Featuring layers upon layers of flaky goodness, these Strawberry Puff Pastry Donuts are a tasty way to celebrate fresh summer strawberries!
Do you remember the Cronut Craze of 2013? I do. I remember hearing about it on the Saturday morning news…mainly because this croissant-donut combo had become an overnight superstar in NYC. Seriously. Within just 3 days of introducing the cronut, the Dominique Ansel Bakery had lines of 100+ people outside waiting to get a cronut. I heard stories of people waiting for 4+ hours to get cronuts. Ok, I love a good pastry, but I’m not sure I’m willing to wait 4 hours to get one. Seriously. Think of all the things you can do in 4 hours! Waiting in line for a cronut is pretty low on that list.
I happened to be down in NYC in the Spring of 2014, and I noticed that Dominique Ansel’s bakery was right around the corner from my hotel. After a bit of googling, I discovered that the line was a lot shorter than before…only 2+ hours now to get a cronut! Needless to say, I didn’t get a cronut. For the record, I have still never had an authentic cronut. I’ve talked to friends who have, and they offer high praises. (Although they also say that they wouldn’t wait in line again.) Dominique Ansel later released his recipe for the famed pastry, and I’ve been tempted to make them here at home. But they take 3 days to make! Good Morning America rates the difficulty of the recipe as “Extreme.” I love a good challenge in the kitchen, but even I am afraid of the big, bad
Strawberry Puff Pastry Donuts
I stumbled across the concept for these Strawberry Puff Pastry Donuts while flipping through an old issue of Food Network magazine. I was immediately intrigued by the idea of using puff pastry to create donuts. I had to give it a shot! And I must say that these Strawberry Puff Pastry Donuts turned out quite well. They still took a bit of time to make, but it’s far less than the 3 days of prep time needed to make cronuts. As I’ve never actually had a cronut, I can’t offer any comparisons here, but I can say that these Strawberry Puff Pastry Donuts are delicious! I used fresh strawberries and strawberry jam, but almost any combination of fruit and jam would work.
I love using puff pastry for all sorts of recipes, but this is the first time I’ve used puff pastry for donuts. Woah! This will definitely not be the last time I use puff pastry for donuts. It turns out that flaky layers upon flaky layers are a great base for a donut. Dominique Ansel was onto something with that cronut idea. Grab some fresh strawberries and make a batch of these Strawberry Puff Pastry Donuts soon!
What is the longest you’ve ever waited in line for something? And was it worth it?
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