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Pastry Porn From the Creator of the Cronut

In ”The Secret Recipes,” New York chef Dominique Ansel describes what inspired his most iconic creations

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DOMINIQUE ANSEL: THE SECRET RECIPES Dominique Ansel

S’mores
”The world speaks to each of us in a particular language,” writes Ansel. ”I look at a s’more and see not just how it’s made, but how it could be made.” His version — a nugget of vanilla ice cream enveloped with chocolate and homemade marshmallow — is ”torched to order for customers.”

Cronut
Though Ansel is proud of his cream-filled doughnut-croissant hybrid, he doesn’t want to be defined by it. His bakery, he says in the book, ”did the one thing nobody thought we would do — we tried to ignore the Cronut.”