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At which stage can I freeze homemade croissants?

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Hi everyone - I'm making croissants using Esther McManus's recipe. This is a great recap of the recipe here:
http://bringusmorebread.tumblr.com/po...

I've made this before and the croissants are absolutely divine. The goal is to have these fresh and ready for Christmas morning. However, the last step is to form the croissants and let them rise for 3 hours before baking. There's no way I'm getting up at 3am to do this!

Can I form the croissants, freeze immediately, and remove from the freezer on Christmas Eve to proof overnight?

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    1. Trader Joe's sells their unbaked croissants frozen. They are to be taken out of the freezer the night before you need them, and put on a parchment lined cookie sheet to proof at room temp overnight. Then baked in the a.m. So, I'm thinking the answer is yes.

      1. Thank you, both! Critter101 - the only reason why I thought I might be able to freeze them at that stage is because we've bought the Trader Joe's croissants! I'll give it a try and hopefully they'll turn out ok.

        1. I find for the work involved up front, it's easiest on the baker to cut and roll the croissants and then freeze. Bring to room temp to proof the night before and bake the day of enjoyment. True of plain, filled or braised loaves.

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          1. re: HillJ

            Sorry, meant braided loaves of croissant dough. I make a braided loaf for Sunday brunch.