The local kosher DD is now stocking their imitation of the famous cronut. According to the teudah on the wall, pas Yisrael isn't an issue with donuts since they are fried, croissants require washing since they are bread, but it didn't address cronuts, which are midway between these two items.

How does one halachically classify the cronut for purposes of bracha rishonah, pas Yisrael, etc.?

(Note: I am not precisely sure how the cronut is made, since the creator has been rather secretive with the recipe. Clarification on this matter might resolve the whole issue. Or it might complicate things.)

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    How are croissants bread? – Noach MiFrankfurt Dec 28 '15 at 23:16
  • According to the vaad, they are baked flour. The addition of a substantial amount of oil for Ashkenazis is apparently immaterial in their eyes. – Isaac Kotlicky Dec 28 '15 at 23:36
  • Isaac, I've never heard of adding oil, but enough butter to kill a small child is certainly necessary. – Noach MiFrankfurt Dec 28 '15 at 23:39
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    @IsaacKotlicky AFAICT, the only time a croissant would be HaMotzi is if you are Koveah Seduah on it. A cronut, distinctly a dessert, would seem harder to be koveah seduah on. My vote is for Mezonot – SAH Dec 28 '15 at 23:40
  • @noachmifrankfurt I'm not a baker :) replace "oil" above with "fat." – Isaac Kotlicky Dec 28 '15 at 23:41

The Wikipedia page defines cronuts as fried, so, assuming DD is making them the normal way, they are not subject to Pas Yisrael.

Regarding the Bracha, the Shulchan Aruch (OC 168:7) defines Pas HaBa'a BeKisnin in three ways, one of which is:

...וְיֵשׁ אוֹמְרִים שֶׁהִיא עִסָה שֶׁעֵרֵב בָּהּ דְּבַשׁ אוֹ שֶׁמֶן

וַהֲלָכָה כְּדִבְרֵי כֻּלָּם שֶׁלְּכָל אֵלּוּ הַדְּבָרִים נוֹתְנִים לָהֶם דִּינִים שֶׁאָמַרְנוּ בְּפַת הַבָּאָה בְּכִסְנִין.

And there are those who say that it is dough with which he mixed honey or oil... And the halacha is like the words of everyone, that to all these things, we give the rule of Pas HaBa'a BeKisnin.

Accordingly, it would seem that a cronut is Pas HaBa'ah BeKisnin.

As for the rules of Pas HaBa'ah BeKisnin, see the article in Halachipedia for a full summary, but, IIRC, a Sefardi would say HaMotzi/Birkat HaMazon, while an Ashkenazi would be stuck within a complicated Machloket, in which case all I can recommend is CYLOR.

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