X = Xuixo “shoo-shoo”
Locals in Girona, Spain enjoyed a decadent, custard-filled version of a cronut way before it first became a sensation. In this Catalonian city, bakers would fill the croissant like dough with crema catalana — Spanish style crème brûlée — deep fry and sugarcoat the pastry and the resulting breakfast treat is called a Xuixo or “shoo shoo.”
As the town legend goes, an acrobat that performed for sick citizens named el Tarla had fallen in love with the pastry chef’s daughter. As the baker discovered their romance, he heard a sneeze which sounded something like “Shoo!” which led him straight to where the acrobat was hiding. Tarla promised to marry the baker’s daughter, bestowing upon him the special pastry recipe, which he named for the sneeze that gave him away.
Now, the annual practice in Girona is to make a small donation to help cancer patients, then march through the streets. The celebration is called Marxa del Xuixo, which is hosted by the local oncology department. As they march, they enjoy the xuixos provided by the local pastry association. These pastries-for-a-cause are one cream-filled, deep-fried, sugar-encrusted treat you can feel great about eating!