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Cronuts Donuts, The Delicious & Savory Treat Rising in Popularity!

Cronuts Donuts, The Delicious & Savory Treat Rising in Popularity!

cronuts donuts

Cronuts Donuts are a pastry that is still very new but already has quite the following. The craze for these pastries started when Chef Dominique Ansel created them for the first time. Not only did he sell hundreds of Cronuts Donuts in minutes, but he also introduced the world to his bakery, called Dominique Ansel Bakery.

What are Cronuts Donuts?

Cronuts are a delicious hybrid pastry that has taken the world by storm. A cross between a croissant and a doughnut, these pastries have a crispy exterior and a soft, doughy center. Everyone is trying to get their hands on one!

This article will teach you everything you need to know about this amazing trend while also giving you some great recipes that will help you make your own Cronuts Donuts!

How the Cronuts Craze Started

The Cronuts Donuts craze started with the invention of this pastry by Dominique Ansel, a French-born American chef. He got the idea from his childhood memories of eating a doughnut that was topped with cream and sugar. He combined a croissant and doughnut to make this new pastry in order to recreate his childhood snack and came up with Cronuts Donuts.

Dominique Ansel Bakery isn’t the only place in the world where you can get these pastries. After getting popular in New York City, this pastry made its way to other parts of the country including Los Angeles, where it became available at LA’s famous food truck Koja Kitchen.

There’s also a chain in Arkansas called Cronuts Donut, which has a few locations.

The Dominique Ansel Bakery Story

The Dominique Ansel Bakery story is very interesting. It all started when Chef Dominique Ansel was working at his family’s bakery in France. His father was a pastry chef and taught him everything he needed to know about the craft. When he came to the US, he got a job at Daniel Boulud’s acclaimed restaurant Daniel, where he learned how to work with savory food. He later moved on to cook for Alain Ducasse at the Essex House Hotel before opening up his own bakery in New York City.

Even though Chef Dominique Ansel has an extensive background in pastry making, Cronuts Donuts are his most famous treat that has taken the world by storm.

How to Make Ansel Bakery-Quality Cronuts Donuts

The Cronuts Donuts craze has taken the world by storm. What is even more amazing, though, are the recipes to make your own Cronut at home!

The best part about these recipes is that they are not complicated and can be done with ingredients you might already have in your kitchen. All you need is a croissant dough, butter or margarine, sugar, salt, and egg yolk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon for the filling. We will also teach you how to assemble it all! Check out our recipes below:

what is a cronut donut

Croissant Dough Recipe

1 cup milk 1 tablespoon instant yeast 1 tablespoon white granulated sugar 4 cups flour 2 teaspoons salt 1/4 cup unsalted butter or lard

Croissant Dough Recipe Variation

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter or lard

Recipe Variation for Vegan Crusts

  • 1/4 cup plant-based shortening
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegan yogurt (optional)

Recipes for the Pastry

If you’re looking to make your own Cronut at home, this recipe will help you out. It’s a pretty simple and straightforward process that even beginners can do with some guidance.

You’ll need:

  • Bowl of cool water
  • Piping bag or Ziploc baggie
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (or other flavoring)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp milk powder (optional)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Mix the flour, milk powder (if using), and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the sugar and vanilla extract (or other flavoring). In another bowl beat the eggs together before adding them to the dry ingredients. Mix everything together until it becomes dough. Fill the piping bag with the dough and pipe it into long strips onto a greased cookie sheet or use a Ziploc baggie to cut out squares on the pan. Brush each strip with melted butter before baking at ~400 degrees, for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool before filling with cream or jelly if desired.

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Chocolate-Filled Cronuts Donuts

If you’re looking for a decadent treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth, then try these chocolate-filled Cronuts Donuts. They are perfect for any dessert table or party because they can be eaten at any time of day!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • Pillsbury croissant dough (thawed)
  • Chocolate glaze
  • Powdered sugar
  • Powdered cocoa
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water

Method: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Combine the water and chocolate in a microwaveable bowl and heat in 30 second intervals until mostly melted. Stir together until fully melted. Add milk if necessary to thin out the mixture.

