I get a kick out of watching desserts made with liquid nitrogen, so when I heard of the Sub Zero ice cream chain, I really wanted to check it out.
Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt makes frozen yogurt and ice cream right in front of you using liquid nitrogen. The process is a little like places like Cold Stone, where you choose an ice cream and then different flavors and mix-ins. The ice cream is still in its liquid form when you place your order. They pour in the liquid, toppings and flavors into a bowl. Then they turn on the liquid nitrogen and begin mixing until it becomes solid ice cream.
I woke up Sunday morning and I had an insatiable craving for a pumpkin pull apart bread. Thin sheets of pumpkin bread stuck together and doused in cinnamon, sugar and glaze. This bread was half devoured 5 minutes after I finished photographing.
It was everything I had been craving. I made pumpkin pull apart buns last year, but I wanted to try out another recipe for this bread.
I’ve heard a lot of good things about Peterson’s Donut Corner, including their super sized donuts, plentiful selection, and most recently: their addition of cronuts.
So this weekend, Mr. K and I finally made the trip over to Escondido to try out the donuts.
The donut store is open 24 hours and has a wide selection. I immediately liked that they had so many donuts still available when we went at 11 am, since most popular donut shops in San Diego are already out of donuts by this time.
You can’t enter the shop to view the donuts. Instead, you can walk around and peer through the glass windows to get an idea of what is available. Once you’re ready, you go to one of the windows and place your order.
First, the Cronuts. I got three different ones: chocolate, strawberry and maple bacon.
Let’s start with the good. Peterson’s offers 6 flavors of cronuts: chocolate, maple, maple bacon, glazed, strawberry, cinnamon sugar. They are priced at $2.95 which is a little lower than the average price I’ve been seeing. They are probably the easiest cronuts to come by. Not only are they usually available in the mornings, but you can place an order the day before. There’s no restriction on how many you want to reserve. The man I spoke to was really nice and even asked how I wanted the chocolate and strawberry ones decorated.
This was the first cronut I’ve had that is actually squared shaped rather than round. There’s no pastry cream in the middle like the original version, just frosting on top to differentiate the flavors. The donuts were quite crisp and flaky when we first got them, though they tasted mainly of croissant rather than a hybrid of croissant and donuts.
Now onto the bad.