The famous Cronuts birthed in New York have now arrived in Southern California. The Cronut trend began at the hands of Dominique Ansel in his Manhattan bakery shop. If you haven’t heard of Cronuts and don’t know what they are, they are just as simple as their name. The name “Cronut” is not only trademarked by Ansel and his bakery but is derived from the words croissant and donut and the Cronut is just that; a hybrid croissant-donut. The Cronut is shaped like a donut but its texture is that of a croissant. The Cronut is fried in grape seed oil, rolled in sugar, filled with cream, and topped with glaze.
Back in New York, the Cronut claimed its fame because of how delicious and how difficult they were to obtain. People began forming endless lines to get their hands on the newly created delicacy, capturing the attention of many food networks, news outlets, and just about all other sources of social media. The word about Ansel’s Cronuts had spread quickly and many began to try their own hands at the Cronut.
Although many have given their try at making the perfect Cronut, the name is trademarked and you will not hear of it referred to as a Cronut in Southern California. Spudnuts Donuts in Canoga Park and Newbury Park created the “doughssant” an imitation of the Cronut. The doughssant is sliced in half and can be filled with custard, banana cream, Nutella, fresh strawberries, lemon glaze, peach, as well as maple bacon. “Our customers went crazy for them,” said Cindy Seam of Spudnuts. Seam recalls a whole wall of orders to make up when they first began making doughssants. Spudnuts only serves doughssants on the weekend and sells out within the first three hours of opening.
DK’s Donuts in Santa Monica has also created its own version of the Cronut, called the “DKronut”. Umami Burger serves Cronut Burgers as a part of their menu. Along with DK Donuts selling their DKronut holes we now know a local bakery in Southern California that sells “Cr- OH!- Nut Holes” for 30 cents each.
Confexion Cupcakes & Cakes in Pasadena have created the “brioughnut” made with brioche dough because the owner dislikes the texture of croissants. Semi Sweet Bakery in downtown Los Angeles prefers baking their “crullants” for a healthier treat. While Confexion Cupcakes & Cakes and Semi Sweet Bakery apply their personal appeals to their versions of the Cronut, Tony’s Donut House in Huntington Park, sells CroNut ice cream sandwiches.
The Cronut, a huge success in the Big Apple, is now welcomed by Southern Californians. Recipes are now becoming available online for those who would rather enjoy the treat in their homes. You can find a recipe found from Sorted Food here.