Cut each croissant dough into 6 pieces (you should be left with 12 pieces). Roll out each piece of dough on a lightly floured surface to make about a 5×5 inch square shape. Spoon 1 teaspoon of the chocolate mixture onto the center of the dough and fold up one side over it like an envelope, sealing off the edges with your fingers. Repeat with all pieces of dough.

Cruffins: LA’s Version of Cronuts

Cronut Donuts are called cruffins in Los Angeles. This is because of the food truck’s owner Koja Kitchen, who started selling them before any other bakery or restaurant.

The recipe for Cronut Donuts is similar to that of croissants, but uses doughnut dough. The dough is fried in fat and then shaped into a ball before being dipped in sugar. When it cools, the pastry has a perfect consistency–light and airy on the inside with a crisp outer crust.

He also took inspiration from his honeymoon to Japan, where he tried a pastry-like dessert that was very similar to a Cronut Donuts made out of cake batter.

Banana Cream Pie Cronuts Donuts

This Cronut Donuts recipe is delicious, easy to make, and perfect for any occasion.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 8 tbsp butter (unsalted)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 6 tbsp ice water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients until well mixed. Add in the cold butter and using your hands or a pastry blender mix until pea-sized chunks are formed. Pour in the egg yolk and mix until fully incorporated. Using your hands form dough into a flat disk about 1 inch thick.

Next, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to help it chill out before rolling out. Take out of fridge, then unwrap and roll out on a well-floured surface to about 1/4 inch thickness. Use an inverted bowl as a guide to cut circles with a biscuit cutter or cookie cutter – or use a knife if you don’t have one!

Lastly, transfer Cronut Donuts to an ungreased baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and let rise for 30 minutes before baking at 350 degrees F for 12-14 minutes, rotating once halfway through the cooking time.

How Do Cronuts Taste?

The pastry’s flavor ranges from sweet to savory, depending on the type of icing or glaze it’s topped with. The sweeter variety of icing will have more sugar added to it, while the more savory variety will have ingredients like bacon or ham added to it.

To taste one for yourself, head on over to New York City’s Dominique Ansel Bakery for this unique treat.

The Dominique Ansel Bakery is leading the charge for this new food trend and is winning the war on hearts and stomachs with their Cronut Donuts.

How Much do Cronuts Donuts Cost?

The average Cronut Donuts at the bakery costs $5.

The bakery is open only from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., but sells out quickly. You can expect to wait in line for at least two hours to get your hands on one of these crispy Cronut Donuts.

If you can’t make it to the Dominique Ansel Bakery in Soho, New York City, try one of our recipes above.

This new food trend is not going anywhere anytime soon.

Don’t miss out on your chance to try a Cronut today!

easy low carb meals

Easy Low Carb Meals – Delicious & Healthy Options!

Easy Low Carb Meals – Delicious & Healthy Options!

easy low carb meals

Half the battle to eating low carb is knowing what to eat. We at the JarKitchen are passionate about food and health, and so we put together this article to help you achieve (and enjoy) easy low carb meals. Without delay, here is what we came up with for low carb breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas!

Low Carb Breakfast Meals

Breakfast is definitely the easiest meal to prepare as low carb. Because it’s the first meal of the day, it’s easy to be disciplined. For that reason it’s the most important meal of the day, because starting your day out right will help you keep momentum into lunch and dinner. A quick, low carb breakfast meal is what you can consider an atomic habit; something simple that has powerful effects on other habits in your life.

Here are some of our favorite low carb breakfast foods to mix and and match:

    • Eggs – a delicious source of high quality fats and proteins to get your day started. Cook them any way you please.
    • Breakfast meats – bacon, sausage, Canadian bacon, ground turkey and ground beef are great additional options.
    • Avocado – the healthy fats in avocado can give you the energy boost you need if you’re eating low carb.
    • Cheese – cheese adds flavor to just about anything. The most ketogenic friendly cheese is parmesan cheese, which is absolutely delicious when melted. We also love provolone, mozzarella and Havarti.

