Vegan Braided Cream Cheese & Jam Danish + How To Braid Dough | A Holiday Collaboration!

December 13, 2016

Desserts

By: Jasmine Briones 

THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS HERE 🙂

Regardless of which holiday you celebrate, this Vegan Braided Cream Cheese & Jam Danish + the Mint Chocolate Chip Cake and Almond & Cinnamon Marshmallow Treats shared below are all calling for a spot at your table ?

I’m so excited to have been able to collaborate once again with Ahnest Veggie and Yvonne’s Vegan Kitchen to bring you all 3 must try vegan recipes for your holiday table! We delivered some awesome recipes for Thanksgiving, and I promise you these are nothing less! A vegan danish, come on, you should already be sold on that!I decided to create a picture tutorial for this vegan danish as well as I had seen on The Kitchen McCabe, because it was easier for me to demonstrate and why not if I was already doing it 😉 Shout out to Conscious Chris who helped me photograph the process, it would have been impossible with my doughy four filled hands!
1. Thaw your dough to room temperature. Roll the dough out into a 1/4″ thick rectangle roughly about 8×12″, then cut the edges off to be sure each edge is straight.

2. Cut strips into the sides of the dough at a downward slope. You can either discard of the top piece of the dough or save it with the other scraps for another recipe.
3. Spread in the cream cheese and jam, then sprinkle it with walnuts.

Note: I would suggest you assemble the whole thing on parchment paper to save you the stress of transferring it over. I made the mistake of not doing that!
4. Fold the bottom flap up, sealing the sides.

5. Take the first strip of pastry on the right and cross it over, then seal the end by pressing it into the other side. Repeat this on alternating sides until you are left with 2 strips of dough.
6. Tightly tuck the last two strips over, trying your best to seal the end (like the first bottom piece we folded over). Brush with almond milk.

7. Carefully place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Note: I would suggest you assemble the whole thing on parchment paper to save you the stress of transferring it over!

And now to share the recipes from Yvonne and Sarah! You can click the photos below to check out their recipes!  Almond & Cinnamon Marshmallow Treats sweetsimplevegan.comSarah shared Almond & Cinnamon Marshmallow Treats which are taken to an even further level by simply using cookie cutters, which I honestly never thought about doing with marshmallow treats until now! Mint Chocolate Chip Cake SweetSimpleVegan.comYvonne put together a Mint Chocolate Chip Cake…I couldn’t believe this was real!Make sure you tag me on Instagram @sweetsimplevegan or twitter @sweetsimpleveg and hashtag #sweetsimplevegan if you recreate any of these recipes, I love to see your photos 🙂

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Vegan Braided Cream Cheese & Jam Danish


  • Author: Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8-9

Description

The one thing your holiday table needs? A braided vegan danish. Not only is it delicious, but it will also have your guests thinking you’re a kitchen pro 😉


Ingredients

  • ~1 lb. plain pizza dough or pastry dough (I used pizza)
  • 5 oz. vegan cream cheese, softened (I used Kite Hill for oil-free)
  • 1 1/2 tsp maple syrup (optional as I left it out, see notes)
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp jam of choice (I used raspberry for color but also recommend guava)
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup almond milk, for brushing

Instructions

  1. Remove dough from the refrigerator, and allow it to come to room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Roll the dough out into a 1/4″ thick rectangle roughly about 8×12″, then cut the edges off to be sure each edge is straight. Place the dough onto the lined baking sheet.
  4. Using a sharp knife*, cut strips into the sides of the dough at a downward slope. You can either discard of the top piece of the dough or save it with the other scraps for another recipe. See a step by step how to in the photos above.
  5. Spread in the cream cheese and jam, then sprinkle it with walnuts.
  6. Fold the bottom flap up, sealing the sides. Take the first strip of pastry on the right and cross it over, then seal the end by pressing it into the other side. Repeat this on alternating sides until you are left with 2 strips of dough (see photos for reference).
  7. Tightly tuck the last two strips over, trying your best to seal the end (like the first bottom piece we folded over). Brush with almond milk.
  8. Carefully place onto a baking sheet.
  9. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden.
  10. Cool and top with icing of choice 🙂 I made a simple icing with vegan powdered sugar and water.

Notes

  • Use a sharp knife to ease the cutting so that you don’t have to press down hard and risk scratching your baking sheet.
  • Inspired by & adapted from Whole Foods & The Kitchen Mccabe.
  • If you would like this to be very sweet, mix maple syrup into the cream cheese before assembling 🙂
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Category: Dessert

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  1. Wendy says:

    Hey there!

    May I ask what kind of pizza dough you used?

    Thanks! (:

  2. Hate to say it, but I’ve never had a danish! This will probably be an AMAZING recipe to start off with! 🙂

  3. CB says:

    Do you think I could use croissant dough? All I have in my house right now, and I think I would love this tomorrow morning!! <3

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