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Feb 24, 2013 05:12 PM

Can I freeze a Panera pastry ring?

We ate half of one today (as my requested birthday cake) and would like to pack the other half away till Easter. If you're not familiar with it, it's a danish-style pastry ring with 3 fillings: cheese, apple, and cherry. I would cry to see it go bad so would make the valiant effort to keep eating it if necessary, but freezing would be better for the waistline.

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  1. I would go ahead and freeze it while it is still fresh. In genreal, baked goods freeze beautifully, and if wrapped well, will keep for some time. If I need fresh rolls and they will not be available tomorrow, I'll buy them today, freeze them and thaw them tomorrow rather than have them stale the next day.

    1. I would think so, as long as it is well wrapped.

      Love that pastry ring, especially the cream cheese sections! Our local Panera donates all of its extra product at the end of each day and they make a point to have plenty of inventory to donate. Our church picks up 3 nights a week and then takes to the local food bank the next morning. Those pastry rings are always a very welcome donation!

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      1. re: jlhinwa

        I can imagine! (welcome donation)

        I know I don't have to tell you guys this, but... while waiting for a reply, we went ahead and finished it. I'm so ashamed.

        1. re: Thanks4Food

          No shame in that. Why not eat it when it's fresh and at its best?

      2. Sure, wrap in plastic or tim foil and slip into a ziploc freezer bag. I do it all the time.
        I usually cut the cake into quarters so that I can defrost smaller portions depending on need.