A typical French breakfast would be some pastries such as croissants et chocolat chaud, served with tea or coffee and juice. Croissants are a French pastry which is supposed to be light, fluffy and airy. Homemade ones often require experience to turn out great, as there are a lot of processes involving folding and measurements. An alternative to this time-consuming process, however, would be frozen pastries!
People often assume frozen pastries all come pre-baked, so once you reheat them, you are taking out the freshness. But this is not true. Most frozen croissants are pre-shaped doughs meaning they haven’t been baked. Following a few simple steps would have your freshly baked croissant as good as if you’ve just bought them from a French pâtisserie.
Even better, all you need are the frozen croissants, a baking tray, and an oven.
First, get your frozen croissants. My personal favourites are M&S or Waitrose ones. Place them on a baking tray and allow to thaw for 30-45 minutes.
Next, pre-heat your oven to 355-385°F. This is about 180-195°C.
Then, put your thawed croissants in the oven for about 20 minutes. Be on the lookout for a light golden brown colour.
Finally, remove them from the oven and place on a plate to cool for a bit.
Now, you have your perfect, flaky and beautifully puffed up croissants, ready to be paired with any beverage of choice. On rainy days, I always prefer this with hot chocolate. This French breakfast is divinely delicious.
There is also a range of other frozen pastries you can check out, eg. M&S Pain au Chocolat, and my favourite Waitrose mixed mini French butter pastries.
Try these out this weekend for a little French morning at home.
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