Flaky Danish Braids Recipe
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Flaky Danish Braids Recipe

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Though this recipe takes a bit of time to make, it's completely worth it. The braids are a special breakfast treat on occasions like Easter, or a family birthday. People will take seconds and thirds!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • Filling:
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Glaze:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons 2% milk


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, combine milk, butter, egg, sugar, salt, yeast mixture and 2-1/2 cups flour; beat on medium speed 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  2. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. In a large bowl, combine filling ingredients. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into four portions. Roll each portion into a 12x8-in. rectangle. Spread each with a quarter of the filling to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal.
  4. For each roll, starting 1 in. from one end, make two lengthwise cuts, making three sections. Braid the sections together, cut sides up. Pinch ends to seal; tuck under. Place rolls on greased baking sheets. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool slightly. For icing, in a small bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar and enough milk to reach desired consistency. Drizzle over warm braids. Yield: 4 braids (6 slices each).
Originally published as Flaky Danish Braids in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2016, p170

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