Apple Danish Braid (VIDEO Recipe)

An Apple Danish Braid loaded with juicy caramelized apples and cranberries in a flaky pastry shell. This braided apple danish is easy and disappears fast! | natashaskitchen.com

This apple danish braid is loaded with juicy caramelized apples and cranberries inside a flaky pastry shell drizzled with glaze. The danish itself is lightly sweet and the cranberries are a welcome zingy pop of flavor with each bite. I’m a sucker for a good great pastry!

We have a long history of pastry love in my kitchen – from the cheesecake danishes to the almond peach, easy apple slab, and braided peach!  This braided apple danish is well loved by kids and adults – and it looks like something out of a pastry shop, but it’s so simple to put together. We used a store-bought puff pastry and it just doesn’t get any easier! Go ahead and double the recipe right away. This apple danish disappears quickly and you’ll wish you had more!

Watch How to Make an Apple Danish Braid:

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An Apple Danish Braid loaded with juicy caramelized apples and cranberries in a flaky pastry shell. This braided apple danish is easy and disappears fast! | natashaskitchen.com

Wishing I had leftovers… which by the way taste just as good! You can safely store this at room temperature overnight and enjoy it the following day 🙂

An Apple Danish Braid loaded with juicy caramelized apples and cranberries in a flaky pastry shell. This braided apple danish is easy and disappears fast! | natashaskitchen.com

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Apple Danish Braid

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An Apple Danish Braid loaded with juicy caramelized apples and cranberries in a flaky pastry shell. This braided apple danish is easy and disappears fast!
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Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: $6-$7
Serving: 1 braid or 4 slices

Ingredients

Ingredients for Apple Danish Braid:

  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 lb (2 large) Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored and sliced into ½" thick slices
  • ½ cup cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 sheet store-bought puff pastry, thawed by package instructions
  • 1 egg + 1 Tbsp water for egg wash, beaten together with a fork
  • ½ Tbsp coarse sugar

Ingredients for the Pastry Glaze:

  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ Tbsp milk

Instructions

  1. Place a large pot or deep skillet over high heat. Melt 3 Tbsp butter and stir in ¼ cup sugar. Add sliced apples and stir until evenly coated. Add cranberries and let the mixture sit 3 min to caramelize before stirring. Cook apples and cranberries a total of 6-7 min, stirring 3 times or until apples are lightly caramelized. Transfer apples to a plate and let cool until just warm (not hot).
  2. Unfold thawed pastry over a lightly floured work surface and roll it in one direction to make it a total of 2 inches longer. The natural folds in the pastry will guide your process.
  3. Place the cranberry apple filling down the center of the pastry, keeping it in the middle third and leaving 1" of space at the top and bottom of the pastry.
  4. Cut away the top corners from the left and right thirds of the. Cut 8 equal 1" strips along each side, leaving ½" of space from the apples. Cut away excess dough at the bottom corners.
  5. Fold down top flap of dough and pinch the corners down to seal. Fold in the side strips, alternating from left to right. Fold up the bottom flap, pinching the corners to seal then finish folding in the last 2 side strips, pinching the corners to seal. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with silicone or parchment, brush with egg wash, sprinkle with coarse sugar, and bake at 400˚F for 18-22 minutes (mine was perfect at 20 min) or until top is golden brown.
  6. To make the glaze, stir together ⅓ cup powdered sugar with ½ Tbsp milk. Once the braided apple danish is at room temperature or just warm, drizzle with glaze, slice, and enjoy!

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An Apple Danish Braid loaded with juicy caramelized apples and cranberries in a flaky pastry shell. This braided apple danish is easy and disappears fast! | natashaskitchen.com

This apple danish is irresistibly yummy. Anything baked with apples and cranberries will warm your belly and make your house smell amazing. Enjoy this wonderful wintery treat 🙂

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  • Marilyn
    December 3, 2016

    I added a layer of shredded coconut on top of the apple mixture before I closed the braid. It added a great flavor! Also – I used brown sugar instead of regular sugar. It was yummy & I’m making it again for a brunch tomorrow! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 4, 2016

      Marilyn, thank you so much for sharing such a great ideas! I’m itching to make one with shredded coconut right now 😋. Reply

      • Marilyn
        December 5, 2016

        A little almond extract or flavoring also added a nice touch to the one I made yesterday for my brunch. Just another idea. 🙂 Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          December 5, 2016

          Thank you for sharing your tip!! 🙂 Reply

  • Zoryana
    November 30, 2016

    Natasha, i just made this and it came out delicious. Only thing is some parts of the dough was not baked through, it was still doughy. How can I make sure the dough cooks all the way through? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 30, 2016

      Hi Zoryana, if you had parts of your pastry that were undercooked, it could be due to not all ovens being created equal. You could bake a few minutes longer, just keep an eye on it so the top and sides don’t turn too brown. Reply

  • Mary
    November 26, 2016

    Hi Natasha!
    Can I substitute cranberries for something else? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 26, 2016

      Hi Mary, even if you leave them out, the recipe will still work great 🙂 Reply

  • November 22, 2016

    My family loves sweets, so I always look for new desserts recepies/ideas. This look delicious! Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 22, 2016

      Thank you Irena, you must give them a try 😁. Reply

  • Dean
    November 21, 2016

    Can this be made and frozen? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 21, 2016

      Hi Dean, I haven’t tested that to see, but I imagine it would work well. Reply

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