Cronuts, fonuts, whatever you want to call them – 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?
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.
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|Type of dish||Sweet treat|
|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|
|3 egg yolks|
|75g caster sugar|
|25g plain flour|
|60ml pouring cream (30)|
|4 pieces of Turkish delight, chopped|
|120g caster sugar|
|225g icing sugar, sifted|
|4 raspberries, crushed|
|3 tsp rosewater|
1.Place the milk, water, sugar and yeast into a medium bowl and mix to combine, set aside.
2.Place the flours, and salt into the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine.
3.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.
4.Add to the milk mixture and bring the dough together.
5.Lightly knead to form a ball of dough. Cover with plastic wrap and leave to rest in the fridge for 3 hours.
6.After the dough has rested, place it on a floured work surface. Roll the dough out into a roughly 20cm x 40cm rectangle.
7.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.
8.Repeat the rolling and folding process two more times, giving the dough a total of three turns.
9.Wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate overnight before using.
10.Use a cookie cutter to cut doughnut shapes from the dough and set aside for 30 minutes to rest.
11.For the Turkish delight cream, whisk yolks and sugar until pale, add flour and whisk to combine.
12.Bring milk, cream and Turkish delight pieces to the simmer in a saucepan over high heat, stirring until the Turkish delight pieces break down.
13. 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).
14.Cover closely with plastic wrap and cool to room temperature, then transfer to a piping bag fitted with a 4mm nozzle.
15.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).
16.Strain into a heatproof bowl, add icing sugar, whisk until smooth, then whisk in rosewater and set aside.
17.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).
18.Drain on absorbent paper, gently insert nozzle of piping bag into one side and fill with pastry cream.
19.Dust with caster sugar, spoon over glaze and top with crushed pistachios.
20.Serve warm or at room temperature.
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