This beautiful strawberry danish braid is not only impressive looking, but it tastes amazing! When you have a pastry for breakfast, doesn’t it make it better if there’s fruit in it?
While the end result looks difficult, it’s really not, and it’s actually pretty fun once you get started! Honestly, it’s not even really “braiding” its more overlapping, going side to side. It’s a piece of cake! This video will help you TREMENDOUSLY to get a visual of how to cut the dough if it’s your first time because in my instructions down below it’s a little hard to visualize it without seeing it.
The dough is so simple to make. It only has to be refrigerated twice and not for very long either. I started making my dough around 7AM. Once I got the dough together, I let the dough ball sit in the fridge for about 2 hours, rolled it out, folded it up and let the folded dough sit for 15 minutes. We had a delicious breakfast by 10AM! You can also speed it up in the morning by making the dough at night and then in the morning, you just have to roll it out and get the filling and braiding done. That would probably be much easier. Also, be sure to not overwork the dough, it won’t be as flaky, it will be tough. You have to be verrrrry gentle. This recipe actually makes enough for two braids. So, if you want to make the whole recipe, you can freeze half of it, which is what I did so I can cut the prep time next time. If not, just half the recipe to make one braid. Nothing is better than homemade pastry dough! It’s so light, buttery and flaky – it’s prefect! Of course, you can substitute for store bought dough, but this is way more fun! (And tastes a million times better!)
The filling is so darn good too. For the first layer, I put a nice thick layer of creamy vanilla pastry cream, then topped that off with lots and lots of strawberries! Deeee-licous. Strawberries are my favorite! This danish was almost gone by the end of the day. Mike’s mother actually came over and hid a piece in her coat on the way out because she couldn’t wait to have some, ha!
If you want a delicious breakfast or want to bring the most impressive dish to someone special, this is the perfect choice!
Dough recipe source Sally’s Baking Addiction