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!

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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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  • Norann McDaniel
    January 11, 2018

    Excellent! Easy to follow instructions, and in addition to wonderful taste it looks beautiful! Will definitely make this again. ( I had cinnamon sugar already mixed and so I used that instead of plain sugar.) Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 11, 2018

      I’m happy to hear how much you enjoy the recipe. Thanks for sharing your excellent review Norann! Reply

  • Diana R
    November 22, 2017

    Second time making this, simply delicious! Quick question, I baked the pastry this evening for tomorrow’s thanksgiving dinner at 2pm. should i keep them at room temp the whole time or place them in the fridge? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 22, 2017

      Hi Diana, if it is overnight, you can keep them covered with plastic wrap at room temperature. Reply

  • Linda
    November 7, 2017

    OMG, this is all I can say. I just made this, this morning and it’s already gone!!! (There’s only two of us…lol). This was so easy and oh so good. Thank you for a great, yet simple, recipe. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 7, 2017

      You’re welcome Linda! I’m glad to hear how much you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing your excellent review! Reply

  • Trish
    November 7, 2017

    Hi, need to make this and have it fresh early Saturday morning. Would it work if I made it Friday and cooked it on Saturday?
    Looks so delicious:) Love your posts! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 7, 2017

      Hi Trish, thank you! I would suggest baking it also the day before and keep it at room temp overnight then serve at room temp or warm it up a little to serve. Reply

  • Ava Williams
    October 25, 2017

    Hi
    I haven’t tried this recipe yet but was wondering if you could use frozen blueberries instead of cranberries?
    Thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 25, 2017

      Hi Ava, I think that would work, but I would add the blueberries when the apples are nearly caramelized or even just stir them in after the apples are caramelized or it will discolor your apples. Reply

  • October 17, 2017

    I usually don’t follow recipes, but I always forget how to cut the pastry for the braid so I keep coming back here lol Thanks for the great visuals! Reply

  • October 17, 2017

    I usually don’t follow recipes, but I always forget how to cut the pastry for the braid so I keep coming back here lol Thanks for the great visuals! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 17, 2017

      You’re welcome! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for following and sharing your great review! Reply

  • Lily
    September 28, 2017

    Excellent recipe. Thank you. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 28, 2017

      You’re welcome Lily! I’m glad you enjoy it! Reply

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