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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.

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

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

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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.
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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.

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

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

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

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

...pumped full of cream...

...rolled in sugar...

...and finally glazed.

This is what it looks like on the inside.

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

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

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TA-DA!

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

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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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Even crazier than the Cronut itself is the line outside the bakery in the morning.

waiting in line for a cronut is the new cronut RT @andreaklang another line of hungry foodies outside my window.

raphael brion

@raphael_brion

waiting in line for a cronut is the new cronut RT @andreaklang another line of hungry foodies outside my window.

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

Ariel Knutson

People have gotten a little worked up about missing out on Cronuts.

It is not okay to flip off our baristas because we are out of cronuts. Wtf!

Dominique Ansel

@DominiqueAnsel

It is not okay to flip off our baristas because we are out of cronuts. Wtf!

Sometimes more than a little.

@firstwefeast One woman legitimately cried...we felt so bad, we looked everywhere to find her the last remaining cronut.

Dominique Ansel

@DominiqueAnsel

@firstwefeast One woman legitimately cried...we felt so bad, we looked everywhere to find her the last remaining cronut.

Forget cupcakes; Cronuts are hot enough to straight-up replace currency.

@DominiqueAnsel just bribed us for table w #cronut Come on in sir....

Andrew Carmellini

@andrecarmellini

@DominiqueAnsel just bribed us for table w #cronut

Come on in sir....

Oh, and the bakery has trademarked the name "Cronut," so hands off.

Hi folks, cronut officially trademarked today.

Dominique Ansel

@DominiqueAnsel

Hi folks, cronut officially trademarked today.

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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