What is a cronut? Think of a French croissant with layers and layers
of flaky pastry combined with a deep-fried doughnut.
The result is a unique treat that has created a fanatical
following in NYC. Crowds show up at Ansel's bakery early. The lines
are so long in the morning that each customer is limited to two.
In order to enjoy a cronut, a person from Lincoln would have to
buy a $500 round-trip airline flight to New York City, grab a cab
for a $50 ride from LaGuardia Airport to SoHo, only to then stand in
a long line and hope the cronuts are not sold out. You could save a
little money by taking a bus from LaGuardia to the closest subway
station, taking the R train for the hour-and-a-half ride and then
walking a few blocks to the bakery.
But there is hope for Lincoln residents who want to forgo the
trip and enjoy the legendary pastry right in town.
Heather Ferguson, owner and chef at the Corner Café and Bakery in
Lincoln, has created her own version of the cronut, which she calls
the doughsant. Heather is going to roll out her doughsant Monday
Ferguson's version is not just something a bakery can throw
together on the spur of the moment. Her test batch last week took
three days to craft.
The finished doughsant has 27 layers of flaky pastry that has to
be built three layers at a time, allowed to proof for 45 minutes,
then the next three layers built. This treat is a labor-intensive
endeavor and requires much work and lots of butter. During the
entire process, the pastry has to be kept at an exact temperature,
no variation allowed, or the finished product won't be perfect.
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After the 27 layers are complete, perfect circles resembling
doughnuts are constructed and deep-fried in grape seed oil, again at
a very specific temperature.
Ferguson is going to offer her doughsants in caramel, cinnamon
sugar, pumpkin spice, cream and custard. She is going to make only
about 30 to begin to test the local market. The test batch last week
left the lucky few who got to try them asking when she was going to
make more! They were crispy like a doughnut on the outside, with a
very flaky texture inside and the 27 layers readily visible. They
should come with a warning: "Addictive."
The Corner Café and Bakery is open for breakfast and lunch
throughout the week. All of the bread used in the sandwiches is
homemade, as are the croutons in the French onion soup. Thursdays
are cupcake day, with such unique flavors as maple bacon, peaches
and cream, root beer float, and bubble gum. The flavors change every
The Corner Café and Bakery is located at 837 Woodlawn Road in
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[By CURT FOX]