Benefits of Low Carb, High Protein Breakfast Meals

Eating a high protein, low carb meal will not increase blood sugar levels, which means you won’t have any insulin in your blood. When you have low insulin levels, it becomes easier for the body to burn skeletal fat, in turn helping you lose weight. Lower insulin levels also reduce your appetite.

Additional Reading from JarKitchen: Is Keto Healthy?

Low Carb Lunchbox Ideas

We always believe that the discipline in dieting or healthy low carb eating comes in the grocery aisle. If you don’t buy something unhealthy, you won’t have unhealthy food to eat in your kitchen. Without unhealthy food, it’s easy to eat healthy and not be tempted. Also, peparing your food is how you can stay further disciplined. So if you pack a healthy low carb lunchbox, you’ll be in a position to maintain the momentum you gained from a low carb breakfast meal. Here are some ideas for you.

The Simplest Low Carb Lunch

  • Salmon, Tuna, or Sardines
  • String cheese
  • Apple
  • Kefir Yogurt

Although an apple has carbs, it doesn’t have many. It’s also a low-glycemic carb, which means it has less of an impact on your blood sugar and insulin levels (vs. eating something like a Twinkie). Also, Kefir yogurt has probiotics in it which has been shown to help with weight loss because it’s good for overall gut health. The calcium in yogurt also enhances weight loss, according to a popular 2005 study.

Simple Low Carb Lunches to Go

If you don’t feel like packing a lunch of eating leftovers, you can always grab low carb lunches on the go. Some great options include:

Chipotle

Chipotle is a great place to have a low carb meal for a few reasons. First off, it’s incredibly tasty. Secondly is that if you’re eating low carb, having some sodium in your diet is imperative to having a smooth experience. For some, Chipotle is “salty”, but if you’re eating low carb, it’s a great way to gt the sodium you need.

Jimmy John’s

Believe it or not, Jimmy John’s is a great way to get a simple low carb lunch to go with lettuce wraps. Instead of bread, you can opt to have your sandwich fillings wrapped in lettuce, so you can completely eliminate carbs. While Jimmy John’s isn’t the healthiest of foods (i.e. processed lunch meat), you can pack in a bunch of vegetables like lettuce and tomatoes to make it a good low carb lunch when you’re on the go.

Chicken or Salmon Salad

Wherever you’re working, you likely have access to Uber Eats or some other food delivery service. Choosing a chicken salad eliminates the headache of having to pack a lunch with ingredients from the store. A chicken or salmon salad is a great low carb lunch to go, even if it’s from a place like McDonald’s.

Preparing extra servings of any low carb dinner meals is a great way to have handy leftovers for your low carb lunchbox ideas. Remember, the more low carb food you have available, the easier it will be to stick to your diet.

Low Carb Dinner Meals

Ah, dinner. This is where you make or break a solid full day of low carb eating. It can be tempting to stack on carbs at dinner, especially if you just worked out or try to get a workout the following morning. However, it can be demoralizing to eat low carb all day, only to fail at night. Again, if you don’t buy the groceries, you can’t cook the high-carb meal. But here are some recipes for low carb dinner meals we thoroughly enjoy.

Lemon Pepper Salmon & Broccoli

Arguably the easiest low carb meal you can come up with. Here is how we like to prepare it:

  • Wild caught sockeye or, if you can get your hands on the more delicious, fattier type, Atlantic Salmon (try to avoid farm raised fish)
  • Spray the pan with a zero-calorie avocado or olive oil spray, to avoid unnecessary calories.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) on top and on the bottom (skin) of the salmon.
  • Sprinkle lemon pepper, oregano, and sea salt on the skin, as generously as you’d like.
  • Add similar seasoning to the top of the salmon, but don’t over due it!
  • Slice up an organic lemon, and lay down the slices on top of the salmon.
  • Chop brocoli into bit sized pieces and spray with your zero calorie olive oil or avocado oil, adding salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Bake on 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes, until the salmon is firm.

