Tuscan Splendor Spinach Braid

READY IN: 45mins
Recipe by Pinay0618

The winner in the appetizer category of the Bake-Off® Monthly Challenge takes a shortcut with Crescent Recipe Creations flaky dough sheets. From Pillsbury.com.

Top Review by Sharon the Rocket

This was different and unfortunately, not exactly what I expected. I think the black olive tapenade and the goat cheese mix together was more rich than my hubby's stomach could handle. It was easy to make but I think I'll switch out the goat cheese for a different kind of cheese and I'll leave out the black olive tapenade. Made for Let's P-A-R-T-Y! 2010.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (8 ounce) can crescent roll dough, Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations
  • 13 cup refrigerated black olive tapenade
  • 1 (9 ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain
  • 12 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 34 cup julienne cut sun-dried tomato packed in oil, well drained
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon water


  1. Heat oven to 350°F Unroll dough. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Press into 12x9-inch rectangle.
  2. Spread tapénade in 3-inch wide strip lengthwise down the center of dough leaving 1-inch edge on both ends. Layer spinach evenly over the tapénade. Top with cheese then layer with tomatoes.
  3. With scissors or sharp knife, make diagonal cuts 1 inch apart on long sides of dough rectangle to within 1/2 inch of filling. Alternately cross strips diagonally over filling. Turn ends of braid up and press to seal. In small bowl, beat egg with water. Brush over top of braid.
  4. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. To serve, cut into slices.

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