One of the fun things about shopping at Trader Joe’s is that their freezer case is stocked with pastries and other desserts that you won’t see at your average supermarket, from seasonal breakfast pastries to canneles. Trader Joe’s Cream Cheese Brioche Pastries are a new addition that I spotted on a recent visit. They’re billed as a breakfast option that marries a traditional French brioche with a cheese-filled Danish pastry. Unlike some of the other pastries in the case that are unbaked and need to be proofed before baking, these are full baked and only need to be defrosted before serving.
The pastries take about an hour to defrost to room temperature and they defrosted perfectly on my counter, without any excess moisture building up in the packaging surrounding the fluffy roll. It’s worth the short wait because these pastries are absolutely delicious. The brioche is soft, buttery and delicious even in the bites of the pastry that don’t contain any cream cheese. The cream cheese filling is tangy and slightly sweet. There is a generous amount of filling, so you can stretch it to get some in every bite, though it is concentrated in the center.
You could serve these for breakfast or save them for an afternoon coffee break. If you want to dress them up even more, you could serve some jam or lemon curd on the side for extra flavor. Only two pastries come in each package and they’re individually wrapped, which makes it easy to pull one out for a snack while leaving the other in the freezer for another day.
Compared to some of Trader Joe’s frozen pastries, these are generously sized and I think that each one is good for one serving, though you could cut them in half if you feel like sharing or want a lighter treat. They would not be ideal for serving a crowd at brunch because you would need several packages to have enough for a large group. That being said, they’re sure to be a hit so it might be worth the splurge of picking up a half dozen boxes of these instead of a more familiar package of danishes at your next family event. As for me, I’ll just keep a few packages in my freezer (they take up less room when they are out of the box) to treat myself!