If you want your broccoli more “raw”, add it after the salmon has been in the oven for a few minutes, so it doesn’t get soggy at that temperature for that time.

Asian Beef & (Miracle) Noodles

Another great and easy low carb meal is beef strips and miracle noodles. Miracle noodles, also known as “Shirataki” noodles, are made from tofu. They have an amazing texture when done right, so be sure to follow our directions!

Preparing the Beef

As with fish, we prefer organic beef, preferably grass fed and finished if you can find it. Sirloin works best, or you can buy beef strips for stew (though the meat is a little tougher). Pad the beef so remove any excess moisture, use one tablespoon of olive oil and rub the beef, then generously add black pepper, sea salt, garlic salt and sweet paprika. Let it sit for about 10 minutes.

Preparing the Noodles

Miracle noodles have a really weird smell, so be prepared. We like to open the pack, put it in a strainer and rinse them under cold water to remove the smell. Then, wrap the noodles in a few paper towels and press them down, absorbing water. Miracle noodles come ready to eat, they just need heated up, so by removing any access fluids, it will preserve the seasoning you put in the pan.

Cooking Everything

Add some non-stick, zero calorie spray to a pan with a touch of olive oil for extra heat, and place the fire on high. After 2 minutes, drop the beef into the pan so it sizzles. Cook until seared on one side, then flip. When you flip it, add the noodles, along with the following items on top:

  • 1 scoop of peanut butter
  • Chopped scallions to taste
  • Low sodium soy sauce
  • Siracha or red chili sauce
  • Fresh minced ginger
  • Fresh minced garlic
  • Fresh minced cilantro

Mix it up in a noodle pan until everything is blended together, but only after the uncooked side of the beef has had an opportunity to cook. Cook everything on high heat and never let it sit.

Finish with some bean sprouts, crushed peanuts, fresh scallions as you wish, siracha sauce, cilantro and a lime.

#1 Tip to Easy Low Carb Meals

We cannot iterate this enough – the easiest way to maintain the course with easy low carb meals is to buy the ingredients! The discipline is not in the kitchen, but in the grocery aisle. The more healthy ingredients you have on hand, the easier it will be to eat low carb. If you don’t buy it, you can’t eat it! It’s a simple as that.

Baking Frozen Croissant

Baking Frozen Croissant? Read This First

Baking Frozen Croissant? Read This First

Baking Frozen Croissant

“It is all about layers ! “ we say.  With good quality ingredients and proper technique, you will enjoy the buttery flavor. But what about Baking Frozen Croissant? Is there any difference between Frozen Croissants and Fresh Croissants? How long should we store them in the freezer? What kind of ingredients should we use for perfection? And of course the History of Croissant…

History of Croissant

The true history of the croissant is often disputed and many variations exist, but this is the short version of what is generally regarded as the history of this French staple:

The story dates to 1683, during the Ottoman Turks siege of Vienna. Legend has it that a baker working late at night heard the Turks tunneling under the walls of the city and alerted the military.

The military collapsed the tunnel in on the Turks and eliminated the threat, saving the city. The baker baked a crescent-shaped pastry in the shape of the Turk’s Islamic emblem, the crescent moon so that when his fellow Austrians bit into the croissant, they would be symbolically devouring the Turks.

Marie Antoinette popularized the croissant in France by requesting the royal bakers replicate her favorite treat from her homeland, Austria.

Then, August Zang, an Austrian artillery officer that founded a Viennese Bakery in Paris in around 1839. This bakery served Viennese specialties including the kipfel (croissant) and the Vienna loaf and quickly became very popular and inspired French bakers. The dough became lighter and more delicate throughout time, and the kipfel was developed into what it is known now as the croissant.

Today, the croissant is both a symbol of French culture and tradition, shared throughout the world (C’est la Vie-Sarasota).

I would love to recommend you a book from my own library. A Bite-Sized History of France! This book is very special to me. If you want to know more about croissants/kipferl you should read this fun and instructive book. You will love page 200 “The Crescent Conflict”.

