Everything You Need To Know About The Cronut

Dominique Ansel has blessed the world with the mystical Cronut, a croissant-doughnut hybrid. It is glorious.

1. These are Cronuts, and they are perfect in every way.

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2. Cronut = the shape, fried-ness, and creamy interior of a doughnut + the flaky, delicate pastry layers of a croissant.

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3. The Cronut’s creator is the French pastry chef Dominique Ansel, of Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York.

Ansel is a 2013 James Beard Award finalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef. And if there is any justice in the world, he should receive a Lifetime Achievement award for blessing this nation with the Cronut.

4. Dominique Ansel tried about ten different recipes over two months before perfecting the Cronut.

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5. They are made with a special laminated Cronut dough, similar to croissant dough, but with a few key differences.

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It gets sheeted (rolled out) to a different thickness and assembled with a different set of folds.

6. Once they’re shaped, the Cronuts get deep-fried in hot grapeseed oil…

7. …pumped full of cream…

8. …rolled in sugar…

9. …and finally glazed.

10. This is what it looks like on the inside.

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Make sure to cut it with a serrated knife so you don’t crush the beautiful layers.

11. Right now the maximum number of Cronuts a single person can buy is six. They come in this gold box.

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12. TA-DA!

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13. Cronuts have a short shelf-life (6 hours) and are meant to be eaten immediately.

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14. The Cronut flavors will change every month. May’s flavor is Rose Vanilla and June’s is Lemon Maple. One of these things will cost you $5.00.

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16. By 8:15am on Thursday (May 23), only 15 minutes after the bakery was open, the Cronuts were sold out.

Ariel Knutson

21. Moral of the story: If you live in New York and feel like getting up at 5:30am you should probably, definitely try these.

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