Sweet tooths at the Seaport Farmers' Market have croissnut fever, thanks to baker Leah Jones and her Maritime Pasty Company (1209 Marginal Road, 877-4144).
It's a mouthful of a name, an addictive treat, and it's Halifax's only take on the cronut™, the trademarked delicacy made famous by New York chef Dominique Ansel.
Delving in into the world of croissant-donut hybrids was a suggestion from 2 Doors Down's Andrew Farrell, a regular purchaser of Jones’ also delicious Cornish pasties.
“We looked it up and we couldn't believe it. You feel so stupid,” laughs Jones, who promptly started experimenting with her croissant dough the next day.
Since then Jones has perfected her croissnut, frying them very carefully (only two at a time) in grape seed oil, creating chocolate and lemon varieties. And weekend market-goers (including me) have gone mad for them. Last Saturday she sold 100.
“That's the joy of baking,” says Jones. “When you feel you're giving something to people and you know they'll be really happy.”
Maritime Pasty Co. sells croissnuts Saturdays and Sunday, and its other goodies—Cornish pasties, croissants, Eccles cakes— Wednesday to Friday, 10am-4pm.