Go Fork Yourself: The #Cronut – Marker Hotel, Dublin
Pros:Tasty, new, inventive
The Dublin Cronut craze is in full swing. Seán hits The Marker for a taste.
This is the internet. Welcome. Glad you could make it. Considering you’re here it should come as no surprise that you’re already well familiar and versed with the Cronut. No? Okay, just incase you’re not familiar with the latest craze in patisserie culture Ramp is here to help. Just because we’re sound like that.
The Cronut is essentially a donut comprised of not of the usual spongey cake material, but of light fluffy croissant pastry which exploded in popularity thanks to the Dominique Ansel Bakery in NYC. The ‘nut’ portion of the Cronut name hailing from the traditional Donut baking method, i.e. ring shaped and fried. Available in Ireland only from the Marker Hotel, Dublin from 8-9am every day, head chef Gareth Mullins and his team mix up the flavours every so often. These highly desired treats are made in limited batches (10 boxes a day) and served in a first-come, first-served fashion really testing the dedication of Dublin’s foodies. When I arrived at 8.30am there were only five boxes left. They retail at €10 for a box of four so at €2.50 per cronut it ain’t cheap.
This week’s flavours are Raspberry meringue and Peanut Butter Crunch. The pasty is light and warm the icing on top is meticulous and hand done. The raspberry variant has a single ring of blowtorched meringue on top and inside there’s a tart raspberry flavoured custard which is the real jewel. The Peanut crunch is the tastier of the two perfectly balancing the sweet/savory aspect with a nice nod to Reese’s peanut butter cups.
Make no bones about it, these are a treat. They are though, most definitely calorific beyond comprehension. Our advice? Justify your purchase by walking to the Marker Hotel and share your box of four with three lucky mates. No one else in Ireland is selling these just yet – so for now the Marker have the market cornered. How long before the Cronut crown is challenged by a Bretzel or Cinnamon though?
Get em while they’re HOT! The re-invention of retro confectionery is really heating up and my biggest wonder is when we’ll see Happy Eclairs hit our shores?