Food glossary



These light, flaky French pastries are increasingly popular for a simple continental-style breakfast. The name croissant is the French term for crescent - the traditional shape for croissants.

Uses: Fresh, warm croissants are traditionally served simply with a cup of milky coffee, they are also popular served with butter and jam. Croissants can also be split and filled with savoury fillings such as cheese, ham or chicken. Stale croissants can be used to make an alternative version of bread and butter pudding - simply substitute buttered croissants for the bread and butter.

To store: Keep in a cool, dry place and eat within 2 days. Croissants can be frozen for up to 2 months, defrost thoroughly before heating.

To heat: Place the croissants on a baking tray and heat in a preheated oven (180°C, gas mark 4) for 5 minutes.