Food trends are constantly evolving, and the culinary world is always finding new and exciting ways to surprise our taste buds. One such trend that has gained popularity in recent years is the Croffle. This delightful creation combines the flakiness of a croissant with the crispiness of a waffle, resulting in a unique and mouthwatering treat.
Initially introduced in Seoul, South Korea, croffles are essentially a hybrid pastry that blends the buttery, layered goodness of a croissant with the texture and grid-like pattern of a waffle. The result is a crispy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside treat that offers the best of both worlds. These delectable pastries, whether sweet or occasionally savory, swiftly established themselves as a must-have item in fashionable patisseries, coffeehouses and dessert parlours worldwide.
How to make a Croffle
Creating a Croffle starts with croissant dough, which is made from layers of butter and pastry dough, folded and rolled repeatedly to create that signature flaky texture. Traditionally, croissants are baked in the shape of crescents, but for croffles, the dough is cooked in a waffle iron instead of being baked in the oven. The waffle iron is crucial to achieving the unique croffle texture. It presses the layers of croissant dough together, creating a crispy exterior while preserving the soft, flaky interior. The waffle iron also gives the croffle its distinctive grid pattern, which adds to its visual appeal.
For those who are staying current with the croffle craze and considering incorporating them into their menu, Sephra has introduced the Croffle Maker. This appliance features a clever rotating mechanism, allowing it to be positioned at an angle, effectively directing any surplus oils into a handy drip tray. This eliminates the risk of excess grease build-up, which might harm conventional machines over time. The machine is equipped with user-friendly coated plates that are easy to clean, adjustable timers and thermostats, as well as an audible alarm that notifies you when your delectable, golden croffles are ready.
How to serve a Croffle
Much like croissants and waffles, croffles come in a variety of flavours and fillings to cater to diverse tastes. While the classic plain croffle is a delightful treat on its own, many bakeries and cafés offer inventive variations, such as chocolate-filled croffles, almond croffles, or savoury options like ham and cheese croffles. These options allow you to choose your own adventure when it comes to flavour.
Croffles are often served with an array of toppings and accompaniments to take them to the next level. Sweet croffles may be garnished with powdered sugar, fresh berries, whipped cream, or a drizzle of Maple Syrup. Savoury croffles can be paired with ingredients like scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, avocado, or hollandaise sauce. The possibilities are endless.
Some of our favourite combinations are Sephra Chocolate Fudge Topping Sauce with Sephra Mini Fudge Pieces, Sephra Milk Chocolate Sauce with Cadbury Crunchie Bits or Sephra White Chocolate and Raspberry Topping Sauces with fresh fruit.
It comes as no shock that croffles have garnered such widespread popularity. Their distinctive texture and adaptability render them a delectable delight that can be customised to suit a diverse range of tastes. Not only that, but their visually captivating grid pattern makes them an ideal treat for showcasing on Instagram. Whether you’re a fan of sweet and savoury, there is a croffle for you. If you haven’t tried one yet – what are you waiting for?!