Danish Braid

Recipe by spatchcock
READY IN: 48hrs 20mins


  • Danish Dough
  • 14
    cup water, 110 degrees
  • 2 12
    teaspoons dry yeast
  • 12
    cup milk, room temperature
  • 1
    large egg, room temperature
  • 14
    cup sugar
  • 1
    teaspoon salt
  • 2 12
  • 8
    ounces unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
  • Danish-almond filling
  • 1
    cup blanched almond
  • 12
  • 2
    tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 12
    teaspoon almond extract
  • 1
    large egg white, lightly beaten
  • Danish-Berry Jam Filling
  • 2
    cups fresh berries, crushed
  • 1
    cup sugar
  • 1
    tablespoon lemon juice (up to 2 tbl depending on sweetness)
  • Other Ingredients
  • 1
    large egg white
  • raw sugar or crushed sugar cube
  • sliced almonds, garnish
  • 4 -6
    tablespoons strong coffee


  • Danish Dough: Pour water into a large bowl, sprinkle over.
  • yeast and let soften for a minute.
  • Add milk, egg, sugar and salt.
  • Whisk to mix. Set aside.
  • Put flour into food processor, add butter and pulse (8-10 times) until butter is cut into pieces 1/2 inch diameter- no smaller.
  • Empty contents of food processor into the bowl with the yeast mixture.
  • Very gently turn the mixture over with a rubber spatula until the dry ingredients are moistened.
  • Butter must remain in discrete pieces.
  • Cover bowl and refrigerate overnight (or up to 4 days).
  • Lightly flour work surface, turn the dough out and lightly flour the dough.
  • Pat into a rough square.
  • Note: If at anytime the dough becomes too soft, cover with plastic and chill.
  • Roll out to 16" x 16".
  • Fold in thirds like a business letter and turn so that the closed fold is on your left.
  • Roll again to 10" x 24".
  • Fold in thirds again, turn so the closed fold is on your left.
  • Roll into a 20" x 20" square.
  • Fold the square in thirds and turn so that the closed fold is on your left.
  • Roll into a 10" x 20' rectangle, fold in thirds again.
  • Wrap dough in plastic and chill at least 30 minutes (up to 2 days).
  • Dough can be frozen for 1 month.
  • Thaw in refrigerator overnight.
  • Danish-almond filling: Put almonds, sugar and butter into food processor.
  • Process until almonds are finely ground, scraping bowl as necessary.
  • Add almond extract and 2 Tbsp of the beaten egg white.
  • Process until mixed.
  • Store in airtight container in the refrigerator until needed (up to 1 week).
  • Bring to room temperature before using.
  • Danish-Berry Jam Filling: Stir berries and sugar together in saucepan.
  • Cook on low, stirring until most of the liquid is absorbed and filling is glossy.
  • (Can be done in microwave) Stir in lemon juice.
  • Scrape filling into a small container and cool to room temperature.
  • Seal container and chill.
  • Will keep refrigerated for 1 week.
  • Danish Braid assembly: Divide Danish dough in half.
  • Roll each chilled danish dough half on lightly floured surface to a 10" x 16" rectangle.
  • Lift on to a parchment lined half sheet pan.
  • Spread some of the fruit filling down the middle third of the dough.
  • Top with some of the cream or almond filling.
  • Note:you may not need the entire amount of either filling Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut 12- 14 slanting lines down each side angling cuts from the center to the edge and cutting strips about 3/4 inch wide.
  • Fold strips of pastry into the center, crisscrossing the filling by alternating strips from each side.
  • Lightly press ends to seal and run your hands along the sides of the pastry to straighten.
  • Brush with egg white, sprinkle with sugar and almonds.
  • Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise at room temperature until it looks and feels puffy.
  • About 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Bake in center of oven for 15-20 minutes until golden.
  • Cool slightly Stir coffee and powdered sugar together to produce a smooth shiny glaze.
  • Spoon glaze into a zip-loc bag, seal top and snip corner with scissors to create a pastry bag.
  • Squeeze squiggles of glaze over pastry and allow to set.
  • Serve.
  • Notes: you can use other Danish fillings as well.
  • Such as:
  • Danish- Cream Cheese Filling (recipe #54153).
  • Danish-Prune Filling (recipe #54152).
  • Danish-Confectioners Cream filling (recipe #54151).
  • Danish-Apricot Filling (recipe #54150).