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Salted Caramel Cronuts



The cronut is the invention of a NYC French bakery chef.  It is half donut and half croissant that is taking the world by storm.  The cronut is made of layers of croissant dough that is deep fried and filled with vanilla cream which make it light and fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside.

SALTED CARAMEL CRONUTS

2 cups vegetable oil
1 (8 oz) can Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1 (4 oz) snack size container vanilla pudding
2 tablespoons caramel sauce
1/4 teaspoon kosher (coarse) salt
1/2 cup powdered sugar
milk
additional caramel sauce, if desired

 In deep fryer or 2-quart heavy saucepan, heat oil over medium heat to 325 degrees.

Separate crescent dough into 4 rectangles. Firmly press perforations to seal. Stack 2 rectangles on top of one another. Fold in half width wise to make tall stack. Repeat with remaining 2 rectangles.

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. 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.

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. In small bowl, mix powdered sugar and enough milk for spreading consistency. Spread on tops of doughnuts. Drizzle with additional caramel sauce.

Photo and Recipe credit:  Pillsbury

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