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Ace's Frozen Bake Your Own's - thoughts?

happycamper Apr 7, 2013 12:22 AM

I have seen these packages of frozen baguettes/croissants from Ace in many Loblaw's stores. They are not cheap, but not outrageously priced either - ie $4.99 for the croissant, quantity similar to the Pillsbury varieties.

Planning for a Victoria Day cottage getaway. I thought these guys might come in handy.

Any suggestions for other local ready-to-bake pastries/breads?

  1. elvisahmed Apr 24, 2013 11:01 PM

    I picked up a box of frozen Bridor croissants on the last trip. Its on sale till Sunday 13$ for 60 so can't be beat price wise as these are normal sized when baked. The taste on the other hand was OK. Not buttery enough though a warm baked one has its pleasures.
    Though the wait time time is not that user friendly.
    I will baste them with egg wash next time to get the shiny finish.

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      magic Apr 20, 2013 07:06 AM

      Just tried a frozen Ace croissant and I thought it was really good.

      Very flaky, but with some tender chewy pull too! Nice and buttery. I've had more buttery, but these do hit the spot.

      And for $2.99 on sale, fresh croissants at home made with ingredients you can pronounce..... well worth it. Will buy again.

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        TeacherFoodie Apr 14, 2013 06:41 PM

        These are on sale at loblaws this week. Just picked up 3 boxes of the demi-baguettes today. 2.99 for a box of 2.

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          magic Apr 7, 2013 07:12 PM

          I like them very much.

          Hot out of the oven at home... not sure how one gets more fresh than that other than being plum lucky every now and then.

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            TeacherFoodie Apr 7, 2013 12:10 PM

            We have had the Ace Bakery baguettes many times. I used to find them at Costco (Woodbine location) but haven't them in a long time. We now get them at Loblaws and find they are quite tasty and very convenient. I have also tried the frozen pain-au-chocolat from Longos but was not that impressed - they were fine, but even at the sale price, I don't think they are worth it.

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            1. re: TeacherFoodie
              LexiFirefly Apr 7, 2013 12:23 PM

              Loblaws bought out ace that's why they aren't at Costco anymore.

              1. re: LexiFirefly
                TeacherFoodie Apr 8, 2013 04:33 AM

                Thanks! I can stop looking for them there!

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              cheesymama Apr 7, 2013 06:29 AM

              I haven't tried the Ace frozen croissants, but at Longo's they carry Cool and Simple frozen croissants and pain au chocolat. They are pricey for frozen but are fabulous. I keep my eye on their flyer and when they go on sale they can be had for about a buck a piece. I believe there are 5 in the chocolate and 6 in the plain.

              1. Full tummy Apr 7, 2013 05:46 AM

                I find the baguettes really handy. As long as you don't overbake, they are great. You can also buy a large box of Premier Moisson baguettes in the freezer at Costco that is more economical, if you can use that quantity.

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                1. re: Full tummy
                  Nevy Apr 8, 2013 05:12 AM

                  I was wondering if you tried the Premier Moisson croissants at Costco? I've tried the baguettes and they're fairly good especially for the price and the fact they're frozen.

                  1. re: Nevy
                    Full tummy Apr 10, 2013 09:18 AM

                    No, I haven't. I love croissants, and a huge box of even just decent croissants in my freezer would be too tempting, hahaha! Let me know if you try them, though. Might be worth buying if I'm hosting a brunch.

                  2. re: Full tummy
                    magic Apr 20, 2013 07:19 AM

                    Can you buy frozen Premier Moisson croissants at places other than Costco??


                  3. CocoaChanel Apr 7, 2013 02:35 AM

                    We have tried the mini baguettes (3 in a bag). They are good for par baked/frozen. No comparison to a fresh baguette, but in a pinch, they are fine. We usually use them for dipping when we are having a stew for dinner.

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                    1. re: CocoaChanel
                      pearlD Apr 7, 2013 12:56 PM

                      I use the Ace 'mini' Frozen Baguettes regularly...always have the 3 pack in my freezer...couldn't be easier..use them to accompany a number of things..soup,spaghetti, beef stew, chilli and in a pinch make garlic bread with them. I do think they compare vey well to the fresh one and the bonus is that I always have them on hand..

                      1. re: CocoaChanel
                        happycamper Apr 7, 2013 07:41 PM

                        Nice, thank you. That's exactly what I am going to try.

                        1. re: CocoaChanel
                          jayt90 Apr 8, 2013 06:23 AM

                          CocoaChanel has the best assessment. But baguettes are simple to make at home, and I have two suggestions to make them easily.
                          First, I use a bread machine to do the mixing and kneading.
                          Secondly, I use Red Star quick yeast from Costco. Never makes a brick; it takes all the abuse and mis-use I can give it.

                          1. re: jayt90
                            Full tummy Apr 10, 2013 09:19 AM

                            The no-knead bread I made was just as good as any baguette I've had, for those who plan in advance.

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