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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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                    Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                    1. Breathe

                    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                    2. Loosen up

                    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                    3. Chew slowly

                    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                    4. Let go

                    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                    It’s not. Promise.

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                    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                    5. Enjoy the journey

                    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                    6. Look at the big picture

                    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                    Will this matter to me…

                    • Next week?
                    • Next month?
                    • Next year?
                    • In 10 years?

                    Hint: No, it won’t.

                    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                    8. Practice patience every day

                    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                    Final thoughts

                    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

                    Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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