Apple Danish Braid


2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold butter, divided
1/2 cup ice water

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

2 Tablespoons water
3/4 cup powdered sugar

1. Make the crust first: In a stand mixer or a food processor, combine the flour and salt. Cut in 1/2 cup of butter in slices until crumbly. Add water, slowly until a dough ball forms. Roll dough onto a lightly floured surface into a 16 x 8″ rectangle. Cut remaining butter into thin slices, starting on the long side of the dough, arrange 1/2 the butter slices down the middle. 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 8×4″ rectangle. Roll dough back out into a 16×8″ rectangle. Repeat with the remaining butter and folding once again into a letter. Take your ‘letter’ and fold in half into a square. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.

2. Remove from the plastic wrap and roll out into a 16×8 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.

3. When the hour is almost up, make the filling. In a medium sized saucepan, over medium heat, combine the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, lemon juice, and apples. Toss to fully coat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally for 5-10 minutes until the apples are tender. Remove from the heat.

4. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

5. Remove dough from refrigerator and roll 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: Once you’ve crisscrossed each side into a braid, brush with egg wash.

6. Put the danish onto a cookie sheet, and place cookie sheet into the pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes until the top is golden brown. Remove to cool on a wire rack.

7. Mix the glaze together and drizzle over the top. Serve Warm and enjoy!

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