grapeseed oil at a temperature that creates the perfect texture.
They then get pumped full of cream, rolled in sugar, and glazed. It is is marvelous.
There is only one flavor each month. The debut flavor was rose vanilla in May. June’s flavor is lemon maple, and July’s reportedly will be dulce de leche. Delicious!
If you’re interested in obtaining one of these, you will need to plan ahead. The lines are long and despite increasing production, they still sell out. Pre-ordering is possible, but shipping and ordering online is not; Cronuts are delicate and have a short shelf life. They are best eaten very fresh. People have been seen weeping when they run out, and some customers have been mean to the baristas working in the shop. Be nice, people!
Interestingly, a Cronut black market has popped up on Craigslist, where people basically scalp Cronuts and offer delivery. The normal price is about $5 each from the shop, and there have been Craigslist ads asking for over 30 dollars per Cronut! Insanity!
Luckily, according to their website, they are trying to workout a way to bring them to the rest of the nation. We hope it’s soon! Visit the Dominique Ansel website to learn more about the Cronut!