So you’ve heard of the cruffin, right? Part croissant, part muffin. Like other hybrid breakfast treats, this merger is a good thing. After coming up with a very easy way to make a cronut a couple of years ago, and touting it as a fabulous Christmas morning treat, I have to admit that the cruffin is actually easier because you don’t have to deal with the hot oil. Properly prepped, this new fancy muffin is your latest favorite special morning treat.
The key is that you purchase your frozen croissant dough and thaw it the night before. And, just as it becomes malleable, you fold it into your muffin pan. Leave it on the counter overnight and now all you have to do is follow the baking directions on the package of your frozen croissants (mine say to preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 12 minutes) and they are done! Add whatever extras you wish: powdered sugar, jam, vanilla custard … whatever your heart and taste buds desire.
Here are the step-by-step directions, to prove just how easy this glorious morning treat really is:
Buy some frozen croissant dough (I use Trader Joe’s, plain variety). You’ll need to start this the night before, but it’s super easy.
Leave the frozen rolls out for about an hour, and then roll them in a cinnamon-sugar mixture. I prefer one cup sugar and two tablespoons cinnamon.
Then, fold them in half with the pointy sides down into a greased muffin tin.
Let them rise overnight, for about eight hours. I keep mine in my microwave so that nothing falls on them, but you could cover them lightly with wax paper.
In the morning, preheat your oven to 350 degrees (or whatever your croissant package says). While you wait for the oven to warm, sprinkle some more cinnamon sugar on top of the dough, which has now about quadrupled in size!
Bake. Take them out and let them cool for a couple of minutes in the muffin tin. Then, flip them upside down in the tin to cool further (if you put them on a plate, the weight of the top will cause them to compress a bit). After a few minutes, when they are mostly cool, you can indent the middle and fill with custard or pudding (or serve plain). Then, top with powdered sugar and serve!
If you want something a bit more indulgent, check out our recipe for the SB cronut, using the same dough, but you fry them, and they are delicious!
And, for a great Christmas morning treat, try this:
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