freeze croissants

Can You Freeze Croissants?

Croissants are a rich and buttery pastry, perfect for breakfast, tea, or a snack. 

Suitable for sweet and savory applications, croissants are traditionally eaten plain, but can be filled with eggs and bacon for breakfast, tomato and mozzarella for lunch, or topped with slivered almonds or chocolate for a sweet indulgence. 

Freshly baked croissants ooze a sense of warming comfort and deliciousness. The problem is, they don’t last very long, and even after one day, they don’t taste quite the same as when they were freshly baked. 

The great news is that croissants can be frozen to extend their short shelf life, so whether you bought a big batch or made them yourself, there is no need to waste a single crumb. Here is what you need to know when freezing croissants.

Types of Croissants

Croissants are a buttery, flaky pastry named for their crescent shape. The pastry is made from dough layered with butter, rolled, and folded numerous times in a technique called laminating. This results in air pockets between rich, yet light, layers of buttery pastry, for an indulgent taste sensation.

Croissants are often eaten plain but can also incorporate cheese, chocolate, cinnamon, or almond cream into the dough for a flavored version. Their popularity has increased with all kinds of fillings, sandwich ingredients, and transformation into desserts, and puddings.

Can I Freeze Croissants?

Yes, croissants can be frozen baked, or unbaked. Although nothing quite compares to a freshly baked croissant, if frozen and heated correctly, croissants can be enjoyed after freezing with little change to the texture or flavor.

Croissants should always be fresh on freezing. If the pastries have been sitting around for 2 or 3 days, they won’t be very appetizing once thawed and reheated. You may rather want to use them immediately or repurpose them in a baked bread pudding.

It is important to keep croissants protected from contact with air and moisture when freezing and to heat them in the oven before serving to get the best out of the frozen product.


How To Freeze Baked Croissants

Step 1: Cool

Croissants should not be frozen while still warm as this will cause freezer burn, spoiling the texture and flavor. If freshly baked, cool the croissants to room temperature before preparing to freeze.

Step 2: Wrap

Wrap each croissant individually in cling film or foil. Ensure that the croissant is completely covered with no open gaps exposed to air.

Step 3: Pack

Pack the individually wrapped croissants into a resealable freezer bag for an extra layer of protection. Be careful not to squash the pastries or overfill the bag. Lightly press out all the air before sealing.

Step 4: Label and Freeze

Label the freezer bag with the date to keep track of how long the croissants have been stored and place it in the freezer.


How To Freeze Unbaked Croissants

Step 1: Flash Freeze

Shape the croissant dough and place the croissants in a single layer on a lined baking tray. Put the baking tray in the freezer just until the croissants are fully frozen. Flash freezing the croissants prevents them from sticking together, freezing unevenly, and getting squashed.

Step 2: Pack

Remove the baking tray from the freezer and pack the frozen raw croissants into a resealable freezer bag. Press all the remaining air out of the bag before sealing.

Step 3: Label and Freeze

Label the freezer bag with the date to keep track of how long the croissants have been stored and place it in the freezer.


How To Thaw Frozen Croissants

Croissants are best reheated or cooked from frozen. Place the frozen croissants on a greased baking sheet to prevent them from sticking. If the croissants are unbaked, brush them with an egg wash to give them a golden color once cooked.

Baked or unbaked, the croissants will start to thaw as the oven warms and then start to crisp up. Keep an eye on ready-cooked croissants as you only want them to crisp up lightly and not turn too dark in color.

If you prefer to thaw croissants before baking, place them in the refrigerator to defrost.


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Conclusion

There are few things more comforting than the smell of freshly baked croissants from the kitchen. Having croissants in the freezer allows you to pop them in the oven for a quick baked treat at any time. Croissants are indulgent and freezing leftovers saves on food waste, time, and money.

Whether baked from raw dough or repurposed into a pudding, there is never a bad time to enjoy a crispy, golden, flaky croissant.

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