Tips for Making Croissant at Home

Before I give you a homemade croissant recipe I want to give you some tips about croissants which are really important. First of all, if you are going to try making croissants at home, please be patient. Every type/brand of butter and flour type also makes a difference. Therefore do not expect to get perfect results. Try a few flours at a time. The same with the butter. It needs to be pliable but not too soft. Exactly like French butter.

What is the difference? Why French butter?

They have a depth of flavor and nuttiness. More important, butter made in France has a higher butterfat content – and lower water content – than their counterparts in America. French butter has 82% or higher compared to just 80% in the U.S. It’s hard to believe a few points of butterfat would make a big difference but they do.

You can use Echire AOC Butter Unsalted while making your own croissants

I just wanted to give you an example of French butter. You can try any brand at a time. In addition to this please make sure of the butterfat content. As I said it should not be less than %82.  This brand has %84 butterfat content.

Freezing Croissant – Baking Frozen Croissant

If you are wondering how to freeze a croissant first before baking it, keep reading! You can store them in your freezer for a long time and bake them when you wish to do so.

Freezing Croissant Dough

Do not allow the croissants to proof; instead, cover the shaped dough with plastic and place the pan in the freezer for a few hours until the croissants are solid. Transfer the frozen unbaked croissants to a freezer bag or plastic storage containers and store them in the freezer for up to two months.

Baking Frozen Croissant

Thaw them in the fridge the night before or pull them to room temperature for 3 hours. I prefer to keep the dough in the refrigerator overnight. Place croissants on a baking pan, well-spaced, on parchment or a silicone mat. Then keep them in a warm place so that they can rise and shine. Room temperature is totally fine for this procedure. While our croissant rises, preheat the oven to 375 F.

While the oven is preheating, whisk one egg and add a splash of heavy cream in a small bowl. Brush it onto the croissants for extra flakiness. When the oven is up to temperature, bake the croissants for 14-16 minutes.

Baking Frozen Croissant requires frozen croissants of course. SeaBear Frozen Croissants are high-quality.

Features & details

  • Place in pre-heated 375° oven and bake for 20 minutes or until golden in color. Enjoy!!!
  • 18 total flash-frozen croissants – simply thaw & bake for a hot, airy, fresh buttery delight
  • Ships in a frozen form via 2-day Air Express in a Styrofoam cooler and dry ice on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
  • You let them thaw and rise overnight; each croissant will almost triple in size by morning.

Ingredients

  • Unbleached enriched wheat flour
  • Butter (pasteurized sweet cream/milk)
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Yeast
  • Milk substitute
  • Salt
  • Yeast
  • Ascorbic acid

Contains Wheat, Milk, Soy

As I said the butter or flour brands can change everything. When I saw this brand, I realized in the details, that it requires 20 minutes for baking. Therefore just keep an eye on them. When your croissants are golden, that means you are good to go!

Cooling Rack Benefits

A cooling rack elevates your food off of a solid surface. So air circulates and the bottom doesn’t get soggy from absorbing residual steam.

Homemade Croissant Recipe

Homemade croissants are the best to prepare a quick snack. You can also use leftover croissants to make nice toasts with various sauces. Baking frozen croissant will enable you to prepare a snack just as fast.

Let me give you a fresh homemade croissant recipe. You will eat your fingers while eating this! First, we start with the special dough. After making the dough, we will be making the croissants. You can also freeze the croissants for later use. Baking frozen croissant will be very useful if you do not have the time to make them each time you crave them!

