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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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

4.99 from 58 votes
Author: Natasha of 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! | 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!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 1 braid or 4 slices

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:

Instructions

  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Danish
Keyword: Apple Danish Braid
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $

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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 🙂

Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Milana Siminenko
    June 30, 2023

    hey, Natasha, I have a question for you, can I use a different kind’s of apples.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      June 30, 2023

      Any sweet/tart and crisp apple will do.
      Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Braeburn all work well.

      Reply

  • Shannon
    December 23, 2022

    I have made this twice, and will be doing so again tomorrow. As suggested, doubling the recipe.
    Natasha, when I am googling for recipes, and your site comes up, I am confident ignoring anything else. Your recipes are the best! I’ve made at least 20 of them.
    The more I make, the more I bake. Requests for repeats are a constant.
    Thank you!!!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 23, 2022

      Hi Shannon! That is amazing! Thank you for trying so many of my recipes. I’m so glad you love them.

      Reply

  • Brandy
    December 15, 2022

    Hi! I’m actually making this now and had a tough time with “coarse sugar”. But after reading through the comments it’s looks as though that should be coarse salt. Is this correct? Love your recipes

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 16, 2022

      Hi Brandy, this recipe calls for coarse sugar. Coarse sugar has a larger crystal size than regular sugar and works perfectly to top danishes and other baked goods.

      Reply

  • Christine
    December 15, 2022

    Hi Natasha,
    I made 2 of the Apple Danish for my husband’s office potluck and he got so many compliments how delicious they are compared to store bought and also I made the chocolate crinkle cookies to my colleagues at work, they were so delicious they couldn’t stop eating them. Thank you for your wonderful recipes you are keeping me busy in the kitchen this holidays.
    Merry Christmas

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 15, 2022

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Christine! Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Alisha
    October 28, 2022

    Hi Natasha,
    Absolutely love this recipe! Thank you! I’ve already made it a few times and it always turns out great. I was wondering if I can make this ahead of time, like a day before, cover and refrigerate raw, and then bake the day of our gathering. Do you think it’ll work?
    Thank you for your advise.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 28, 2022

      Hi Alisha! Thank you, I’m glad you love it.
      I have not tested refrigerating and then baking it the next day. I don’t know how the pastry would hold up with everything but I think it could work. You may check out the FAQs on the puff pastry website HERE to see recommendations. Let us know how it turns out if you try.

      Reply

  • Rose
    August 28, 2022

    I’m looking through your apple recipes and they all look wonderful! I’d like to make your pie, turnovers, and this danish braid. Will Gravenstein apples work in the recipe’s? I have an abundance of them.
    Thanks

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 29, 2022

      I haven’t tested that to advise. If you do it as an experiment, please update us on how it goes!

      Reply

  • Faye Passanisi
    March 21, 2022

    Bravo Natasha, I’ve been trying several of your recipes for about year now and every single recipe I’ve tried comes out perfect, so delicious! You are so good at this, I am so glad I found your videos!!!! Thank you so much. <3

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 22, 2022

      Yay that’s awesome, Faye! I’m really happy to know that you’ve been enjoying my recipes.

      Reply

  • Olesea
    February 28, 2022

    Thank you for this recipe! I already made it many times, so so good. Everyone loves it❤️

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 28, 2022

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Olesea!

      Reply

      • Olesea
        October 28, 2022

        Hi Natasha,
        I was wondering if I can make this recipe ahead of time? Like a day before, cover and refrigerate raw, and then bake the day of our gathering. Do you think it’ll work?
        Thank you for your advise.

        Reply

        • NatashasKitchen.com
          October 28, 2022

          Hi Olesea! I have not tested refrigerating and then baking it the next day. I don’t know how the pastry would hold up with everything but I think it could work. You may check out the FAQs on the puff pastry website HERE to see recommendations. Let us know how it turns out if you try.

          Reply

  • Roman Szkilnyk
    December 6, 2021

    Hey Natasha……what are your thoughts on using this apple/ cranberry mixture to make a round pie with the puff pastry?

    thx

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 6, 2021

      Hi Roman, I haven’t tested this recipe with a pie crust, with a few changes and adjusted bake time it may work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe

      Reply

  • KENNETH WALLIN
    November 19, 2021

    The apple danish braid looks easy delicious and easy to make. If I make two braids, can I freeze one of them. I have used many of your recipe and each one turned out great

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 19, 2021

      Hi Kenneth, 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 tried to reheat it in the oven.

      Reply

  • Linda
    September 25, 2021

    Your recipes are excellent 👌👌👍.
    Thank you

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 25, 2021

      Thank you for that wonderful compliment, Linda!

      Reply

  • Terri
    March 23, 2021

    I’ve made this several times. So good! I use a pizza cutter rather than the scissors. What is coarse sugar? Does it go by another name? Suggested substitutes?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 23, 2021

      Hi Terri, Coarse sugar has a larger crystal size than regular sugar. I hope that helps!

      Reply

  • Deb
    February 24, 2021

    Natasha, I realized that I have made this recipe so many times and I’ve shared with friends but I have not told you how much I love this recipe. It is so fun to make and is such a great gift. Thanks so much!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 24, 2021

      I’m so happy you enjoeyd that, Deb! That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Patti
    January 2, 2021

    Natasha…absolutely love your videos and recipes!
    Can I prepare the apple braid the night before, refrigerate, and bake the next day?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 2, 2021

      Hi Patti, you can make it the day before and keep it at room temp overnight, then serve at room temp or warm it up a little to serve.

      Reply

  • Evelyn
    December 30, 2020

    Hi! Can I use dried cranberries instead? If yes, how much should I use?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 30, 2020

      Hi Evelyn, You can try that, 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

      Reply

  • christina
    December 2, 2020

    I stumbled on this recipe while trying to figure out what to do with my leftover thanksgiving fresh cranberries and it was delicious! And easy to make. Thanks so much for the step-by-step pictures of the braid. It was much easier than I expected and it not only tasted great but looked good too! 🙂

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 3, 2020

      You are most welcome, Christina. Thank you for sharing your good comments with us, we appreciate it.

      Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 3, 2020

      You’re so welcome, Christina. I’m glad you were still able to enjoy your leftover cranberries!

      Reply

  • Fizza
    October 17, 2020

    We don’t have cranberries. Any substitute?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 18, 2020

      Others shared that they used frozen raspberries and love it too!

      Reply

  • Olga
    September 18, 2020

    Oh my goodness! This was AMAZING! Thank you for such an easy and absolutely delicious recipe. Will have to make it again tomorrow.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 19, 2020

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Angela Iozzi
    September 7, 2020

    Hi, what other fruit can you use instead of cranberries

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 7, 2020

      Hi Angela, I have not tested this with another fruit but some of our readers have posted great ideas using other berries, raspberries being one of them.

      Reply

      • AK
        February 12, 2021

        I would think that raisins would be nice. I would boil them for a few minutes to rehydrate them a little bit, but you can’t go wrong with raisins and apple together.

        Reply

  • Hilary Adams
    September 4, 2020

    To freeze, which is better: freeze it raw or bake it first?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 4, 2020

      Hi Hilary, I haven’t tested that to advise, but I imagine it would work well baked. 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

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