So there you are, innocently browsing the internet for some baked goods ideas and before you know it, you’ve veered down the rabbit hole of culinary delights that leads straight to something called hybrid desserts. If you don’t know the term ‘hybrid dessert’ you clearly have not searched for baked goods online all that much and we are extremely excited that we have the opportunity to introduce you to these marvelous inventions from around the web.
First off, the hybrid dessert that started it all:
1. Croissants & Donuts
Half croissant, half doughnut, the Cronut was devised by French pastry chef Dominique Ansel in New York and created ripples of excitement around the world. Essentially, what you are looking at is the shape, fried taste, and creamy interior of a doughnut and the delicate flaky pastry layers of the croissant. You can understand why the entire baking establishment went mental, right? The baker himself tweeted about customers crying when the cronuts ran out and has also patented the name of his signature dessert to retain its authenticity.
2. Churros & Cheesecake
Churros are a traditional Mexican dessert that consists of friend choux dough, often rolled in cinnamon sugar. History is quite divided about the origin of the humble churro, but whether Spanish shepherds, Portuguese sailors, or the Chinese get the credit for its invention, it was the conquistadors who introduced the dessert to Latin America. Since then, the modern day churro has become synonymous with Mexican culture.
Cheesecake on the other hand dates back a whopping 4000 years to ancient Greece! There is evidence that this calorie-rich dessert, which at the time was prepared using only flour, wheat, honey, and cheese, was served to athletes ahead of the first Olympic Games in 776 BC. The first written cheesecake recipe is credited to the writer Athenaeus who jotted it down in 230 AD. When the Romans conquered Greece, the cheesecake recipe was among the spoils of war. They modified it including crushed cheese and eggs and took it around the globe as their empire expanded. And now we’ve combined these two historic desserts to arrive at the inimitable Churro Cheesecake. Doesn’t it look delicious?
3. S’mores & Cookies
The S’more is a well-known campfire treat popular throughout Northern America and Canada. It is made using fire roasted marshmallow and chocolate that is melted between two sweet crackers. Nobody is exactly sure who first invented this tasty treat, but the first published mention thereof was found in the 1927 edition of ‘Tramping & Trailing with the Girl Scouts’ by Loretta Scott Crew. It was originally called ‘Some Mores’, which is perfectly understandable to anyone who has ever enjoyed one.
Naturally, we can’t head outside and start up a fire every time we feel like a S’more, which is why some good Samaritan came up with the S’more Cookie. Simply take your favourite cookie dough, top it with chocolate and marshmallow and pop it in the oven to enjoy the same flavours indoors.
4. Macarons & Donuts
The Macaron cookie was born in Italy, introduced by the chef of Catherine de Medicis in 1533 at the time of her marriage to the Duc d’Orleans. Delicate and airy, the cookie has a shell prepared of almond flour, sugar, and egg whites that is crunchy on the outside and slightly chewy on the insides. These shells are then stuck together using a sweet filling like meringue, butter cream, jam or ganache.
The history of the donut, on the other hand, is not all that easy to trace. The most popular theory lays the invention thereof at the feet of Dutch settlers in North America who referred to the baked treat as ‘oliekoek’ (which translates to ‘oil cake’). Combine the two and you arrive at an inventive hybrid dessert that will have you licking your plate, guaranteed.
5. Flan & Chocolate Cake
Flan is another dessert that dates as far back as ancient Rome. It was during Roman times that domesticated chickens were first kept for laying eggs. The Romans, with eggs in surplus, and consulting the Greek’s knowledge of the art of cooking, developed new recipes, one of which turned out to be a custard concoction known as flan. It was originally a savoury dish (not sweet, but aromatic and pleasing to the palate). They also had a very nice sweet flan that was flavoured with honey.
Combine this tasty custard dessert with chocolate cake and you get Chocoflan – a classic Mexican treat that combines a rich decadent layer of chocolate cake, a creamy layer of flan, and topped with caramel sauce. Yum!
Don’t you just wish you could get all of these delicious hybrid desserts in one great big baked goods hamper? Keep your eye on the Crustique blog in the coming weeks for more awesome news, advice, tips, and trends. We do all the legwork to ensure that you stay ahead of the curve where baking is concerned; all you need to do is pop by!