Apple Danish Braid

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Onto this heavenly apple danish braid! Its such a wonderful flaky, buttery, crust filled with scrumptious, sweet apples covered in cinnamon glaze! This danish is impossible to resist, especially warmed up with a bit of vanilla ice cream on top. oh meh lord! Its SO GOOD! Its a wonderful change up from the traditional apple crisp or pie we have this time of year..the crust is a few minutes of work, but I swear, its totally worth it! Enjoy!

Apple Danish Braid

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: PT2 hours(fridge time)M

Apple Danish Braid

Ingredients

    For the Pastry Crust
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup ice water
  • For the Filling
  • 8 small apples, (or 4 large) peeled and thinly sliced (I used honey crisp)
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 6 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • For the Glaze
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

Directions

  1. In a medium sized bowl or bowl of a food processor, combine the flour and salt.
  2. Cut in 1/2 cup of butter in slices until crumbly.
  3. Add water, slowly until a dough ball forms
  4. Roll dough onto a lightly floured surface into a 16 x 8" rectangle
  5. Cut remaining butter into thin slices, starting on the long side of the dough, arrange 1/2 the butter slices down the middle
  6. Fold one un-buttered side over the middle buttered one, and then the other un-buttered side over that. (Like folding a letter) Forming a 8x4" rectangle. Roll dough back out into a 16x8" rectangle.
  7. Repeat with the remaining butter and folding once again into a letter. Take your 'letter' and fold in half into a square.
  8. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.
  9. Remove from the plastic wrap and roll out into a 16x8 rectangle. Fold in half lengthwise, then width-wise. Re-wrap in plastic wrap. Put it back in the fridge and leave it there for at least an hour.
  10. When the hour is almost up, in a medium sized saucepan, over medium heat, combine the sugar, cornstarch. cinnamon, lemon juice, and apples. Toss to fully coat.
  11. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally for 5-10 minutes until the apples are tender. Remove from the heat.
  12. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  13. Roll the dough back out into a large rectangle and spoon the apple mixture down the middle the long way. Cut slices of the dough about an inch wide on each side. (There's a great photo tutorial HERE)
  14. Once you've crisscrossed each side into a braid, brush with egg wash.
  15. Pop into the oven for 15-20 minutes until the top is golden brown. Remove to cool on a wire rack.
  16. Mix the glaze together and drizzle over the top. Serve Warm and enjoy!

Notes

Adapted from: Taste of Home

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