Katrina makes a [k]ronut

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Cronuts, fonuts, whatever you want to call them (actually don't call them a cronut, it's trademarked) – the latest sweet baked confection to have a stranglehold on pastry cabinets the world over is the cronut. That is, a doughnut meets a croissant.

How you can take the glutton’s epitome of chic, the croissant, and blend it with the street cart fried, glazed, filled, and sprinkled pouf of dough ala the doughnut has me perplexed. Ok concerned. And morbidly fascinated. I can’t keep up. Trend do as trend tells, put down the cupcakes, throw your macarons to the wind and embrace the cronut. Exhausting non?

All the while, what I really want is the cannele (my all time favourite pastry item) to take full flight. But I do love a croissant. And I certainly don’t say no to a doughnut. So while I wait patiently for the cannele trend (c’mon people) I’ll delve into the world of cronuts. And I like them. Perhaps a whole lot more than I should.

I’ve used a rough puff pastry here rather than the more complicated laminating process required for traditional croissant dough. If you have the time and patience, I think it would pay off in even more light and lovely layers.  To make it a wee bit fa-ancy, I’ve used a Turkish delight cream, a rose glaze topped with some crushed pistachio.  If you can’t be bothered with these elements, they are just as good doused in a healthy coating of cinnamon and sugar.

La Cronut

Turkish delight and pistachio cronuts

You will need to begin this recipe one day ahead.

Ingredients

Dough

60ml tepid milk

60ml tepid water

125g plain flour, sifted

125g bread flour, sifted

7g sachet, active yeast

45g brown sugar

Pinch of salt

150g butter, diced and cold

Vegetable oil for deep frying.

Pistachio nuts, crushed for topping

 

Pastry cream

3 egg yolks

75g caster sugar

25g plain flour

230ml milk

60ml pouring cream (30)

4 pieces of Turkish delight, chopped

 

Glaze

120g caster sugar

4 raspberries, crushed

225g icing sugar, sifted

3 tsp rosewater

 

Method

Place the milk, water, sugar and yeast into a medium bowl and mix to combine, set aside. Place the flours, and salt into the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine. Add the butter pieces and pulse until the butter is in small pieces. You only need to pulse for about three seconds – you want small chunks of butter to remain – don’t over process. Add to the milk mixture and bring the dough together. Lightly knead to form a ball of dough. Cover with plastic wrap and leave to rest in the fridge for 3 hours.

After the dough has rested, place it on a floured work surface. Roll the dough out into a roughly 20cm x 40cm rectangle. Fold the dough in thirds, like a business letter brushing off any excess flour, this is the first turn. Turn the dough 90° so that the folds are facing you. Repeat the rolling and folding process two more times, giving the dough a total of three turns. Wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate overnight before using.Use a cookie cutter to cut doughnut shapes from the dough and set aside for 30 minutes to rest. For the Turkish delight cream, whisk yolks and sugar until pale, add flour and whisk to combine. Bring milk, cream and Turkish delight pieces to the simmer in a saucepan over high heat, stirring until the Turkish delight pieces break down. Add to yolk mixture, whisk to combine, then return to pan and whisk continuously over medium-high heat until bubbling and thick (3-5 minutes). Cover closely with plastic wrap and cool to room temperature, then transfer to a piping bag fitted with a 4mm nozzle.

For rosewater glaze, combine sugar and 50ml water in a small saucepan, stir over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, add raspberries, simmer until syrupy (2-3 minutes). Strain into a heatproof bowl, add icing sugar, whisk until smooth, then whisk in rosewater and set aside.

Heat oil in a large saucepan or deep-fryer to 170C, then deep-fry cronuts in batches, turning occasionally, until puffed and golden (3-5 minutes; be careful, hot oil will spit). Drain on absorbent paper, gently insert nozzle of piping bag into one side and fill with pastry cream. Dust with caster sugar, spoon over glaze and top with crushed pistachios. Serve warm or at room temperature.

 

6 comments

  • Comment for the Kitchen Croquette. Hi there Katrina you can buy Cannele in Tokyo! I too love them & can't get over the fact that you can't buy them in Sydney, even though we live close to French Patisseries.

    Commenter
    Bring on the Canneles
    Date and time
    June 27, 2013, 4:15PM
    • Unfortunately, indigestion is setting in just looking at this one!

      How about some recipes for healthy, delicious desserts? Think a LOT less fat and sugar and salt, maybe more fresh fruit, unsalted nuts? There's got to be someone out there with imagination!

      Commenter
      Looking for a change
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      June 27, 2013, 4:48PM
      • Pfft to healthy, I want one. In fact I think I want two - with ice cream!

        Commenter
        Kev
        Date and time
        June 27, 2013, 5:54PM
    • That recipe looks great - I ate some fantastic "cronuts" at Frenchs Forest Organic Markets last Sunday (in Sydney). You could have them plain or with custard. They really just melted in your mouth - surprisingly light. There is also usually a stall selling Cannele at Frenchs Forest markets, but the stallholder is away all July. They are great as well - he always has the traditional cannele, but sometimes will have them with mandarin or prune varieties. Love them!!

      Commenter
      Ally
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      June 28, 2013, 7:45AM
      • Great recipe, Cronut's are all the rage at the moment, I'm looking forward to giving this one a shot (will substitute the turkish delight) and also going to Movida's to try one of theirs... Nothing wrong with eating something like this if the rest of your diet is clean...

        Commenter
        Johnny
        Date and time
        June 28, 2013, 8:42AM
        • If I can't whip it up in a single day, It's not making it into this pirate's galley!

          Commenter
          Cap'n Morgan
          Location
          Sydney
          Date and time
          June 28, 2013, 3:23PM
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