Tuesdays with Dorie: Danish Braid

Danish Braid for Tuesdays with Julie Baking with Julia on eatlivetravelwrite.comCanadians celebrated Thanksgiving this past weekend and I celebrated by taking the time to make this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe (Danish Braid, p 205) for a special Sunday breakfast.  Sometimes on Sunday I might whip up some bacon and eggs but I rarely (if ever!) have the time to make a Danish pastry. I relished having the extra day and loved being able to serve this to Neil for a classy, leisurely breakfast on the porch.

Danish Braid on eatlivetravelwrite.comI’ve never actually made a Danish before so I was surprised with how easy the dough was to make –  it literally came together in 10 minutes then rested in the fridge overnight. I got up early on Sunday to roll out the dough, fill it and shape it before letting it rest for 30 minutes then baking it until golden brown.

Tuesdays with Dorie Danish Braid on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe recipe calls for two from-scratch fillings (a fruit filling and a confectioner’s cream or almond filling) which I didn’t make. I had some gorgeous blueberry/ cranberry jam on hand and a little cream cheese so that’s what I filled our Danish with. Call me lazy!

Danish Braid from Baking with Julia on eatlivetravelwrite.comNo, mine does not look so much like a “braid” (I could not make much sense of the instructions in the book and wished I had seen Cher’s photos (before and after) of how she did it so beautifully before I had shaped mine. Oh well, next time! In any case, I was very surprised (as I always am with things involving pastry or yeast) that this turned out so well and that it tasted, well, like it is supposed to. I’ll definitely be making this again – the possibilities for different fillings and for making smaller individual portions are endless!

Get the recipe for the Danish Pastry Braid here.

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25 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Dorie: Danish Braid”

  1. Mr. Neil loved BEING served this, alongside my latte, whilst reading the New York times on a rather lovely warm weekend morn!

    Never mind the braid – this looked, and tasted, wonderful. A perfect way to start the day.

  2. Your braids are beautiful! And that jam sounds fantastic. I also went that route for one of my braids and used a bottle of cherry preserves paired with a cream cheese filling. We loved this!

  3. Lucky Mr. Neil!

    I like the way you shaped it – it had a fun modern feel going on. (P.S. I totally used a jar of store lemon curd – there was no way almond cream and homemade lekvar were happening in this house this weekend!)

    Hope you had a restful holiday yesterday.

  4. Looks great!! I too loved having the extra day this weekend to make this pastry! I didn’t make my own filling either. I used an apricot spread and a cream cheese filling. I loved how easy this dough was to make…so it seemed appropriate to use a quick filling.
    I’m making pinwheels tonight with the other half of the dough! 🙂

  5. I won’t call you lazy if you don’t call me lazy—-I’m using cream cheese as well! (Though I did make a homemade strawberry jam to go with.)

    Looks beautiful! 🙂


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