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 Responses to Tuesdays with Dorie: Danish Braid

  1. Mr. Neil October 15, 2013 at 09:15 #

    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. Monica October 15, 2013 at 09:25 #

    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. Liz October 15, 2013 at 10:00 #

    Mmmmm….your photos have me yearning for another slice 🙂

  4. Lynda October 15, 2013 at 10:20 #

    Beautiful! I know what I am making for my (danish) family this weekend.

  5. Cher October 15, 2013 at 12:26 #

    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.

    • Mr. Neil October 15, 2013 at 17:11 #

      He deserves it. Just sayin’. 😉

    • Mardi Michels November 10, 2013 at 17:02 #

      I’m going with “fun modern feel” as opposed to “I didn’t know how to make the braid” 😉

  6. Vicki @ WITK October 15, 2013 at 12:47 #

    This is a beautiful danish! I’ve been wanting to make something like this for a while. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! 🙂

  7. Coco in the Kitchen October 15, 2013 at 12:55 #

    This reminds me of Kringle.
    Might try my hand at making one this Sat AM – love the jammie filling!

  8. SandraM October 15, 2013 at 19:31 #

    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! 🙂

  9. oven chaos October 15, 2013 at 21:18 #

    If it was not for Thanksgiving weekend, I would have not attempted this recipe! Love the Sunday Styles photo.

  10. Denise October 15, 2013 at 22:21 #

    Do you deliver? If so, I would like two of these delivered, warm and buttery, next Sunday!

  11. smarkies October 15, 2013 at 23:09 #

    This is a beautiful danish. I love the picture of the jam running out a little. It was a good recipe. 🙂

    • Mardi Michels November 10, 2013 at 17:00 #

      Yup it was a good recipe – pleased with that!

  12. Dawn October 16, 2013 at 11:34 #

    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! 🙂

  13. yummychunklet October 16, 2013 at 19:28 #

    Oh, I love your almonds on top!

  14. Paula October 16, 2013 at 22:57 #

    Who cares if it’s not braided as per the instructions! The pastry looks perfect and the filling sounds delicious 🙂

    • Mardi Michels November 10, 2013 at 16:59 #

      Well, I actually do – things like that bug me!

  15. Katie @ Counter Dog October 17, 2013 at 09:03 #

    I also love how the filling variations are endless! I certainly wouldn’t call you lazy for not making any — the Danish seems the perfect vessel for using up jams.

    • Mardi Michels November 10, 2013 at 16:59 #

      Totally – and now I know how to make the pastry, it will be made again so I can use up some jams and jellies!

  16. Cathleen October 18, 2013 at 22:38 #

    You made a beautiful looking pastry! Your filling sounds delicious. I love the second picture – great angle shot!

  17. Marlise October 19, 2013 at 11:33 #

    What a wonderful way to enjoy a leisurely Sunday morning. Your braid looks great!

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