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! Β 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!Β 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

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Apple Danish Braid

4.97 from 27 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
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
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!
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6-$7
Servings: 1 braid or 4 slices

Ingredients

Ingredients for Apple Danish Braid:

  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 lb 2 large Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored and sliced into 1/2" thick slices
  • 1/2 cup cranberries fresh or frozen
  • 1 sheet store-bought puff pastry (1/2 lb) thawed by package instructions
  • 1 egg + 1 Tbsp water for egg wash beaten together with a fork
  • 1/2 Tbsp coarse sugar

Ingredients for the Pastry Glaze:

  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp milk

Instructions

  1. Place a large pot or deep skillet over high heat. Melt 3 Tbsp butter and stir in 1/4 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 1/2" 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 1/3 cup powdered sugar with 1/2 Tbsp milk. Once the braided apple danish is at room temperature or just warm, drizzle with glaze, slice, and enjoy!

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 houseΒ smell amazing. Enjoy this wonderful wintery treat πŸ™‚

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  • Judy
    April 21, 2018

    Can you tell me the weight of the pastry block you use, different sizes in NZ. Looks so yummy. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 22, 2018

      Hi Judy, 1 sheet is 1/2 pound. I hope you love hte recipe! Reply

  • Emelle
    March 10, 2018

    omg…I want to make this right now…does it have to be granny smith or would any apple work? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 10, 2018

      Hi Emelle, any crisp apple will work. We love the balance of sweet and tangy with the granny smith apples but you can use a different variety πŸ™‚ Reply

  • 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

  • Kristin
    August 15, 2017

    Hi! Would love to try this but i do most of my baking on weekends and like to freeze things for later. Would this freeze well, and , if so, before or after cooking ? I use fresh puff pastry so I won’t have problem with refreezing a thawed frozen one. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 15, 2017

      Hi Kristin, I haven’t tested that to see, but I imagine it would work well. You probably wouldn’t want to add the drizzle until before serving though. I don’t think that would hold up after thawing if you wanted to reheat it in the oven. Reply

  • June 19, 2017

    Hi Chef is Very Easy Good Thanks Chef Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 19, 2017

      You’re welcome! I’m glad you like it! Reply

  • June 2, 2017

    I made it tonight . The whole family was so impressed . came out fantastic .
    Thank you
    Nelly Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 2, 2017

      Yay! I’m glad everyone loved it Nelly! Thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Jeanne
    April 24, 2017

    So yummy, and my hubs was super impressed when he saw it (and ate it! Haha!) Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 25, 2017

      I’m happy to hear that Jeanne! Thanks for sharing your awesome review! Reply

  • SY
    February 12, 2017

    Note to self. Roll out and fill puff pastry right on the lined baking sheet. It’s impossible to transfer it intact once it’s filled. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 13, 2017

      That is a great idea and would save the step of transferring! Thank you for sharing! Mine usually transfers OK though. Are you flouring the surface before you roll the dough? Also, I wonder if possibly you were roll your dough too thin? Anyway, I do like your idea of just rolling it out onto the lined baking sheet. Reply

  • Tanya
    February 5, 2017

    This so easy to make and delicious recepie! Thank you! My family could not get enough! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 5, 2017

      You’re welcome Tanya!! I’m glad to hear your family enjoyed it as much as mine does!! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Tatanya
    December 26, 2016

    My family love it, I do it mostly every other week! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 27, 2016

      Love to hear these types of reviews! Thank you for sharing Tatanya! Reply

  • fatmah
    December 16, 2016

    Excellent quick dessert recipe! I used walnuts instead of cranberries. It was was all devoured in the same evening. Thank you!!!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 16, 2016

      I am so glad you like the recipe! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Linda
    December 8, 2016

    Hi Natasha

    This recipe looks awesome ! I have one question. I always use water with the powder sugar for a glaze because I think if I use milk, the pastry would need to be refrigerated. You merited that it is safe to stay out over night but wouldn’t the milk go sour ? Thank you !PS have you tried Dufour pastry ? It is more expensive than Pepperidge Farm but well worth it ! It is an all butter puff pastry ! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 9, 2016

      Hi Linda, because of the high sugar to milk ratio, the sugar preserves the glaze and it will not go sour. I haven’t tried that kind of pastry – where do you purchase it? I don’t believe I’ve seen it in grocery stores. Thanks for the tip! Reply

      • Linda
        December 11, 2016

        Hi Natasha,

        Thanks for the tip for using milk in the glaze. I thought the high sugar content might be the reason it doesn’t go sour but I wanted to be sure.. I get DuFour pastry at Wholefoods. Do you have a Wholefoods around you? The only ingredients in the pastry are USDA Grade AA butter, unbleached unbromated flour, water, salt and lemon juice. It is the BEST! I hope you can find it ! Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          December 12, 2016

          That’s great to know! Thank you for sharing that with me!! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Victoria
    December 6, 2016

    Just made this recipe but substituted blackberries and blueberries instead of the cranberries. It turned out SO GOOD. Thank you for another amazing recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 6, 2016

      Victoria, thank you for such a nice review and you are very welcome 😁. Reply

  • 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 πŸ˜‹. 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. πŸ™‚ Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          December 5, 2016

          Thank you for sharing your tip!! πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ 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

  • Irina
    November 18, 2016

    This looks beautiful!
    Btw you don’t hve anything about the egg wash in the print out instructions.. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 18, 2016

      Oh dear, I can’t believe I missed that! Thank you so much for pointing that out! πŸ™‚ Reply

      • lizf
        November 19, 2016

        The step to sprinkle the coarse sugar is missing too. ( : I plan on making this, looks delish! Thanks for helping my uncreative self make such creative and yummy dishes. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          November 19, 2016

          Oh my goodness, I wonder if I accidentally deleted that whole step. ay ya yay!! Thank you!! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Ana
    November 15, 2016

    A delight!

