Apple Danish Braid Recipe

by Merissa on October 2, 2014

in Recipes

Apple Danish Braid Recipe - Little House Living

Apple Danish Braid Recipe

Are you ready to start making some yummy fall recipes using fall produce? I always look forward to apple season!  Apples are one of my very favorite fruits, and while they are in season, they can be purchased very inexpensively. We love to make Homemade Applesauce, Mulled Apple Cider, Applesauce Pancakes, and all kinds of other yummy apple things. This year I decided to put an apple spin on one of my favorite family recipes, my Cream Cheese Danish.

This danish is a recipe from scratch and involves no canned products like traditional danish recipes that you see. It's not difficult to make and so, so yummy! This apple version is perfect for fall and a great way to use apples. It makes a delicious dessert or a special breakfast. You have to try it!

Apple Cream Cheese Danish

Apple Danish Braid Recipe

What You Need:

  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 Tablespoon yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pint home canned Apples OR 2 diced, peeled apples
  • 1/2 teaspoon Apple Pie Spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon

Apple Cream Cheese Danish

In a small bowl, mix together the yeast, warm water, and 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Stir slightly and set aside.

Apple Cream Cheese Danish

On the stove top, mix together the sour cream, butter, 1/4 cup of sugar, and salt. Stir and simmer slightly until all ingredients are melted. Let this mixture cool slightly before moving onto the next step.

Apple Cream Cheese Danish

In a large bowl, mix together the sour cream mixture, yeast mixture, and the egg. Combine well.

Apple Cream Cheese Danish

Add in the flour and knead until combined. Shape into a ball and place a cloth over the top. Place the entire bowl in the fridge for 2 hours.

Apple Cream Cheese Danish

Remove the dough from the fridge after 2 hours and knead slightly. Roll out the dough onto a greased cookie sheet into a rectangle (about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thick). Using a pizza cutter, cut slits about 3 inches long and one inch wide into each side of the dough.

Apple Cream Cheese Danish

Mix together the cream cheese (softened), 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar, and the vanilla extract. Stir until the sugar has melted into the cream cheese.

Apple Cream Cheese Danish

Spread the cream cheese evenly down the middle of the danish.

Apple Cream Cheese Danish

If you are using fresh apples, peel and slice the apples. In a saucepan, cook the apples over a medium heat (with a little butter) until the apples are cooked. Add in the cinnamon and apple pie spice. If you are using canned apples you can simply add in the spices. (More recipes using canned apples here!)

Apple Cream Cheese Danish

Spread over the top of the cream cheese.

Apple Cream Cheese Danish

Use the side strips of the dough to create the braid over the top of the apples and cream cheese.

Apple Cream Cheese Danish

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until the dough is turning brown on the top.

Apple Cream Cheese Danish

Enjoy warm! This would also taste yummy with a little glaze on top. Just mix a bit of powdered sugar with milk and drizzle it over the entire loaf. This recipe also freezes very well. Just bake and freeze in freezer bags. 🙂

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1 Mrs. Farn October 2, 2014 at 7:07 am

Thanks for posting this recipe!! I can’t wait to make it this weekend!!!

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2 Barb Wright October 2, 2014 at 7:45 am

This sounds so good!! I am out of sour cream,but will be going to the store soon.As soon as I do,I am trying this! I also like the idea of freezing a couple for the future. You have some really wonderful ideas..thanks!

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3 Michelle S October 2, 2014 at 8:25 am

One word…Yum

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4 Marilyn M October 2, 2014 at 10:41 am

I’ve got some frozen apples that would work great in this recipe, and I am inspired now to give this braid a whirl 🙂

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5 Jennifer October 3, 2014 at 7:54 am

This looks delicious! Do you have a diary free version of the dough? I can always come up with something for this filling but the dough with sour cream is always the hard part for me 🙂

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6 Merissa October 3, 2014 at 9:03 am

I haven’t tried a dairy free version but you might have luck with coconut butter to replace the butter, I’m not sure on the sour cream though…maybe some kind of dairy free yogurt?

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7 bonnie October 3, 2014 at 8:55 am

Thanks for the recipe. Can you clarify whether it’s 1/2 tsp. sugar or 1 tsp. of sugar, please? In the recipe, it says 1/2 tsp., but the instructions say 1 tsp.

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8 Merissa October 3, 2014 at 9:05 am

It’s just 1/2 teaspoon, I fixed it in the recipe!

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9 Quinetta October 3, 2014 at 11:55 am

Do you have a Cream Cheese Danish Pastry recipe? I love Cream cheese Pastries. Thank you for sharing your favorite recipes with us. Love them.

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10 Teresa October 4, 2014 at 12:51 pm

I love your original cream cheese danish. I haven’t made it in a while, so I am glad you posted this apple version to remind me! It is a very tender dough to work with and the danish turns out fantastic, better than a bakery, and definitely with better, homemade ingredients. Delicious!!! I may make two small ones, eat one now and then freeze one. Thank you!

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11 Merissa October 4, 2014 at 2:26 pm

I hope you enjoy this version! 🙂

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12 Sandra October 5, 2014 at 9:33 am

Do you what type of gluten free flour I’d use for the dough. My husband and young daughter are celiac. Thank you,

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13 Mrs. Sarah Coller October 10, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Oh yum! Our family loves appley stuff. Pinning!

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14 carolyn | homework October 10, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful project on The Inspiration Board at homework. I loved your project and featured you today!
Have a wonderful weekend!
carolyn ~ homework

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15 Adrienne October 13, 2014 at 11:42 pm

This looks so delicious! Thanks so much for linking up to the be.YOU. tiful link party Hugs :)Adrienne

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16 Vicki Montague - The Free From Fairy September 11, 2015 at 3:57 am

This looks lovely! I made my first ever Danish yesterday…from scratch…and it was gluten and dairy free too! I am really pleased with myself!! I went for maple, pecan and walnut though, but next time I think it might have to be apple!

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17 Emily @ The Benson Street September 12, 2015 at 2:26 pm

Yummy! perfect of a fall breakfast or brunch! Thanks for linking up at the Monday Funday Party.

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18 Jill September 14, 2015 at 10:57 pm

That look sooo tasty Merissa! Thanks for sharing at A Round Tuit. Hope you have a wonderful week!

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19 Jennifer Dawn September 23, 2015 at 5:45 am

These look wonderful! I’m so glad that you shared them at our weekly link party because it lead me to your lovely corner of blogland. Consider me your newest follower!

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20 Christie September 23, 2015 at 10:53 am

Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer! Glad to have you!

Christie
LHL Assistant

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21 Becky April 28, 2016 at 4:56 am

Great job on this recipe, it looks wonderful! Can’t wait to try it this weekend 🙂

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