Crescent rolls are a delicious breakfast snack. They can be served with butter and jelly or marmalade. You can fill them with cream or even add a savory filling such as sausage or ham and cheese. They are similar to croissants in that they are buttery but they have a slightly flakier pastry and are a little sweeter (see also Can You Freeze Cannolis?).
They are easy to make so why not save time and make them in bulk? They’ll keep for about a week in the fridge or a few days in the bread bin. However, if you want to keep them for longer, you can freeze them and enjoy them at a later date. In this article, we will tell you how to freeze crescent rolls and how to defrost them.
How To Freeze Crescent Rolls
1. Make the crescent rolls.
You can either make the crescent rolls from scratch or buy pre-made dough. Once made, bake them.
2. Cool down the crescent rolls.
It is essential that you cool down the crescent rolls before you freeze them. If you put them in the freezer while they are still warm, they will bring up the temperature and other food in the freezer will start to defrost. When this food refreezes, the texture of the food may be compromised, and bacteria may even start to form. In addition, the crescent rolls will lose their flaky texture if they are put in the freezer whilst they are still warm.
3. Flash freeze the crescent rolls.
Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and lay out the crescent rolls, making sure that they aren’t touching each other. This will ensure that they won’t stick together when you bag them up. Put the crescent rolls in the freezer for around six hours by which time they should be frozen.
4. Put the crescent rolls in a freezer bag.
Make sure that you squeeze all the air out of the freezer bag to ensure that freezer burn doesn’t occur. Freezer burn will ruin the taste and texture of your rolls. Put a label on the bag with the date you put it in the freezer. Alternatively, you can put the crescent rolls in an airtight container.
5. Put the bag in the freezer.
Tips For Freezing Crescent Rolls
- Flash freeze the crescent rolls so that they don’t stick together.
- Squeeze out the air from the freezer bag so that freezer burn doesn’t occur.
- You can freeze crescent roll dough as well (see also Freezing Croissant Dough). Just put the dough in a freezer bag or airtight container.
- Make sure you label the freezer bag so that you know when you put it in the freezer. You don’t want to keep it in the freezer for too long as it may become stale.
For How Long Can You Freeze Crescent Rolls?
You can freeze crescent rolls for around two months. After this time, they will probably still be safe to eat but the taste and texture will start to deteriorate. The crescent rolls will lose their flaky and buttery deliciousness. However, they are so good that it probably won’t cross your mind to keep them in the freezer for longer than two months.
How Do You Defrost Crescent Rolls?
The good news is that you don’t have to defrost crescent rolls slowly in the fridge. You can just put them in the oven on a low heat for around a quarter of an hour. If you have frozen them properly, they will still be flaky when you come to reheat them.
Can You Refreeze Crescent Rolls?
No, it’s not a good idea to refreeze crescent rolls. Unfortunately, they will lose their flaky texture which is what you want when you eat a crescent roll. They probably won’t be unsafe to eat if you refreeze them but they just won’t be as good.
Is It A Good Idea To Freeze Crescent Rolls?
Of course, crescent rolls are probably best served fresh but frozen crescent rolls come a close second as long as you freeze them in the way we have described. Freezing crescent rolls is a great timesaver as you can make a big batch of them and freeze what you don’t need that day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hopefully, you now know all there is to know about freezing crescent rolls but in case you are still curious, we have answered a few questions here.
If you want to save time, you may buy pre-made dough which generally comes in a tube. In most cases, it is safe to just put the tube of dough straight into the freezer. However, it’s a good idea to check the tube to see if it says it’s safe for freezing.
There are plenty of interesting and innovative fillings for crescent rolls. Try apple pie filling, walnut paste, strawberry cheesecake filling, or chocolate. If you’re looking for a savory filling, turkey and redcurrant jelly, spinach and ricotta, or creamy chicken are all good. A bacon and scrambled egg crescent roll is delicious for breakfast. Just remember not to freeze the fillings in the rolls as they will make them soggy.
Yes, you can freeze croissants. Use the instructions we have given for freezing crescent rolls and you will have delicious croissants to enjoy in the future.