What are hybrid foods?
Hybrid foods bring together the best of both worlds in a novelty food item. You may have heard of some of them, such as the Cruffin and the Duffin, the Cragel and the Cretzel, the Macaringue and the Crookie. And, of course, the infamous Cronut.
What is a cronut?
The Cronut is a hybrid pastry invented by New York City pastry chef Dominique Ansel in 2013; its name is a portmanteau of croissant and doughnut. So while the Cronut may be shaped like a doughnut, the pastry inside is like that of a croissant.
What does a Cronut taste like?
Unsurprisingly, a Cronut tastes a lot like a croissant but you can imagine you’re eating a doughnut.
Can you make a cronut?
The Cronut’s creator, Dominique Ansel has released the official recipe but it’s not for the fainthearted. Home baking a Cronut will take you about three days. But if you are committed and you absolutely cronut be dissuaded, doughnut start baking until you have read this article by Ariel Knutson on thekitchn.com.
If you’re looking for slightly less demanding ways to confound your taste buds, there are lots of other hybrid foods available such as the Chocolate Éclair Hot Dog and The Luther Burger.
The Chocolate Éclair Hot Dog
The Chocolate Éclair Hot Dog is either a viscous culinary insult or a gift of gourmet goodness depending on your gastronomic bent. Bringing together two famous foods, it is basically a hot dog in an éclair bun with chocolate and cream. Umm, we still can’t decide if we want to try one or not. If you’re curious, you could always try making one yourself, maybe with a nice juicy Jolly Hog Jolly Dog - then again, maybe not.
If you are planning to have sausages in a more traditional meal, The Jolly Hog offers a range of sausage and bacon products, which as well as being delicious, are also 100% RSPCA Assured like all of their products. So when you choose The Jolly Hog you can be sure you’re supporting higher welfare.
The Luther Burger
Whether this creation takes its name from the legend that it was the favourite food of music producer Luther Vandross or not remains a mystery. Another, and perhaps greater, mystery is why would anyone want to subject themselves to this epicurean ordeal. If you are tempted to try the Luther Burger yourself, you’ll need organic hamburgers and sweet, glazed doughnuts.
There ain’t no stopping us now.