Cronuts Donuts are a pastry that is still very new but already has quite the following. The craze for these pastries started when Chef Dominique Ansel created them for the first time. Not only did he sell hundreds of Cronuts Donuts in minutes, but he also introduced the world to his bakery, called Dominique Ansel Bakery.
What are Cronuts Donuts?
Cronuts are a delicious hybrid pastry that has taken the world by storm. A cross between a croissant and a doughnut, these pastries have a crispy exterior and a soft, doughy center. Everyone is trying to get their hands on one!
This article will teach you everything you need to know about this amazing trend while also giving you some great recipes that will help you make your own Cronuts Donuts!
How the Cronuts Craze Started
The Cronuts Donuts craze started with the invention of this pastry by Dominique Ansel, a French-born American chef. He got the idea from his childhood memories of eating a doughnut that was topped with cream and sugar. He combined a croissant and doughnut to make this new pastry in order to recreate his childhood snack and came up with Cronuts Donuts.
Dominique Ansel Bakery isn’t the only place in the world where you can get these pastries. After getting popular in New York City, this pastry made its way to other parts of the country including Los Angeles, where it became available at LA’s famous food truck Koja Kitchen.
There’s also a chain in Arkansas called Cronuts Donut, which has a few locations.
The Dominique Ansel Bakery Story
The Dominique Ansel Bakery story is very interesting. It all started when Chef Dominique Ansel was working at his family’s bakery in France. His father was a pastry chef and taught him everything he needed to know about the craft. When he came to the US, he got a job at Daniel Boulud’s acclaimed restaurant Daniel, where he learned how to work with savory food. He later moved on to cook for Alain Ducasse at the Essex House Hotel before opening up his own bakery in New York City.
Even though Chef Dominique Ansel has an extensive background in pastry making, Cronuts Donuts are his most famous treat that has taken the world by storm.
How to Make Ansel Bakery-Quality Cronuts Donuts
The Cronuts Donuts craze has taken the world by storm. What is even more amazing, though, are the recipes to make your own Cronut at home!
The best part about these recipes is that they are not complicated and can be done with ingredients you might already have in your kitchen. All you need is a croissant dough, butter or margarine, sugar, salt, and egg yolk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon for the filling. We will also teach you how to assemble it all! Check out our recipes below:
Croissant Dough Recipe
1 cup milk 1 tablespoon instant yeast 1 tablespoon white granulated sugar 4 cups flour 2 teaspoons salt 1/4 cup unsalted butter or lard
Croissant Dough Recipe Variation
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons instant yeast
- 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter or lard
Recipe Variation for Vegan Crusts
- 1/4 cup plant-based shortening
- 4 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 cup soy milk
- 2 tablespoons vegan yogurt (optional)
Recipes for the Pastry
If you’re looking to make your own Cronut at home, this recipe will help you out. It’s a pretty simple and straightforward process that even beginners can do with some guidance.
- Bowl of cool water
- Piping bag or Ziploc baggie
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (or other flavoring)
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups flour
- 2 tbsp milk powder (optional)
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
Mix the flour, milk powder (if using), and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the sugar and vanilla extract (or other flavoring). In another bowl beat the eggs together before adding them to the dry ingredients. Mix everything together until it becomes dough. Fill the piping bag with the dough and pipe it into long strips onto a greased cookie sheet or use a Ziploc baggie to cut out squares on the pan. Brush each strip with melted butter before baking at ~400 degrees, for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool before filling with cream or jelly if desired.
Chocolate-Filled Cronuts Donuts
If you’re looking for a decadent treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth, then try these chocolate-filled Cronuts Donuts. They are perfect for any dessert table or party because they can be eaten at any time of day!
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/2 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate
- Pillsbury croissant dough (thawed)
- Chocolate glaze
- Powdered sugar
- Powdered cocoa
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon water
Method: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Combine the water and chocolate in a microwaveable bowl and heat in 30 second intervals until mostly melted. Stir together until fully melted. Add milk if necessary to thin out the mixture.
Cut each croissant dough into 6 pieces (you should be left with 12 pieces). Roll out each piece of dough on a lightly floured surface to make about a 5×5 inch square shape. Spoon 1 teaspoon of the chocolate mixture onto the center of the dough and fold up one side over it like an envelope, sealing off the edges with your fingers. Repeat with all pieces of dough.
Cruffins: LA’s Version of Cronuts
Cronut Donuts are called cruffins in Los Angeles. This is because of the food truck’s owner Koja Kitchen, who started selling them before any other bakery or restaurant.
The recipe for Cronut Donuts is similar to that of croissants, but uses doughnut dough. The dough is fried in fat and then shaped into a ball before being dipped in sugar. When it cools, the pastry has a perfect consistency–light and airy on the inside with a crisp outer crust.
He also took inspiration from his honeymoon to Japan, where he tried a pastry-like dessert that was very similar to a Cronut Donuts made out of cake batter.
Banana Cream Pie Cronuts Donuts
This Cronut Donuts recipe is delicious, easy to make, and perfect for any occasion.
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 8 tbsp butter (unsalted)
- 1 egg yolk
- 6 tbsp ice water
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients until well mixed. Add in the cold butter and using your hands or a pastry blender mix until pea-sized chunks are formed. Pour in the egg yolk and mix until fully incorporated. Using your hands form dough into a flat disk about 1 inch thick.
Next, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to help it chill out before rolling out. Take out of fridge, then unwrap and roll out on a well-floured surface to about 1/4 inch thickness. Use an inverted bowl as a guide to cut circles with a biscuit cutter or cookie cutter – or use a knife if you don’t have one!
Lastly, transfer Cronut Donuts to an ungreased baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and let rise for 30 minutes before baking at 350 degrees F for 12-14 minutes, rotating once halfway through the cooking time.
How Do Cronuts Taste?
The pastry’s flavor ranges from sweet to savory, depending on the type of icing or glaze it’s topped with. The sweeter variety of icing will have more sugar added to it, while the more savory variety will have ingredients like bacon or ham added to it.
To taste one for yourself, head on over to New York City’s Dominique Ansel Bakery for this unique treat.
The Dominique Ansel Bakery is leading the charge for this new food trend and is winning the war on hearts and stomachs with their Cronut Donuts.
How Much do Cronuts Donuts Cost?
The average Cronut Donuts at the bakery costs $5.
The bakery is open only from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., but sells out quickly. You can expect to wait in line for at least two hours to get your hands on one of these crispy Cronut Donuts.
If you can’t make it to the Dominique Ansel Bakery in Soho, New York City, try one of our recipes above.
This new food trend is not going anywhere anytime soon.
Don’t miss out on your chance to try a Cronut today!
This is Pamir from the JarKitchen team. I am a chef who really likes cooking, learning, sharing. I believe cooking and eating is not just about flavor,flavor-matching, or need. It has a deeper meaning for me. At the end of the day, we are what we eat. Let’s learn, cook, share, and evolve together.