Pate Levée Feuilletée- Laminated Yeast Dough

Ingredients

  • 320 gr. Water
  • 60 gr. Egg white
  • 25 gr. Fresh Yeast
  • 600 gr. Flour
  • 60 gr. Sugar
  • 12 gr. Salt
  • 300 gr. Butter

Instructions

  • Combine water and fresh yeast
  • Whisk and dissolve the yeast
  • Sieve flour, sugar, and salt. Add into the bowl
  • Knead the low speed about 3-4 minutes
  • Increase the speed to medium and knead for 6-8 minutes(if you are going to go by hands, you need more time for kneading). The dough should be elastic
  • Shape the dough into a bowl
  • Cover with plastic wrap
  • Let rise for around 30 minutes.
  • Flatten the dough to burst any air bubbles inside
  • Give an A4-paper shape to a dough
  • Place on a baking sheet and freeze the dough to be well chilled
  • Use a cling film to shape the butter into a rectangle
  • Place the butter onto the chilled dough
  • Fold the dough over the butter and make the “English inclusion”

English inclusion-In the English method of making croissants, the flour, salt, water, and dough fat are mixed together. This dough is rolled into a long rectangular shape, three times as long as wide. Two-thirds of the dough is covered by dabs of butter. The third without butter is folded into the middle first then the other end is folded on top-

  • Make a double tour
  • Chill for 30 minutes into the refrigerator
  • Add a single tour and let it rest for 2 hours

Croissant

  • Roll the dough to a 35*25 cm square
  • With the tip of a chef knife mark in 10 cm
  • Cut the dough into a triangle
  • Mark the center of the base of each triangle with the knife
  • Gently stretch each triangle with your hand
  • Roll the triangle up from the base to the tip
  • Place on a baking sheet
  • Leave to rise about 20-25 minutes
  • Brush the egg wash evenly over the tops
  • Bake for about 14-16 minutes at 170C
  • Put them on a cooling rack.

Croissant Breakfast

You can make an excellent breakfast by baking frozen croissant. In this picture you see croissant with poached eggs and guatemala sauce.

Do you want to have a nice Sunday breakfast with croissants with Hollandaise Sauce and poached eggs on the side? This will be a very nutritious breakfast, that will make the week’s exhaustion out of your body and will enable you to start the upcoming week in top shape! Let us start with the sauce first. Then we will be making the poached eggs. You can use my recipe to make croissants. Baking frozen croissant is of course another option.

Hollandaise Sauce

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice and zest, or more as desired for flavor
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper or smoked paprika
  • Touch of white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter or ghee, or more for a thinner consistency, melted and hot

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a microwave (make sure it’s covered as it will splatter) for about 1 minute, until it’s hot. Alternatively, you could heat it on the stove.
  • Add the egg yolks, lemon juice, vinegar, dijon mustard, salt, and cayenne pepper into a high powered blender and blend for 5 seconds until combined.
  • With the blender running on medium-high, slowly stream the hot butter into the mixture until it’s emulsified (exactly like mayonnaise making)

Poached Eggs

  1. Crack your egg into a bowl or onto a saucer, this makes it easier to slide into the pan. If there is any very runny white surrounding the thicker white then tip this away.
  2. Add a drop of vinegar (you can add this to the water in the pan if you prefer).
  3. Bring a pan of water filled at least 5cm deep to a simmer. Don’t add any salt as this may break up the egg white.
  4. Stir the water to create a gentle whirlpool to help the egg white wrap around the yolk.
  5. Slowly tip the egg into the center. Make sure the heat is low enough not to throw the egg around – there should only be small bubbles rising.
  6. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the white is set.
  7. Lift the egg out with a slotted spoon and drain it on kitchen paper. Trim off any straggly bits of white.

Conclusion – Baking Frozen Croissant

Croissants can be kept in the freezer for up to one year. However, the quality of the croissants starts to decrease after 2 to 3 months. They will be safe to eat after this, but the quality, flakiness, and taste will not be great. So, of course, there is a difference between Baking Frozen Croissant and Baking Fresh Croissant but as you can see the method of making croissant at home is a bit of a challenge. Sometimes we have to buy the time. If you want to spice things up and rise to the challenge, you can use some super hot sauces to make your croissant even hotter! For example, you can use some ghost pepper sauce. Do not worry, there is a homemade hot sauce recipe in there too!

Hope you will enjoy your Croissant Breakfast. Be creative!

