Introduction: Sugared Cruffins With Triple Berry Quick-jam
I think it's about time we give the Cruffin the spotlight.
It's April 2020, all of us are practicing self-isolation and we don't always have access to our favorite delicacies in the bakery. Food deliveries can be costly and we suddenly have all this time in our hands. So why not give this recipe a shot? I know the croissant and almost all laminated type doughs can be very intimidating, but i reassure you the cruffin is a little more forgiving especially for home bakers. Just the usual rule applies, but everything else could just fall into your hands and let fate takes its course. We aren't trying to achieve the perfect honeycomb structure, all we need for this is a few good distinctive layers!
Also, I'll be teaching you how I make my homemade triple berry quick jam. Perfect for cruffin or cake fillings and even your peanut butter and jelly sandwich! It's THAT yummy!
So let's get to it!
This recipe will yield approximately 18 Cruffins total.
Step 2: Beurrage (Butter Slab)
You will need:
272g (2 sticks + 3.5 tablespoon) of salted European butter, slightly soften.
2 sheets of wax or parchment paper
A rolling pin
Lay your first sheet of wax paper on the counter. Using a knife, cut the butter per tablespoon. You should have ended up with 20 squares total. Arrange your cubes of butter into a 5 by 4 rectangle. Then lay your second sheet of wax paper over the butter and wrap the sides neatly like a parcel.
Using a rolling pin, apply an adequate amount of pressure on top, to squish and shape your butter into a block. Be careful not to apply too much pressure or the butter might burst out of the paper wrapping. I shaped my block into an 8 by 7 rectangle. If you feel like you might have accidentally wrapped it too tight, just turn the block over and loosen the paper a little.
Once completed, place your beurrage or butter slab into your refrigerator to cool down and stiffen up a little.
Step 4: Mother Dough
Ingredients you will need:
1 packet (20g) of fast rising yeast
260g of lukewarm water
500g of all purpose flour
60 g of white granulated sugar
10g of salt
2 egg yolks
75g (5 tablespoon) of butter, soften
In a small bowl, mixed your yeast and lukewarm water. Set aside to froth.
Then in a large mixing bowl, combined the rest of your ingredients together. Then add in your frothed yeast water.
Step 5: Knead
If you are using a stand mixer, knead your dough for 15 minutes until smooth and silky.
If you decide to knead it by hand (as how i had shown here), you will be kneading it for at least 15 minutes. The dough will be shaggy at first and then transition to something very sticky. DO NOT add flour. Continue to knead it a little more until it forms a rough looking ball.
Place your dough on your counter (without flour) and continue to knead by hand, pushing and scraping back the dough continuously until the ball is no longer sticky. Continue to knead a little more until it forms a tight smooth ball.
Once formed into a silky smooth ball, place the dough in a clean UNgreased bowl and cover with a saran wrap to prevent it from drying out. Place it in the fridge for 20-30 minutes to relax the gluten.
Step 7: Wrap Your Butter
First, pull out your beurrage and let it thaw out of your fridge for a few minutes until it is pliable. You know your butter is ready when it is able to bend like playdough.
Remove your dough out of the refrigerator. After your dough has relaxed and cooled, place your dough on a floured counter top. Roll out your dough into a rectangle big enough to wrap itself around your beurrage.
Seal and pinch the edges of your dough like an enclosed parcel. Ensure that it is sealed tight or the butter might squeezed out when rolled.
Step 9: First Fold
After pinching the open ends, sprinkle just a little flour over the top of you dough to prevent any sticking.
Using a rolling pin (or a wine bottle that will also do), apply some pressure and press your dough to gently and evenly distribute the butter before rolling. That way you don't risk breaking the butter by applying too much force all too sudden. After it is a little flatter, begin rolling your dough in a back and forth motion ONLY. Just 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock. North and south. Roll until it double or even triple in length.
Important note: If anytime during this process, you feel like your dough is resisting and fighting back, STOP. Just cover it over with saran wrap and let your dough rest a little more in the fridge. Don't fight your dough. It will break your butter and make your dough tough. Just remember to thaw it just a little before continuing back rolling.
Occasionally lift the bottom of your dough to ensure nothing is sticking to your counter top. Dust a little flour under if you need it.
Then begin folding your dough in a letter style. Lift 1/3 of the right end of the dough and fold it into the center. Then lift the left side and fold over. Just like folding a paper into an envelope. See?
Then wrap it up with saran wrap and freeze your dough for 20 minutes.
Step 11: Second Fold
Remove your dough from the freezer and let it thaw on your counter top for several minutes until the butter is no longer brittle.
You can roughly check and tell your butter is ready when you can bend your dough/butter easily. If it still feels cold and brittle, let it sit out a little longer.
When it's finally pliable and you can feel your butter is a little squishy in between. With the open flap side facing right, roll out your dough in the same back and forth motion. Exactly the same length as before. And continue flipping a third of the rectangle to form your envelope. Covering it and back to the freezer for another 20 minutes.
REPEAT the same thing for your Third Fold.
Step 13: Making Your Triple Berry Quick-jam
This recipe is great if you like to have some fruity berry filling. No canning knowledge necessary. This recipe can be converted to larger volumes to fill cakes and even pies!
