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9 Super Tasty Homemade Cronuts Recipes

9 Super Tasty Homemade Cronuts Recipes

What the heck is a Cronut? Well, here it is from the proverbial ‘horse’s mouth’ (I wouldn’t tell Chef Dominique Ansel that we referred to him as a horse, though. Deal?):

“The Cronut® is the unique pastry creation by Chef Dominique Ansel that many have described to be a croissant-doughnut hybrid … The Cronut® brand and product  is a registered trademark of Dominique Ansel Bakery both in the US and internationally.” – Dominique Ansel Bakery.

So the Cronut® is trademarked … but that just means that you can’t make a doughnut-croissant hybrid, call it a ‘Cronut’ and sell it.

It doesn’t mean you can’t make ‘Cronuts’ from one of these recipes and eat them yourself!

Here are nine ‘fake’ Cronuts recipes that have been puzzled out by brilliant, at-home experimenters. Since the basic Cronut recipe doesn’t vary much — variations come from the flavors used for the glaze and the filling — these recipes are roughly arranged by culinary skill, from the easiest to most difficult.

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Disclaimer: To me, any mention of yeast automatically puts cooking of any kind into the ‘master chef’ realm, so if you disagree with my hierarchy … you’re probably right.

1. Easy Chocolate Glazed Cronuts

This article details Kirbie’s kitchen experiments with Trader Joe’s croissants. Read and learn …

Chocolate Glazed Cronuts

    2. From Pillsbury: The Salted Caramel Crescent Doughnut

    Caramel topping, vanilla pudding, Kosher salt, and Pillsbury crescent dinner rolls — what’s not to love?

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    pillsbury salted caramel cronut

      3. The Easiest Homemade Cronut Yet

      Here’s another recipe based on Pillsbury’s crescent dinner rolls, and it includes recipes for the classic cinnamon sugar topping, a vanilla glaze, and a lemon glaze. Note that for the easier recipes such as this one, to get the filling inside you simply split the pastry open, spread the filling, and then reassemble.

      Cinnamon-Sugar Cronut

        4. Vegan Cronut

        This uses a premade puff pastry dough, so to me it still qualifies as ‘easy.’ With chocolate, banana, soy milk, and sugar cane, who said being vegan had to be boring?

        Vegan Cronut

          5. Your Basic Glazed Cronut

          This recipe mentions yeast, so we’re officially out of the ‘culinary moron’ level, and therefore way over my head in terms of the cooking skills needed. However, this page includes great videos and a ‘Kitchen View’ option for when you’re ‘on the job.’

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          plain cronut

            6. Old-School Puff Pastry Cronut

            Includes great how-to photos and detailed instructions on how to make a puff pastry and a maple glaze. Impressive! 

            Puff Pastry Cronut

              7. Honey-Dipped, Vanilla-Bean-Cream-Filled Cronuts

              These lovelies are actually deep fried in grapeseed oil, just like the real Cronuts. However, if you’re not up to discussions on the smoke point of grapeseed oil, you don’t know the difference between a Pasta Sfoglia Brioche dough and a basic croissant dough, and you don’t have three days to invest in this process, I’d stick with one of the easier recipes.

              Vanilla Bean Cream Filled Croissant Doughnuts

                8. For the Purist: The Totally From Scratch Cronut

                This recipe even includes instructions on how to make the filling, which you inject like you would at a real bakery! (Injected, not spread! Wow!) Definitely a recipe for the committed, experienced cook.

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                The Purist's Cronut

                  9. The Metric Cronut with Vanilla Cream and Orange Blossom Glaze

                  And one final recipe for seriously skilled cooks, using metric measurements for our friends across the pond (and everywhere else in the world).

                  Metric Cronuts

                    A Final Word

                    I admit it: I’ve never actually eaten a Cronut. This fact makes me a complete hack who is utterly unqualified to be writing this article. I am, however, open to educational opportunities, so if one of you, my dear readers, should feel inspired to enlighten me, I’m quite available for coaching. I’m also happy to engage in any taste tests of your experiments; we can’t have you serving a substandard product to your guests, you know. Perhaps I could even write a future follow-up article to make up for my current lack of Cronut knowledge, pending further research … extensive research … lots and lots of research …

                    Featured photo credit: The Cronut/justjenn via flickr.com

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                    How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

                    As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

                    “Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

                    When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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                    Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

                    We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

                    But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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                    So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

                    It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

                    1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

                    Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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                    2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

                    This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

                    You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

                    3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

                    This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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                    4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

                    How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

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                    If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

                    And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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