 

chicken wing bouquet

Chicken Wing Bouquet – Asian Chicken Wings

Chicken Wing Bouquet – An Asian Breeze on Wings

Chicken Wing Bouquet

I will be honest, when I saw this subject my first reaction was “what the hell is CHICKEN WING BOUQUET! “ Who does that and who wants to eat chicken wings on a bouquet? Then I have remembered something. It was not like an idea though, more like an image. I told my editor that I will cook my wings Asian Street Food style, I did not know why at first. Then I have remembered.

I saw it on Netflix Documentary called “Street Food Asia; Episode Singapore”. I love that documentary series.  Then I was enlightened. Singapore Style Chicken wings! And my following reaction was “Oh yeaaaah, this is a cool research topic!” I am so excited because we are going to talk about history, multiculturalism, cheap and amazing food, and of course I will share a homemade beautifully glazed, skewered chicken wings recipe. I am going to plate it but you can definitely make a Bouquet of Chicken Wings.

History of Singapore Hawker Centres (Food Centres)

Dating as far back as the 1800s, hawker culture in Singapore originated from the early migrant population selling quick, affordable meals on street pavements, in town squares and parks – wherever they could set up their makeshift stalls. Their main advertisement? The lip-smacking aromas of delicacies being cooked served and eaten on the spot by hungry passers-by. Fast-forward a couple of centuries and the Singapore government has sought to bring hawkers under one roof.

Safe & Clean & Cheap & Mouthwatering Food

Hawker centers have now become a safe, clean, open kitchen where customers can watch exactly how their food is being prepared and served. And the best part? Right next door and in every direction you look there’s a dizzying array of dishes to choose from. This has got to be one of the most diverse and extensive menus on the planet.

Consider the plethora of hot drink options: there is an astounding number of permutations of tea and coffee. Say goodbye to milk and two sugars. And hello to rich condensed milk, masala spices, and ginger, left to steep, served on shaved ice, or ‘pulled’ from a great height. Each morning, seniors gather to read their papers whilst sipping from their saucers – an old and ingenious way to cool down their piping hot drink. Young or old, it’s clear that hawker centers have shaped the nation’s daily routine.

World’s Cheapest Michelin-Starred Meal

There’s no doubt the food is exceptional, but the significance of hawker cuisine reaches much further than a quick, cheap eat!

Support Singapore’s bid to “chope” a deserved place on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity today. But external factors can be tough for all of us. While I was researching ı have found myself on The Indıan Express website. It was saying that the hawker culture has been beset by problems, including the fact that fewer and fewer young Singaporeans are keen to work the long, hard hours that a street hawking stall requires. Additionally, the rising costs of ingredients have made it increasingly unsustainable to sell high-quality food that is cheap.

Covid-19 Effects

Which has left much of the global food and hospitality industry in tatters, also hit Singapore’s street vendors hard. While community initiatives, such as Hawker Heroes SG, which offers a completely free delivery service to the worst-hit hawkers, have come up, the Unesco announcement is expected to provide a much-required boost to Singapore’s unique street hawker culture.

I will not jump into politics. I just want to add that for a long time I really am thinking and reading about sustainability, agricultural policies, food, and social status relations. In addition to this; as I said external factors can be tough but internal factors are as important as external factors. So I hope that we can protect our planet, our cultures as an individual and as a member of the society. We just need to be proactive, caring for each other, and fulfilled with love. I am not going to attack selfish governments…  Anyway, let’s jump into the homemade chicken wing bouquet.

Homemade Chicken Wing Bouquet

Chicken Wing Bouquet Ingredients laying on the kitchen countertop

First of all, there is an important question. How can we add a smokey flavor to our dish if we do not have Bbq, charcoal, smoking gun, or any other ways of smoking? We just need one simple thing!

