Homemade Cruffins with Sweet Sugar Coating: A Flaky and Decadent Pastry

Embark on a delightful baking adventure with these Homemade Cruffins, a delicious fusion of croissants and muffins. This recipe guides you through the process of making a layered, buttery dough from scratch, resulting in cruffins that are both flaky and tender. The dough is laminated with a butter block and folded multiple times to create distinct layers, mirroring the technique used in classic croissant making. Once baked, these cruffins are rolled in sugar, giving them a sweet and irresistible finish. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as a treat with your afternoon coffee, these homemade cruffins are sure to impress with their unique shape and exquisite taste.


For the Dough:

  • 1 ½ cups unsalted butter, soft (for butter block) (350g)
  • 1 ½ cups room temperature milk (360ml)
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons instant yeast (10g)
  • 4 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour (560g)
  • ¼ cup sugar (50g)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, soft (25g)
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt (14g)

For Coating:

  • 2 cups sugar


  1. Butter Block: Place butter in a ziplock bag and roll into a 10×9-inch block. Chill.
  2. Dough Preparation: In a mixer, stir yeast into milk. Let sit for 5 minutes. Add flour, sugar, salt, and 2 tablespoons butter. Mix to form a dough and knead for 2-3 minutes. Chill for 8-10 hours.
  3. Laminate: Roll chilled dough into a 15×9-inch rectangle. Place butter block on half of the dough, fold, and seal edges. Chill for 10 minutes.
  4. Folding: Roll dough to 21×10 inches. Perform a book fold. Chill for 15-20 minutes. Repeat folding process twice more, chilling between each fold. Rest dough for 1 hour.
  5. Shaping: Divide dough in half. Roll one part into an 8×18-inch rectangle. Cut into 1-inch strips. Layer two strips and roll into a swirl. Place in a greased muffin tin. Repeat with remaining dough.
  6. Proofing: Let cruffins rise for 60 minutes.
  7. Baking: Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Bake for 12 minutes, reduce heat to 350°F, and bake for an additional 12 minutes.
  8. Finishing: Roll each cruffin in sugar while still warm.

Recipe Notes:

  • Keep the work surface floured to prevent sticking.
  • If butter leaks, dust with flour and chill as needed.
  • Alternatively, use store-bought puff pastry for a quicker version.

Enjoy these homemade cruffins as a luxurious treat, perfect for sharing with friends and family. Don’t forget to bookmark our site for more unique and delightful pastry recipes!

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