The Cronut Hunt

In May this year, a pastry named Cronut was launched by Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York. It’s a croissant-doughnut hybrid which is rolled in sugar and filled with cream. Almost overnight, stories about its popularity has reached worldwide notoriety. People line up as early as 5:30am to be able to buy at least one of the 250 pieces made available everyday.

The ORIGINAL Cronut/Ken Murray/New York Daily News
The ORIGINAL Cronut – Ken Murray/New York Daily News

Because of this media attention, it’s not surprising that the Philippines has caught on with the craze and local bakeries are now offering their own incarnations of the Cronut.

Through the help of this guide (from ABS-CBN News), I tagged along with my brother and did a little Cronut Hunt. Our mission? To visit at least 2-3 establishments and try out the infamous croissant-doughnut. We decided that a Makati-Fort combo was the way to go since about 3-4 stores were relatively close to each other and it had the most likelihood of success. Let’s begin!

YAMATO BAKERY CAFE
Jupiter Street, Makati City
Price: Php110-120

Our first stop was Yamato Bakery Cafe along Jupiter. We were able to buy the Vanilla Cronut. It is a flaky pastry with cream in the middle. It has a thin coating of sugar outside, topped with thin powdered sugar glaze and drizzled with chocolate.

I liked this one; because it merged the flakiness of the croissant and the fried nature of the doughnut without being too oily. The cream filling is rich but not too sweet. Most importantly, the topping does not overpower the overall taste of the pastry.

On a side note: I do recommend that you try out Yamato’s Choux Cream and Green Tea Choux Cream. It reminded me of the Beard Papa I ate back in Japan. They used fresh cream and it isn’t too sweet. The green tea version has (obviously) green tea flavored cream and red beans, which is a pleasant surprise. It’s a yummy must-try item.

LE COEUR DE FRANCE
San Antonio Plaza, Forbes Park, Makati
Php89

Our second destination was in San Antonio Plaza, Forbes Park. We bought the Parmesan Cheese Croughnut (left) and the Mixed Berries with Cream Cheese Croughnut (right) from Le Coeur de France. It’s relatively smaller compared to the one from Yamato. Also, this one is more like a croissant made to look like a doughnut. It has the flaky layers but doesn’t seem to have been fried (though that’s just my opinion). It is also filled with cream (lesser compared to Yamato) and isn’t too sweet, which is how I like it.

WILDFLOUR CAFE + BAKERY
Net Lima Building, The Fort, Taguig
Php120

From Forbes Park, we headed to BGC looking for Wildflour. It is said to have been the first to offer a version of the Cronut in the Philippines. They call it croissant-doughnut. Unfortunately, there weren’t any more available when we got there. They said reservations should be a day in advance. If we were to wait for the next batch, however, they weren’t sure what time it would be available.

Anyway, I was able to take a picture of the Dulce de Leche Croissant-Donut through the window. I just assumed this is a reserved batch. Oh well, there’s always next time… maybe when the hype dies down.

THE JEEPNEY BAKERY, INTERCONTINENTAL MANILA
Ayala Avenue, Makati City
Price: Php130

We went back to Makati and passed by InterCon Manila for one last Cronut purchase. The Jeepney Bakery had the most number of options for us; so we bought all 5 Cro-nut flavors that were available: Red Velvet, Sugar Cinnamon, White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate with Vanilla Cream, and Cheesecake.

At first, I thought there is no cream at all. But for InterCon’s version, only pockets within the pastry are filled with cream. I could also make out the oil which may mean it was fried at some point. The base of the pastry is the same for all variants. The sides are simply wrapped in whatever flavor it is (i.e. chocolate/almonds or red velvet crumbs, etc.). There’s also a thick powdered sugar topping. I think these are the biggest of the three products I tried. However, I found the Cro-nuts a bit sweet. I think the sugar glaze overpowered the pastry and it was all I could taste. However, that’s how some people might like it.

Despite not being able to try Wildflour’s Croissant-Donut, I think our Cronut Hunt was a success. I got to clue in on what the original Cronut might taste like and what its basic components are.  It’s not something I would actively seek out on a regular basis. Its fried nature is not that appealing for me. (I’d rather come back for that choux cream in Yamato). Still, it’s a new and interesting product that’s definitely worth a try… a welcome addition to the range of breakfast pastries we enjoy.

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the IT list #11

“the IT list” A series of posts that highlight the various stuff, old or new, that I’ve been doing… reading, watching, eating or simply obsessing over recently. It’s my personal countdown.

the IT list #11

#ONE
It’s been a summer of really entertaining blockbuster movies; but the one that stood out for me so far is Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. I’ve watched it twice. Once in IMAX 3D. Once in the good old 2D format. Either way, the movie is just pure awesomeness wrapped in robots versus monsters goodness. Go watch it.

#TWO
It was one LONG month before I got this; but the waiting was worth it! I’ve been wanting to buy a pocket WiFi device of my own. Thankfully, I held out long enough for LTE to arrive in our shores.

The Smart LTE Prepaid Pocket WiFi kit is worth Php6,995. It includes a ZTE MF93D unit and LTE Sim. I’ve been using it for almost two months and I have no regrets. I’ve only gone up to 12mbps at the most, but it’s even faster than the WiFi in my house! And that’s saying a lot. With the prepaid kit, I get to control the amount I put into my device — no contracts, no lockout. What’s even better is that the unit allows up to 10 users at a time! I can also avail of unlimited LTE in Php50 (1 day), Php299 (7 days) and Php995 (30 days) denominations. That’s a really great deal especially since there’s no data cap.

Visit smart.com.ph/bro/lte for more details.


#THREE
I’ve been watching this YouTube show for a while; but Kids React (TheFineBros) got some mainstream media attention because of a recent episode that showed us how some kids could be smarter than most adults when it comes to viewing race and equality.

I love watching this show… as well as its other incarnations: Teens React and Elders React. It’s a simple concept; but it’s entertaining and it makes you think. Highly recommended.

vmars
#FOUR
The movie is finished shooting. A sneak peek has been released. It’s really happening! I am one of the proud backers of this Kickstarter project; and I’m SO EXCITED for the finished product. I’ve been getting a number of updates related to the movie and so far, things are looking pretty good… definitely worth the $50 I shelled out to help make it a reality. The Veronica Mars Movie will be out early 2014. I can’t wait!!

#FIVE
I haven’t had a chance to watch a concert or a theatrical show this year (and it’s already July!). What I’ve been doing a lot of lately is going on staycations. Last Holy Week, we stayed at Manila Hotel. For my sister’s bridal shower, I treated her to an overnight stay at Ace Hotel & Suites. Just last week, I tagged along with my brother’s family and stayed in Sofitel Philippines.

Needless to say, I LOVE the staycation experience. Getting to stay in a luxurious hotel… Not having to clean up after yourself… Best of all, two words: breakfast buffet, which is one of my favorite things in the world. It’s my way of getting some rest and relaxation without leaving the city.