You’ve heard of croffles (croissant meets waffles) and cronuts (croissant meets doughnuts), and now let’s introduce you to the latest franken-pastry in town: cruffins.
Cruffins are croissants baked in the shape of muffins and we can understand the lure of it.
Imagine the texture from the light flakiness of the croissant all puffed up in a muffin tin, with various fillings piped inside for a spot-on sweet treat for the soul. Yes, yummy.
We’ve huffed around town to find eight of the best cruffins that are absolutely chuffin’, no bluffin’!
From artisanal bakeries with a whole range of cruffin flavours for your choosing pleasure, to test kitchens with just one signature cruffin flavour that’s totally worth the effort to hunt down – we’ve got something for everyone.
8 best cruffins you can find in Singapore
1. Mr Holmes Bakehouse
Before Mr Holmes landed on our shores earlier this year in July with their fantabulous cruffin bakes, we are wondering where we managed to satisfy our cruffin cravings before this!
They’re after all the OG creator of cruffin and we’re so glad they have opened a store in Singapore.
A real sight to behold with their sugary high tops and an equally delicious treat for the mouth with their creamy centres, this is the one place you should visit if you have never had a cruffin before. A Mr Holmes’ cruffin is surely a wonderful first bite of this baked treat!
Their flavours rotate every three months or so, so do check out their social media accounts to keep updated of the latest flavour refreshes going on.
2. Bakery Brera & Fine Foods
Rising to new heights of social media-fuelled popularity during the circuit breaker period last year was the cruffin. Specifically, Bakery Brera’s delectable cruffins. At the peak of their popularity, there was a wait-list simply to order these muffin-shaped goodies, while walk-in customers would even find them sold out on the shelves within minutes of the store opening.
Are they worth the hype? Here’s a hint: Y-E-S.
There are four classic (Lemon Curd, Ferrero Rocher, Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter and Jelly), and one seasonal flavour (it’s Coffee Cruffin with cinnamon sugar in November) but they’re all to-die-for.
These cruffins are sugar encrusted without being overly sweet, with a generous dollop of creamy filling stuffed inside a flaky, buttery croissant pastry; but seriously, you must really try Bakery Brera’s cruffins to understand why everyone loves them.
PS: If you’re eating these cruffins at home, here’s a tip. Re-heat them at 180 degrees for five minutes, and allow them to rest for three minutes before cutting into them. Doing this will yield you a mouthwatering oozy filling that slips out at first cut.
3. Bread Yard
You’ll want to make a beeline to this quiet yard for their artisanal bakes and toothsome cruffins! Tucked away in a corner at Fusionopolis, it’s a gem of a place that is well worth visiting if you’re on the lookout for the best cruffins, lunch bowls and coffee in Singapore.
With a line up of cruffins that include superbly well-done menu staples like Matcha, Lychee, Chocolate Hazelnut, and Passionfruit, you’ll fall in love with cruffins at first bite. Flaky and crispy (we even heard the crackling sound of the cruffin being cut into on an IG review) with a super generous filling, it’s love at first cut!
Pssst: We’ve also spotted the seasonal Orh Nee Cruffin here earlier this year, and we heard it was sensational. Do look out for other seasonal flavours, you won’t be disappointed.
4. Keong Saik Bakery
Local bakery Keong Saik is known for their yummy bakes with a familiar, local twist. Among their extensive menu of tarts, burnt cheesecakes, swiss rolls, and breads are a respectable selection of cruffins, nestled among the other all-time-favourites.
Most of their cruffin flavours are menu staples, as they are one of the few bakeries in Singapore that serve cruffins year-round on the menu. From sweet treats like Matcha Burnt Cheese, Mocha, Milo, and even a creamy Mao Shan Wang for you durian fanatics out there – you’ll definitely have all your cruffin cravings checked off right here.
Keong Saik has also come up with cube shaped cruffins, all the better to hold savoury toppings with a strong local flavour, like Muah Chee (crushed peanut and sugar), Kaya Toast, Chili Crab, and Orh Nee (sweet yam paste).