2 cups of frozen Berry Medley mix (mine has strawberries, blueberries, raspberry and blackberries)
1 cup of white granulated sugar
1.5 teaspoon of citric acid
3 tablespoon of tapioca starch/flour
3 tablespoon of water
In a medium sauce pot, combined your berries and sugar together, Set your stove to warm/low and let it macerate and heat up slowly. After 10 minutes, you will see that your berries has juiced up significantly. Increase the heat to medium and let it cook till it bubbles. Once bubbling, add in your citric acid and stir.
Spoon 3 tablespoon of water into your tapioca starch and dissolves it to form a slurry. Pour your slurry into the bubbling berries and stir evenly. Cook for 5 -10 minutes until it thickens and no longer cloudy.
It is ready when it has a jammy consistency, translucent and have a beautiful gloss. Pour your jam into a heatproof bowl, cover with saran wrap and let it cool down completely in the fridge for an hour.
Step 14: Prep Your Pans
You will need:
1 cupcake or popover pan
1 tablespoon of soften butter
1/3 cup of white granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder* optional
Grease your pan with butter, just the caverns only, sides and bottom. Then mix your sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Place about 1 tablespoon of cinnamon sugar and agitate the pan so the sides are coated with sugar.
Step 15: Thaw Out Your Dough
Before rolling for the final time, thaw out your dough as per usual. As you can see, i tried to roll out mine but it was still resisting, so back in the fridge to rest a little more.
Step 16: Making Individual Cruffins
You will need:
Rotary cutter or a very sharp knife
Ensure to thaw out your dough before rolling as per usual. Then begin to roll out your dough into a 60cm by 29cm rectangle. Using a rotary cutter and ruler, neatly trim the edges of your rectangle. You can discard or save the trimmings later as a snack. If you lack counter space, you can divide the dough in half and leave the other half to rest in the fridge, covered with saran.
I decide to work only half of the dough for today (because one could only eat that much cruffins in one day).
Divide your dough into individual rectangles measuring about 7 inches by 3 inches. This will yield 8 cruffins more or less.
Then within each individual rectangle, mark 1 inch of the right side.
Using a rotary cutter, cut along the 1 inch markings. You will yield 8 trapezoids.
Step 19: Roll Your Cruffins
Begin by tucking the wide end of the dough into itself firmly, but not too tight that you risk damaging the layers.
Then carefully and firmly roll as you go, making sure the base is constantly flat.
Then place your individual rolls into each cavern of your cupcake or popover pan. Ensure that the ends are tuck to the side of the pan so it doesn't unravel itself during baking. Alternatively, you can tuck the ends at the base of the cruffin but it will make your cruffin lopsided after baking. I personally prefer a flat base.
Continue with the rest of your cruffins. Once completed, cover with a saran wrap and let it proof in a cool room for 2.5-3 hours in a cool, draft-free room.
Why so long? Yeasted laminated doughs require a long time to proof to ensure that the butter doesn't not leak out while baking and potentially create a butter pool mess in your oven. This is a great time to relax and continue your daily errands.
Step 21: Bake!
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bake your cruffins at 400'F for 25 minutes until dark golden brown.
While baking, prep your sugar coating. Pour about 1 cup of white granulated sugar into a bowl. Add cinnamon if you desire.
Step 22: Sugar Coat It
After baking, remove your cruffins out of the oven. Immediately coat them in your sugar before it cools. It will not stick when it is cold. Place them on a wire rack to cool down.
Now because the cruffins are tender while hot, you can cool them upside down, so it will not damage it's shape. Once cooled and slightly harden, it will be able to stand on its own.
Now these are ready to eat on it's own! But i will continue with my triple berry filling and show you how i stuffed them.
For this you will need some piping tools and kits. If you don't have any, you could use a ziplock bag as a substitute.
Begin my using a butter knife to poke and pry a small opening at the top of your cruffin. Then gradually dig the hole deeper so more filling can be piped inside. Be careful not to handle your cruffins too roughly, as they are extremely flaky and tender, you don't want to ruin them. Piped your fillings as much as possible, and finish off with a dallop of frosting and other decorations. i placed some sugared frozen fruits on top.
And you're done!
I also made a really small batch of my brown butter icing to frost the top. It adds a caramel-y taste paired beautifully with the buttery cruffin and sweet berry jam. Below is the recipe for my quick brown butter buttercream frosting.
5 tablespoon of salted butter, browned and chilled
3/4 cup of confectionery sugar
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of milk
In a small pan, place your butter and heat the stove at medium setting. Cook your butter at medium heat until it bubbles. Continue to stir the butter until it reaches a light amber color and smell nutty. Remove from heat and let it cool in the freezer until it stiffens back to its solid form.
Place your browned butter, confectionery sugar, vanilla and milk in a mixing bowl and whipped it till it reaches a buttercream consistency. Placed in a piping bag and set aside.
If you cut the cruffin lengthwise or crosswise, you can see the crisps flaky layers outside and the soft buttery inside.
Don't fancy piping? Cut it in half and spread that delicious berry jam over it. And if you are a peanut butter & jelly fan, go on and spread some peanut butter over it too. No regrets ;)
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