Waaay back in 2013 my husband heard a story about the street vendor who invented cronuts on NPR. He told me about it and the two of us became obsessed.
It was a while ago, so I apologize if I have any of this mixed up. A man invented something wonderful that was a cross between a croissant and a donut…a cronut. He sold them in New York City for $5 each with a limit of 2 per person. He started selling them at 5am lasting for only one hour. Everyday there were crazy lines down the street.
Peter’s version was filled with lemon custard and frosted with dark chocolate frosting. the original had custard and chocolate frosting, too, but he made some adjustments.
The dough is croissant pastry. you should have seen the mastery at work (and the astonishing amount of butter), when he made that!
You form it into a donut shape, leaving room for the lemon custard filling.
Deep fry it and fill it with cold custard and put the chocolate frosting on top.
Eating them was an experience unlike any other! The texture is insanely nice. The hot dough and cold custard balance each other perfectly.
You have to eat them when they’re almost too hot to hold so they don’t seem greasy.
The frosting is ganache. He makes it by melting Scharfenberger 79 % dark chocolate in a dish over boiling water. He stirs in heavy cream and lets it cool.
The very dark chocolate contrasts with the sweet custard beautifully.
The whole thing melts in your mouth. It’s perfect harmony!
We both ate 2 and then feel in bed and died.
Damn they were good.
I take pictures of the food we eat pretty often because my husband is a superb chef. He cooks 3 meals a day almost everyday (lunches…for both of us…are leftovers during the week.).
I eat like a queen! Some of it, like tonight’s roasted cauliflower soup, is healthy, and some isn’t at all!
He really should blog about it, but it seems funny to even think about Peter writing a blog. He’s a total introvert and when online, he lurks at all possible times!
I thought I’d start sharing some of his cooking, it seems too good not to!
On Sunday nights my he makes meals that take quite a while to prepare. That’s partly because he has the time, but also because he goes to the farmer’s market every Sunday morning. He likes to take the time too make more creative and ambitious dishes. He usually concentrates on one dish.
Tonight he used one of my least favorite veggies, a winter staple, cauliflower, to make a delicious soup.
He roasted 2 heads of cauliflower tossed in olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. He roasted it in the oven for 45 (?) minutes and then used a hand blender to mix it with chicken stock he made yesterday. He could it until boiling, added soy sauce, sautéd broken up spicy Italian sausage (also from the farmer’s market).
Finished with powdered Chipotle and pecans, it looks as tasty as it was! We ate it with the toasted ends of last week’s bread.
Stay tuned for more YUM.