The opening of the Minnesota State Fair yesterday brought lots of fried goodness, including a new cronut imitator: the French Meadow's dough-sant. It's made out of the French Meadow's croissant dough, deep-fried and covered in powdered sugar, all for $4 and only available at the bakery's state fair stand (for now).
Both Heavy Table and Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine included it in their round-ups of new fair food, though they had slightly differing opinions on the newest contender in cronut land.
Grumdahl rated the dough-sant her number one "newbie" food, writing: "French Meadow made a Dough-Sant, a donut made from their locally legendary croissant dough, and it's a humdinger of a tongue-tickler. The exterior is ultra-crisp flakes of dough, the interior is so tender it's almost creamy, the powdered sugar adds a little State Fair decadence, and there it is. Best of the year, says me, and I bet everyone else."
The Heavy Table was more ambivalent: "For all the cro-nut / dough-sant hype, we have little to say about this fried croissant dough dessert. Buttery and flaky, kind of doughy in both good and bad senses of the word. We regarded it with both wary respect and a disinterest in getting to know it better."
· Top New 2013 MN State Fair Foods [Dara]
· The 2013 Minnesota State Fair Food Tour [Heavy Table]
· All Coverage of Cronuts [Eater MPLS]
[Photo: Brenda Johnson, Heavy Table]