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Crescent roll dough?

Magdalene Feb 16, 2007 08:14 AM

Can anyone tell me what the equivalent to Pillsbury crescent roll dough would be in the UK? There are several recipes for cream cheese danish that I have found and they all call for crescent roll dough.
Any ideas on what I should use, or alternative recipes?


  1. zuriga1 Feb 16, 2007 08:27 AM

    Are these American or British recipes? I don't think I've ever come across the Pillsbury type here in the UK. There aren't even many cake mixes in the supermarkets as most people seem to either buy or just bake their own. That said, the supermarkets carry Sara Lee brand croissants and they come out of a tube like the crescent dough does. Maybe there is something similar in the way of crescent dough but I, personally, haven't come across it yet. Maybe the croissant dough would work? I'm not always too experimental.

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      Magdalene Feb 16, 2007 08:49 AM

      All the recipes I have found so far are American...maybe they are called something else in the UK which is why I can't find any English recipes when I do a search? What are cheese danish rolls called here?

      As for the croissant dough, I don't know if they would work, I am thinking that croissants are lighter than crescent rolls, but I am not really sure.

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      1. re: Magdalene
        zuriga1 Feb 16, 2007 11:36 AM

        Croissants do get puffier - that's for sure. I only know cheese danish pastries - don't think I've ever seen or eaten the rolls.

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        phillyukgirl Feb 20, 2007 02:29 AM

        Agreed, Sainsburys stocks Sara Lee Croissant dough. There's a fantastic new line in the chiller sections around these days, though, which you might experiment with--it's the all-butter puff pastry and shortcrust pastry (by Saxon, I believe, though there's a posh organic type in Waitrose freezer sections). These are excellent products, much better than the non-butter ones.

        1. coll Feb 20, 2007 02:33 AM

          I think puff pastry dough would work fine. I was always under the impression that the two were interchangable.

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            KrrBr77 Aug 13, 2013 05:37 AM

            I have just found this link and info on alternatives to the American dough mentioned.

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            1. re: KrrBr77
              zuriga1 Aug 13, 2013 08:35 AM

              Puff pastry is nothing like crescent roll dough, but I don't know why it wouldn't taste very good as a substitute.

              1. re: KrrBr77
                Harters Aug 13, 2013 09:03 AM

                Is a croissant different from whatever Americans call a crescent roll?

                Assuming not, then, as mentioned then, there's the Sara Lee product and I'll the one from Jus-Rol which should be widely available in just about every supermarket.

                If it is a different end product, then the correct dough probably doesnt exist here as we doin't have crescent rolls, only croissants.

                1. re: Harters
                  Jacquilynne Aug 13, 2013 11:55 AM

                  Pillsbury crescent rolls aren't as layered as a croissant would be expected to be -- it's more just thin bits of soft yeast dough rolled into a crescent shape without the butter layers that make a croissant a croissant. The Sara Lee stuff looks fairly similar, but I'm basing that on looking at pictures on the Internet.

                  1. re: Harters
                    zuriga1 Aug 13, 2013 11:58 AM

                    Here's a photo of the crescent rolls... and how my kids loved to eat them. They do get rolled up like a croissant but Jacquilynne gave a good description of the difference.

                    That's a hot dog inside the roll. :-)

                    1. re: zuriga1
                      KrrBr77 Aug 13, 2013 04:18 PM

                      Thank you zuriga1. I get that puff pastry is different but here in Australia i am yet to find anything like crescent rolls. I am thinking that the dough actually looks more like shortcrust than puff anyway but hard to know until i actually try it.

                    2. re: Harters
                      KrrBr77 Aug 13, 2013 04:16 PM

                      I'm in Australia so those products don't exist here.

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                    skn1999 Jan 8, 2014 02:05 PM

                    In case this question is still active, last week I was thrilled to find jus-rol refrigerated crescent rolls at Dunnes Stores food hall in Dublin. Works just like the Pillsbury ones from US. Now I can again make all those crescent roll recipes my sons love and were missing :-)

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                    1. re: skn1999
                      zuriga1 Jan 8, 2014 02:15 PM

                      I don't think I've seen the Jus-Rol ones here in England yet, but I'll sure keep my eyes open. Thanks for the tip. Does your son like little hot dogs in the rolls? My kids used to love those. :-)

                      1. re: zuriga1
                        skn1999 Jan 9, 2014 01:34 PM

                        I know the hot dog rolls are popular with kids. We are vegetarians, so never tried those. I often do them with pesto, cheese, chocolate or fruits.

                        1. re: skn1999
                          zuriga1 Jan 10, 2014 11:59 AM

                          I see that Ocado and Waitrose sell frozen butter croissants and other similar products. Maybe they would work in place of the Pillsbury's. I might try that one day.

                        2. re: zuriga1
                          tacosandbeer Jan 10, 2014 12:50 PM

                          Just picked some up last week at Sainsburys if you're still looking!
                          (the ready-to-bake Jus-Roll ones, I meant.)

                          1. re: tacosandbeer
                            zuriga1 Jan 11, 2014 11:51 AM

                            I don't eat these too often, but it's nice to know they're available. Thanks.

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                        zackly Jan 8, 2014 02:11 PM

                        Pillsbury Crescent Rolls ate the poor man's croissants. Does anyone know if good, all butter croissants are sold raw, proof and bake, frozen in retail? I know companies like Vie de France sell them wholesale to the food service trade through companies like Sysco but I've never seen anything like these in a supermarket.

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                        1. re: zackly
                          Harters Jan 8, 2014 03:00 PM

                          I've only seen already baked all-butter croissants in Sainsbury and Waitrose. They freeze well, IMO.

                          1. re: Harters
                            zuriga1 Jan 9, 2014 01:12 AM

                            Speaking of good croissants and other French goodies, we took my cousin to lunch at Balthazar in London a week or so ago. They have a large bread/rolls basket on the menu - comes with real French croissants, pain au chocolat, pastries etc. It's pricey but I took a lot home with me for future use.

                            1. re: zuriga1
                              Harters Jan 9, 2014 02:47 AM

                              I checked in Waitrose this morning - they also have frozen ready-to-bake all butter ones.

                              1. re: Harters
                                zuriga1 Jan 9, 2014 08:35 AM

                                Were they the Jus-Rol ones? I must check that out. Thanks.

                                1. re: zuriga1
                                  Harters Jan 9, 2014 09:40 AM

                                  Can't remember, June. May have been own label.

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