Danish Braid

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THIS IS A KEEPER!!  I don’t think I have started another blog out this way but this recipe is so good I have already made it again…both times making the full recipe of two braids!

I guess I should start at the beginning…got a little ahead of myself. 🙂  This month’s recipe is the classic breakfast danish.  It uses a butter dough similar to the croissant dough without all of the labor intensive laminating…with very similar results!  The recipe still uses a lot of butter…but not as bad as the croissants! 🙂

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I found the dough to be pretty easy to work with…although both times I did have to put the dough back in the fridge after the first rolling to firm up the butter but other than that…very easy. I think making the croissants really helped with understanding the folding and rolling!

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The hardest part of the recipe is realizing you have to make the dough the day before you would like to bake.  It must rest in the fridge overnight.  For the first braid, I used one of the  suggested fillings…strawberry and confectioner’s cream.

  • While the strawberries were cooking, I did this on the stovetop instead of microwave, the kitchen smelled so good.
  • I found the confectioner’s cream a weird consistency.  I debated about using it but it seemed fine and tasted great.

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Since I had enough dough for two braids, and not enough strawberries, I opted to use an apple pie filling that I happened to have in the pantry.  I added some cinnamon and figured this would give us two different flavors to try out.

2013-10-27 13.33.18The best part of the danish is the braid.  It looks so hard when you look at the finished product but it is so easy…and pretty much foolproof!

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After you make the braid, the dough must sit for another 30 minutes so you need to plan accordingly.

This is how is looks coming out of the oven…so delicious!!  The recipe calls for a coffee flavored icing…I made this for the strawberry and cream danish and then opted to just make a plain icing for the apple one.

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2013-10-27 15.03.39I sent out my texts to my tasters and my son and I sat down to try these.  I knew I would love the apple one but surprisingly we really liked the strawberry…much more flavorful!!  Don’t get me wrong, they were both delicious…but the can of pie filling could not stand up to the homemade strawberry filling.

The consensus from my tasters was an overwhelming…this is a keeper!  Since I had to bring treats for my bible study group the following week, I figured this would be a good one to bring.  I did make one change…I made my own apple filling.  I cooked down the apples the same way I did for the strawberries and then added: cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.  It made the biggest difference…absolutely delicious!  Both braids of the second batch were inhaled and again…everyone said this is a keeper!  I would confidently say this, along with the Berry Galette, will definitely stay in my baking rotation!  This was delicious AND fun to make! 🙂

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