I bought a bag the frozen croissants from Milk Pail Market and I could not believe how large they are after you let them rise overnight! Really, it was incredible. The directions say to let them rise 4 to 8 hours and I forgot that they were in the kitchen, so mine ended up rising about 12 hours. They rose to about 4 times their original size. Then you bake them at 350 for 15 or 20 minutes. They taste as good as they look. The Milk Pail Market has been in Mountain View since the early 70s. It was originally a small drive-thru dairy that pasturized and bottled milk. They didn't even sell cheese when they first opened. And now they're famous for their cheeses. It has evolved into a well-loved open-air European market with all kinds of fruits and vegetables, an out-of-this-world selection of cheeses, freshly made butter and bread, premium chocolates, fresh ground peanut butter, and locally roasted coffee.
I always enjoy watching the customers at Milk Pail. Since the market is more of a European style market and they carry hard-to-find foods from all over the world, the shoppers are also from all over the world. Diversity is what makes Mountain View such an exciting place to live and this is the best place to see exactly how diverse our city really is.
Back to the croissants: I included a photo that shows the tiny frozen ones before they rose, and then how gigantic they were after they sat on my kitchen counter for 12 hours and another one of the picture-perfect finished product. My New Years resolution is to eat more croissants from the Milk Pail. I love Mountain View.