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sliced braided apple danish

Apple Danish Braid

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American


It's easier than you think to make this beautiful homemade Apple Danish! A delightfully flaky crust is filled with caramelized apples and crumble topping makes this recipe a fall favorite!


Units Scale
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 puff pastry dough sheet, thawed

Apple Filling

  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 large apples, peeled and diced

Brown Sugar Crumble

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, softened


  1. Combine butter, sugar, water, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a medium saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium heat until boiling.
  3. Boil 2 minutes while stirring often, then add diced apples.
  4. Simmer 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  5. Remove the pan from heat and allow to cool.
  6. Mix dry crumble ingredients in a bowl (brown sugar, cinnamon and flour.) Cut in butter with two knives or a pastry cutter until thoroughly blended and crumbly.
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. Lay puff pastry sheet on the baking sheet, use a knife to cut 1" slices into the outer thirds of the dough.
  9. Spread cooled apple mixture along the middle third, then top with crumble.
  10. Fold over the outer edges to "braid" them bu criss-crossing them at a slight downward angle.
  11. Beat together egg and water and use a pastry brush to coat the top of the danish.
  12. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.


  • Store at room temperature in an airtight container up to 3 days.
  • To make ahead up to two days, refrigerate assembled danish wrapped in plastic wrap. Bake extra 5 minutes from chilled or allow to come to room temperature before baking.
  • To freeze before baking, assemble the danish on a baking dish lined with parchment paper. Freeze on the dish for 3-4 hours or until frozen through. Remove to a freezer bag for storage in the freezer up to 3 months. To bake simply place on a baking dish frozen and extend baking time 15-20 minutes longer.
    To freeze after baking, place in a freezer safe container and store up to one month. Reheat in the oven until heated through.

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