Sorry cupcakes, your time as America’s pastry addiction is finally over (ugh, finally). You can thank Cronuts for that. The new kid on the block is everything you are not — deep-fried, complex, soft, gentle and sexy. Everyone wants a piece of one, there’s even a black market for those unfortunate enough to not live in NY (where Dominique Ansel Bakery is located).
Of course, for those who simply want a Cronut right meow, you’re just gonna have to DIY it. Cue in this recipe using Pillsbury crescents to mimic the flaky texture of a cronut. Hey, work with what you’ve got.
Pillsbury Salted Caramel Crescent Doughnuts
- 2 cups vegetable oil
- 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
- 1 snack-size container (4 oz) vanilla pudding
- 2 tablespoons caramel sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher (coarse) salt
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- Additional caramel sauce, if desired
Here’s How to Make It
1. In deep fryer or 2-quart heavy saucepan, heat oil over medium heat to 325°F.
2. Separate crescent dough into 4 rectangles. Firmly press perforations to seal. Stack 2 rectangles on top of one another. Fold in half widthwise to make tall stack. Repeat with remaining 2 rectangles.
3. To make 2 doughnuts, use 3-inch biscuit cutter to cut 1 round from each stack; use 1/2-inch biscuit cutter to cut small hole in center of each round. Reroll remaining dough to cut third doughnut.
4. Fry doughnuts in hot oil 2 1/2 minutes on each side or until deep golden brown and cooked through. Drain on paper towels. Cool 5 minutes.
5. Carefully split doughnuts in half. Place pudding in decorating bag fitted with tip, and pipe half of the pudding onto bottom half of each doughnut. Top each with some of the caramel sauce; sprinkle with salt. Cover each with top of doughnut.
6. In small bowl, mix powdered sugar and enough milk for spreading consistency. Spread on tops of doughnuts. Drizzle with additional caramel sauce.