Cruffin Recipe: This Easy Cruffins Recipe Is What Happens When a Croissant Meets a Muffin by Chef Gigi Gaggero, Host of KSCU 103.3 FM LIVE Food Talk Radio S.F. Bay Area

Bread/Muffins
a year ago
Cruffin Recipe: This Easy Cruffins Recipe Is What Happens When a Croissant Meets a Muffin

Like the cronut, a modern-day mashup of croissant doughnut pastry invented by New York City pastry chef Dominique Ansel, this is a cruffin. A cruffin is a combination of, yes, you guessed it, a croissant and a muffin.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup water, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup currants, mixed raisins or dried fruit, rehydrated in water or brandy (optional)
  • 1/2 - 1 stick butter, softened (for filling)

Additional Ingredients for Baking

Special Equipment

  • tall specialty cylinder baking vessel or coffee can

Here's how to make it: 

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the water, milk and sprinkle the surface with the yeast. Set aside and allow the yeast to reactivate until frothy. If your yeast is fresh, this should only take about 10 minutes. Fit the mixer with the dough hook.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the sugar, salt and flour. Whisk to combine.
  3. When the yeast is frothy, add the dry ingredients in two batches, adding the egg in between additions. Allow the stand mixer to knead the dough until it forms a shaggy mass, about 3 minutes. 
  4. Add the plumped dry fruit and discard the hydration liquid. Add the butter and allow the mixer to knead the dough for an additional 5 to 8 minutes. The dough should look smooth and spring back to touch.
  5. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and leave it in a warm location to rise for about 45 minutes.
  6. After the dough has doubled in size, turn the dough out onto a clean non-floured work surface and roll roughly into a 13x8-inch rectangle. Spread the dough with softened butter. Roll it up into a log.
  7. Cut the roll through the middle, twist the bottom end and fold it up in half. Twist the bottom again, fitting it deep into a generously greased and floured coffee can or cylinder baking vessel. Rest it again covered for 30 minutes before baking.
  8. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for 20 to 30 minutes or until puffy and golden. Cool slightly and remove from the vessel. Dust with powdered sugar.

Variations

  • Add any dried fruit you like: dried blueberries, peaches, pears, plums or dried apricots. Make sure to chop them into bite-sized pieces first and rehydrate in some liquid. 
  • Add chopped nuts.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
  • If you want a deep savory flavor, add sea salt on the butter or everything bagel seasoning.
  • Portion dough into equal-sized pieces instead and use a muffin pan instead.

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Donna John
OMG. Yum! Gigi Gaggero , what other "tall cylinder vessel" could we use to bake these in?
Chef Gigi Gaggero, Host of KSCU 103.3 FM LIVE Food Talk Radio S.F. Bay Area
Hey Donna, I love my old coffee cans like my Mom and Grandma would make Portuguese bread in. But they can be hard to come by these days. You can also use deep cake baking pans for the same results. The yeast is the key to rising in this recipe so the dough will take the shape of whatever you put it in. I'd grease generously and add a parchment round to the bottom just to be safe. Have fun with these! Donna John
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
How amazing is this?! You never cease to amaze me with your creative, delicious recipes, Gigi Gaggero ! YUM.
Chef Gigi Gaggero, Host of KSCU 103.3 FM LIVE Food Talk Radio S.F. Bay Area
Thanks! Id adjust the flour up to 3 cups - in this recipe depending on the size of the vessel and how the weather is in your region. (Moist vs dry ). I sent an email to donna last week about it.
bepositive
Wow, delicious. 😋

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