5. Le Matin Patisserie
You won’t find a wide variety of cruffins here in Le Matin Patisserie, the humble test kitchen owned by Mohamed Al-Matin. In fact, there’s only one flavour available here, but it’s nothing short of pastry perfection. With credentials and chops honed in the kitchens of prestigious Michelin-starred restaurants like Noma and Restaurant Andre, you wouldn’t expect anything less from Matin.
Meet the signature Smoked Cruffin, a decadent and unique creation filled with Applewood smoked vanilla custard and topped with a fragrant charred Eucalyptus meringue.
If it sounds like a gastronomic adventure in its own right, you’re spot on. It’s a real textural treat, with a silky filling and meringue that melts in your mouth like fluffy marshmallow. Set alongside the flaky and light croissant pastry – we can’t think of a better way to treat yourself after a long week at work.
PSA: This Smoked Cruffin is only available at the test kitchen on weekends. Good things do come to those who wait!
6. Asanoya Boulangarie
This longtime Japanese boulangarie that has been in operation since 1933 has recently launched their new series of fragrant Kaya Pandan bakes. Happily enough for us cruffin fans, this includes the scrumptious sounding Kaya Mochi Cruffin!
Those of us who adore cruffins love that it’s a wonderful marriage of crispy croissant-pastry shell, and oozy, custardy filling. That’s exactly what you get with the Kaya Mochi Cruffin here. Hidden within its crispy and flaky exterior is a luxurious and coconutty Kaya filling, complete with soft and chewy mochi cubes.
Here’s hoping for more cruffin flavours from this premium Japanese bakery in future because if their Kaya Mochi Cruffin is anything to go by, they’ll be worth every last calorie.
Address: Asanoya Boulangerie has three outlets in Singapore: Bukit Timah, Queen Street, and Paragon. Please click here for full location details.
Opening hours: Bukit Timah – 8.30am-5.30am; Queen Street – 9am-5.30pm; Paragon – 9.30am-8.30pm
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7. Patissiere CLÉ
Fresh off the opening of its second outlet in the East is Patissiere Cle, home to the smash hit Orh Blanc Tart (a twist on the Mont Blanc Tart with local favourite orh nee aka sweet yam paste). The Patisserie is helmed by two friends, who both worked in renowned restaurants prior to starting Patissierie Cle.
Here, you’ll also find the ever-popular cruffin boxes, where you can enjoy the four flash flavours of the season.
Past flavours include Laksa, Milo Dinosaur and even Chili Crab for National Day, and Lotus Paste, Traditional Orh Nee and Salted Egg, Hojicha & Yuzu, and Earl Grey & Salted Caramel for Mid-Autumn Festival. Can we say we’re totally loving how much fun these flavours are?
Address: Patissiere Cle has two outlets: Paya Lebar and Lucky Court. Click here for full location details.
Opening hours: Paya Lebar – 9.30am-6.30pm (Mon-Sat), 9.30am-5pm (Sun), closed evert Tue; Lucky Court – 11.30am-5pm (Mon-Sun), closed every Tue.
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8. Maxx Coffee
Coffeehouse chain Maxx Coffee is BIG in Indonesia where it came from, with more than 80 outlets in 23 cities, all over the country. So when it arrived on our shores last year during the circuit breaker period, the excitement was understandable.
Maxx serves up drinks in exciting flavours with absolutely dreamy cream swirls like Melaka Brûlée Latte and Melaka Green Tea Latte, and here’s our recommendation: grab one or four of their signature cruffins for the perfect pairing of pastry and coffee.
Offering flavours with a yummy Indonesian twist, the cruffins have crusts that are light, airy and buttery – making them pure delight to cut into!
Our favourite is the gorgeous blush-hued Bandung that has a distinctive rose-scented fragrance that pairs well with the buttery crust. The Srikaya and Pandan Gula Melaka Cruffins also make delicious tea-time treats to satiate all your chuffin’ cruffin cravings!