We live in the UK and there is just nowhere nearby that we can get to (that I know of) in order for me to try a proper, freshly baked, crispy, buttery Cruffin. So, I had the bright idea that I wanted to bake some Cruffins at home instead… how hard could it be to recreate the croissant/muffin craze of last year?…
*Cue internet search for the best recipe*
*Cue breakdown at the crazy length of time and faff that was required to bake said Cruffins*
*Cue contemplating relocating to New York instead just to buy one more easily *
*Cue accidentally stumbling across Lady and the Pups and her drool-worthy food blog, solving all my woes in one hit*
Ok, so the recipe (here) is still a tad faff-y, BUT, it’s a lot less faff-y than the other “proper” Cruffin recipes that I came across -which in some cases can take you up to 3 days to prepare (Hell. No.).
Mandy Lee, of Lady and the Pups, has a recipe that sort of fast forwards the process by using a pasta machine. WIN. Plus the photos are beyond glorious. I could just sit and scroll through her site for days and swoon at the imagery. (Note to self: I have a loooooong way to go in capturing my bakes by all accounts)
So I followed it blindly. No changes. No swaps.
The only thing I was very grateful for half way through was an extra pair of hands when I was rolling the dough through the pasta machine as it go so long I couldn’t handle it alone.
She has a super handy diagram to run you through the rolling process so there is no confusion – and the tasting notes were spot on (i.e it’s more savoury than you would think so add her recommendation of sugar if you have a sweet tooth).
…and the outcome?
Just as Mandy promised – flaky perfection. The dough doesn’t yield many Cruffins, so be sure to get in there quick!
I will definitely be making them again – next time, I will listen when she says more sugar. This batch were rolled in a cinnamon and sugar mix once baked which was delicious, but I was also thinking a forest fruit jam would be amazing to run through it as well.
Have you made Cruffins before? Or managed to buy a real one?
I am well overdue a trip to NYC to get my hands on the real thing, but for now, these will do very well to sate me!