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Aug 24, 2014 09:09 PM

How to Make Cronuts

Dominique Ansel has written a cookbook which will be released October 28.

Title: Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes

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  1. I like the cover art

    I haven't had a cronut, but I suspect they're made from his kouign amann dough. I read somewhere back when they first came out that he couldn't use actual croissant dough because it would fall apart in the deep fryer, and kouign amann has the same flaky texture without the solid layers of butter.

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    1. re: zitronenmadchen

      Thanks for the link!

      I wonder what he does differently with his kouign amann dough - I've always known them to be made with croissant dough rolled out in sugar...

      1. re: sandylc

        He probably makes it like David Lebovitz with lumps of butter rather than a single block.

        1. re: sandylc

          Which then leads me to wonder what would happen if you proofed the TJ KA dough, cut a hole in the middle, and deep-fried it? Would it be a cronut-like substance or an unholy mess?

          I *am* curious about Ansel's upcoming book, though.

          1. re: mcsheridan

            I'm curious, too. Amazon, as zitronenmadchen (hope I spelled it right - living vicariously, not going to double-check!) linked above, has a pretty good deal on it.

            I saw him on a show where he made something else - chocolate mousse baked into a square brioche - that was technically amazing. He is a pastry engineer!

            The TJ KAs probably have sugar on the outside (they should) so that would probably liquefy and cause trouble if you fried them.

            1. re: sandylc

              I picked out my internet handle years and years ago when I thought I was being oh so clever by using German. Now I reap the results of showing off by having no be absolutely sure what my name is.

            2. re: mcsheridan

              I'm curious about the book too, especially if it has his recipe for kouign amann, which I have had, and it's really good.

          2. re: zitronenmadchen

            I've made them with homemade croissant dough. They did not fall apart.