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Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Roll Wreath, reviewed

Trader Joe's Cinnamon Roll Wreath, reviewed

I’ve already reviewed a couple of the seasonal items that Trader Joe’s has released for the 2017 holiday season, but the┬áTrader Joe’s Cinnamon Roll Wreath just might be one of my favorites so far. The Wreath is a pastry that you’ll find in the freezer section of the store. It’s got a beautiful, swirling look to it and the instructions on the packaging say you can just let it rise and bake it for a fresh and easy morning pastry.

The packaging offers a couple of options for proofing this pastry, though for both options you’ll need to unwrap it and place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet. You can let it rise in the refrigerator overnight (at least 12 hours) or on the counter for 6-8 hours. Since I don’t sleep for 12 hours a night, I actually let mine rise on the counter overnight and preheated the oven when I got up in the morning.

Trader Joe's Cinnamon Roll Wreath, reviewed

The pastry bakes up to be a stunning golden color, with beautifully defined spirals and a wonderfully buttery flavor with a hint of cinnamon. The yeasted dough is light and becomes quite crisp on the outside of the pastry, while remaining very tender inside each spiral. It’s not overly sweet and I found it very satisfying to eat as-is, but there is a recipe for a quick confectioners’ sugar glaze on the back of the package if you want to sweeten yours up. It’s delicious and I would absolutely buy this wreath again to treat myself or to serve to guests.

The only slightly disappointing thing about this pastry is the size – at least, the size of the pastry when you take it out of the package. Though the box is not large, the pastry was much smaller than I expected initially. Don’t get discouraged when you see it, though! As I proofed it, it did more than double in size, which yielded a pastry that would easily serve 6 people once it was baked. You could squeeze 8 servings out of this, but only if you and your brunch guests have a lot of self control. I think one and a half swirls per person is a nice serving size here, and that is about what I got out of it. The pastry is still tasty the day after baking, but you’re going to want to eat it within a day or two for the best flavor and texture.

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2 Comments
  • Jar It Up
    December 5, 2017

    Neat product! Is it required to let it rise?

  • Nicole
    December 6, 2017

    Yes, you have to allow it to rise prior to baking.

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