Let’s get something straight.
Any opportunity to bung something in the oven and hey-presto it’s done – I’m game. Fool people into thinking you’ve spent hours tirelessly kneading croissant dough and I’m all over it. Nothing beats a crispy, flaky, warm from the oven pastry in the morning, and so when Iceland came to me as a fellow Milly to try out the new Millie’s at home pastry range, I more than happily obliged.
We’ve all got an Iceland near us, and like it or lump it, something has to be said for its range of fresh but convenient range of foods that are ready and waiting to be popped in the oven; completely fuss-free. Now those of you who have my book or follow me socially will know I’m of a fuss-free fad-free disposition, so to my relief there’s no quinoa flour attempt at a croissant but as it should be, buttery, flaky and sweet rolls of heaven (After all, butter makes everything better).
There’s three to choose from, or three opportunities to show off to you unsuspecting guests: plain croissants, pain au chocolate or pain au raisin. All £2 which are an absolute steal as we all easily throw away over a fiver on a coffee and pastry in the morning, and all take just over 10 minutes to bake. Not only completely satisfying to watch but they fill the house with that ‘fresh bread’ smell – warm, sweet and inviting.
Croissants and jam are a thing for me, cherry jam to be precise and so this is my natural first selection. The croissants are warm, flakey and pillowy without disintegrating into nothing; there’s nothing worse than tearing a croissant open to find eighty percent of its constitution is air. Cook a large batch of these, boil the kettle and set the table and before you know it, they’re done. The perfect, easy like sunday morning scenario – I’m a big fan.
The pain au raisin comes up next and I’m completely in love with these. The perfect percentage of custardy filling to sultanas, they remain crispy but ever so slightly and satisfyingly doughy in the middle. I revert to uncoiling them like a snake and spreading each bit with my Lemon Lime and Thyme curd from my cookbook ‘Milly’s Real Food’. There’s always a constant batch in the fridge and heck, it even works well smothered over the plain croissants.
Like I said, BUTTER MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER.
Finally, a pastry I would never normally go for but one my fiancé would literally kill for – the pain au chocolate. Molten chocolate oozing out of a warm and crispy croissant – I mean what’s not to love, really? I don’t think it needs any butchering with sauces and jams but just some fresh and in-season strawberries on the side. Strawberries and chocolate; a classic and comforting combination after all.
Ever the optimist, I’d like to think with delicious pastries being so easy to prepare that my fiancé might surprise me one day with breakfast in bed, but then again I’m ever the realist! Nonetheless, despite the occasion, ham and cheese croissant snack or special breakfast/ brunch these bake at home pastries by Millie’s Cookies for Iceland are a sure bet in my household. Low cost and great quality, easy to prepare and delicious, they’re a sure-fire way to get the bakery bliss in the comfort of your own casa.