DELICIOUS Danish Braid Recipe Made By Anna Olson

by Anna Olson
Anna's DELICIOUS Danish Braid Recipe

Danish Braid is on the menu in Chef Anna Olson’s amazing kitchen, and she is going to teach you how to make this delicious recipe from scratch!

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Anna's DELICIOUS Danish Braid Recipe
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Danish Braid

Rating: 5.0/5
( 2 voted )
Serves: 12 Prep Time: Cooking Time: Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


Fruit Filling

  • ½ cup (75 g) raisins
  • ½ cup (85 g) dried cranberries
  • ½ cup (80 g) pitted prunes, cut in half
  • ¼ cup (60 g) diced candied citrus peel (orange or lemon)
  • juice and zest of 1 orange
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) ground ginger

Cheese filling

  • ½ pkg (125 g) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp (25 g) granulated sugar (caster sugar)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) vanilla extract


  • ½ recipe Danish pastry dough -
  • 1 egg whisked with 2 Tbsp (30 mL) water, for brushing
  • 1 egg white, at room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp (25 g) granulated sugar (caster sugar)
  • 1 cup (200 g) sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup (60 g) icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) milk


  1. For the fruit, toss the raisins, cranberries, prunes and candied citrus peel with the zest, juice, cinnamon, ginger and sugar. Set aside, stirring occasionally.
  2. For the cheese filling, beat the cream cheese with the sugar until smooth and then beat in the egg yolk and vanilla. Set aside.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the Danish pastry dough into a 10-x-15-inch (25-x-36-cm) rectangle. Mark 2 parallel lines (without cutting through the pastry) about 3 1/2-inches (9 cm) from each of the long sides of the rectangle. Use a pastry wheel to cut in strips about 1 ½-inches (33 mm) wide at an angle from the outside, stopping at the 3 ½-inch (9 cm) mark. Spread the cheese filling down the middle of the pastry and top this with the fruits – drizzle any excess juices from the fruit bowl over the fruit. Trim away any excess pastry and fold over a bit of pastry at the top and bottom on the rectangle. Alternating strips from each side, fold the strips over the filling so that they reach the opposite side and create a braided look. Once you reach the end of the pastry, tuck the last 2 strips underneath. Lift the braid carefully to a parchment-lined baking tray, cover with a tea towel and let rise for 90 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 F (190 C). Brush the Danish braid with the egg wash and bake for about 30 minutes, until a rich golden brown. Cool the pastry completely on the baking tray before glazing and topping with sugared almonds.
  5. For the sugared almonds, whisk the egg white by hand until foamy and whisk in the sugar until dissolved and the whites are still foamy. Stir in the almonds to coat well and spread these on a parchment lined baking tray. Bake the almonds, still at 375 F (190 C), until browned, 12-15 minutes, then cool before using (this will make more than you need for this recipe, but they also make a lovely topping for ice cream or other desserts.)
  6. To decorate the Danish braid, whisk the icing sugar and milk together and drizzle this over the Danish braid. Lightly crumble the almonds over the glaze and let this set 30 minutes before serving.


The Danish braid is best enjoyed the day it is baked. The braid can be assembled, unbaked, a day ahead to help with timing.

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Dr. Maria Schantz June 7, 2021 - 02

My sincere appreciation for your yummy, elegant pastries!!!


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