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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 March 13, 2019

                    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                    1. Work on the small tasks.

                    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                    2. Take a break from your work desk.

                    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                    3. Upgrade yourself

                    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                    4. Talk to a friend.

                    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                    7. Read a book (or blog).

                    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                    8. Have a quick nap.

                    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                    9. Remember why you are doing this.

                    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                    10. Find some competition.

                    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                    11. Go exercise.

                    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                    12. Take a good break.

                    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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