I normally don’t worry about my croissant intake (though there was one week when I think I had a croissant ever single day…). They are my special fantabulous breakfast food that I eat on the weekends. Preferrably with a cappuccino, but failing that a cup of tea.
This croissant, coupled with the waxy one from last week, has, however, made me begin to worry. No, not because I think I am eating too many, but rather because I’m uncertain as to what these croissants are made of.
At home my croissant heirarchy follows the pattern of Almondine, Ceci-Cela, Petrossian, Patisserie Claude and so on and so forth. Don’t worry, I’m working on eating my way around New York’s croissant scene. I’ve never had a single doubt that these are made from anything other than butter, yeast, flour and a hint of sugar. They taste good, they smell of butter and the texture is reminiscent of those ingredients.
Pret A Manger’s croissant, however, seemed to be something that belonged in a Chemistry classroom. Yes, it is slightly crushed in the photo, I put it in my bag on the walk home and it arrived a bit flat.
Let’s take that as exhibit A. The outside broke off into some impossibly thin shards during the journey. They didn’t so much taste, as they dissolved in your mouth. The croissant looks to be a pleasing, dark nearly burnt color, yet there was none of the remarkable butter induced crispness that I want.
That’s just it, the outside was okay, light and flaky, but the taste and mouth texture simply weren’t right. The croissant was greasy without being buttery. Not good.
Inside was a hot mess. One bite would cause the outside to fly into small little shards, while the inside sat there like a pile of goo not wanting to move. Could they be underbaked? No, they appeared cooked through. Upon sniffing, I realized that there was no butter aroma that marks a good croissant. There wasn’t any aroma at all.
What went into this croissant? Well, Pret’s website won’t tell me. A bit discouraging, really. I’m near certain however that it wasn’t the same thing I put into my croissants. My guess? Vegetable oil or Flora.
Frankly, I’d say you’re better off with some freezer croissants than this one.
What do you think about buying packaged foods? Are you okay with the idea or does it freak you out?