    May I suggest instead of 1/2 Tsp of milk (in the glaze) use orange juice – the taste is somewhat fresher πŸ™‚

    Thank you again, Natasha! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 15, 2016

      Oh thank you for sharing!! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • November 15, 2016

    I made this the other day using my gluten-free pie crust recipe. It was a little tricky as my dough isn’t as forgiving as store-bought puff pastry, but I was really pleased with the way it turned out, I’ll come back and post a picture as soon as I can. I am wondering if I can post this recipe on our Grandpa’s Kitchen website and direct our visitors to your site for the directions, they were very helpful to me as I was trying to figure out how to fold the dough. Please let me know if that would be OK. I love your site and am always visiting for recipes I can make gluten free. Thanks for all of your hard work!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 15, 2016

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I would love to see your gluten free version! Yes that would be fine. Here is my policy for sharing πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Dana
    November 14, 2016

    Thanks for this recipe!!! Looks so delicious!!!!! God bless you!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 14, 2016

      Thank you so much Dana!! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • November 14, 2016

    Hi Natasha,

    I sincerely love this.

    I write reviews for kitchen appliances and home improvement tools.

    Can I republish this content on my blog with credits to you, of course? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 14, 2016

      Hi Shelby, thank you :). I have the answer to your question on my FAQ page hereReply

  • Bree
    November 13, 2016

    Hey Natasha! Love your site, I cant find fresh cranberries in my local stores. Can I use dried? Or what would you recomend? Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 13, 2016

      You can but you might want to soak them temporarily in hot water to puff them up and add them into the apple mixture at the end. You can also omit them and it will still work well πŸ™‚ Reply

      • November 14, 2016

        Okay, thankyou. I will have to soak some because my mom brought fresh ones but there arent enough. Where did you get your cranberries? Thx Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          November 14, 2016

          I purchased them at Fred Meyer. Most grocery stores should carry them this time of year since Thanksgiving is approaching, but you can also use frozen cranberries. Reply

  • Veronica
    November 13, 2016

    I got an email from your blog and it says you are having a give away. I really want to enter into the give away but when I click the Giveaway button it takes me to your shop site. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 13, 2016

      Hi Veronica, first, thank you so much for subscribing!! If you received that email, that means you are already entered. It is for email subscribers only and you don’t have to do anything to enter. If you are a subscriber, you’re automatically entered! πŸ™‚ I hope you have an amazing week! Reply

      • Veronica
        November 14, 2016

        Oh okay, thankyou! I really enjoy makeing maccarons and I really would like that prize. I made your raspberry ones, absolutely delish and full of flavor! Reply

  • Toosie
    November 13, 2016

    Hi Natasha,

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I made a double portion of it today. It was so easy to make and turned out so delicious that we finished a full log of danish. I didn’t have cranberries so replaced it with frozen raspberries. I don’t think it hurt the end result πŸ˜ƒ
    Continue the good work!

    Best Wishes,
    Toosie Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 13, 2016

      Hi Toosie πŸ™‚ A double portion of apple raspberry Danish sounds amazing!! Thank you for sharing your awesome review! Reply

  • D. Miller
    November 13, 2016

    I really like the small amount of added sugar….will make this ASAP…thank you for your wonderful recipes. I’m a 71 yr. old Hungarian who loves to cook & enjoy your take on Central Euro recipes. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 13, 2016

      We also appreciate sweets that aren’t overly sugary :). I hope you love this recipe! Reply

  • Natalia
    November 13, 2016

    Looks soooo yummy! I will definitely try it! Love your recepies, thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 13, 2016

      Thank you Natalia! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Bernice Simchuk
    November 12, 2016

    Hi Natasha I love your recipe you explaig things so good I love it. May God Bless you and your family Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 12, 2016

      You’re so sweet! Thank you Bernice and God bless you as well! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • November 12, 2016

    This is gorgeous! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 12, 2016

      Thank you so much Sara! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Katya
    November 12, 2016

    Hi Natasha, this looks good! I have tried the easy slab apple,and I might even try this one thank you for all your recipes!😊 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 12, 2016

      Oh if you liked that one, you will LOVE this one! πŸ™‚ The addition of cranberries is so good! Reply

  • Vera
    November 11, 2016

    Looks great. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 12, 2016

      Thank you Vera! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Hope Faithens
    November 11, 2016

    Looks delish! I love thanksgiving, cause of all the food! My family trusts your recipies because they never go wrong and are always delish! Keep up the good work! God bless your family. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 12, 2016

      Thank you so much for that sweet compliment. It really is so encouraging! πŸ™‚ Reply

      • Hope Faithens
        November 12, 2016

        Sometimes I wish I was you.;) Reply

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