Stainless Steel Flat Strainer

I admit this cooking technique can be messy. But I have some tips for that. We always cover our stoves with aluminum foil in our restaurants. At the end of the service, we have to do our deep kitchen cleaning but after the rush and messy nights, we naturally get tired. But with this simple, practical move we just need to remove the mess with aluminum foil and wipe our stoves. That is it. It is a really practical way. I already took photos of marinating and cooking process. I will try to share it with you so you can follow it easily and this will help you make your chicken wing bouquet.

Since Singapore is a multicultural society I have used ingredients from India, Japan, China etc.

Ingredients

Marination

  • 25g Shallot
  • 5 cloves Chopped Garlic
  • 10g Ginger
  • 3 tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon Caramelised Dark Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Light Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Fish Sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar-Free Peanutbutter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chili Flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Black/White Pepper
  • 1 Lime Juice and zest
  • Salt (I won’t give you an amount of salt because we are using soy sauce here. Saltiness changes brand to brand, therefore put salt at the end of your marination preparation)

Others

10 pcs Chicken Wings

Sides

  • Satsuma wedges
  • Baby Gem Lettuce / Caramelized or Raw

Note: Satsuma mandarin may have originated in China. Some say Japan…So if you do not have Satsuma, you can definitely use mandarin, lemon, orange etc.

Instructions

Day 1

  • 1. Blend all the ingredients in the blender into a paste.
  • 2. In a large mixing bowl, add all the blended marination and our pat-dry wings. (You should check our best blender articles, if you want the best quiet blender or if you are not planning to get it, you can just go with your knife and prepare your imagination.)
Starting the Chicken Wing Bouquet marination
  • 3. Mix well and cover with cling wrap.
  • 4. Marinate overnight, in the fridge.

Note: Since there are salt and citrus (acidity) in our marination it will be chemically cooked a bit. Because of that marinating time is important. Besides that, if you keep our wings in marination for 6 hours instead of keeping them overnight, our marination will be infused into the chicken weaker.

You can use these skewers to get your chicken wings in order.

Day 2

Chicken Wing bouquet after marination
  1. Remove our wings from marination
  2. Skewer the wings and put them on a grilling tray or cooling rack, let it rest for a while
  3. Transfer remaining marination into a saucepan and reduce it. This will enhance the flavor and our marination will be a thick sauce.
  4. Brush our wings with reduced marination
  5. Cook them on a stainless steel strainer.
Chicken Wing Bouquet being cooked on a strainer

Note: You can definitely cook them on a pan, grill, or even cook them in the oven. I just want smokey BBQ flavor. That is why I want to share with you. Since the article is about Bouquet of Chicken Wings, there is no reason for going further and surprising our guests with simple and tricky cooking techniques.

First of all, if you have a thermometer please check our cooked wings’ internal temperature. It has to be 165F. If you do not have a thermometer, cut one of them and check it. If they are undercooked, finish your cooking in the oven or on a pan. And do yourself a favor! Please do not overcook the wings. I believe we all want them juicy and smokey 🙂 The chicken wing bouquet should be juicy and smokey!

Plating

  • Put the skewered chicken wings on the plate. (Or make a bouquet with your cooked chicken wings.)
  • Put your reduced marination/sauce on the plate.
  • Cut your Baby Gem Lettuce or any other fresh crispy lettuce in a half. If you are going to caramelize them, drizzle some sesame oil and a pinch of salt. Then cook them on an open fire(on your stainless steel strainer) or caramelize your lettuce on a heated pan.
  • Put it on the plate with Satsuma/any other citrus wedges
  • Sprinkle Sesame Seeds on top of the Chicken Wings
Chicken Wing Bouquet ready to go in a bouquet

Conclusion

Final product with a piece of cloth near it. Looks dashing, tasty and a good combination of red and burnt green is present in the photograph

I need to add that this kind of cooking techniques are not totally healthy because of the smoke, there is no barrier between the open fire and the products. But since this is street food I think it is fine to eat for pleasure sometimes. However, if you prefer to eat more healthily you can cook your Chicken Wing Bouquet on a pan or in the oven. I wanted to show you all the process. I hope this will help you. This is the end of another JarKitchen day, be creative. Surprise your guests. Cook some Wings!

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