Some mornings are for granola bars and some mornings are for THIS.
Welcome to the billionth way to twist up dough and call it breakfast. But unlike all the others, this melt-in-your-mouth raspberry danish twist bread combines flaky and crispy, fluffy and soft, buttery and fruity. A generous drizzle of creamy vanilla icing seeps into every delicious pocket. Sliced warm and served cake-style, this twist will impress everyone who’s lucky enough to steal a taste.
If we’re not eating healthy breakfasts with the intention of indulging every now and then, what are we really doing?
This raspberry danish twist bread is texture paradise channeling the flakiness of breakfast danishes but with half the work. How’s it possible? The secret’s in the way we twist the dough. And even though that hypnotizing twist looks complicated to replicate, I swear it COULD NOT BE EASIER. And today I’m showing you how!
BEHIND THE RECIPE
The dough is a scaled down version of my favorite cinnamon rolls and my Nutella babka. You’ll use the same 7 ingredients that most rich dough requires. Let’s talk about that for a second because when I learned the difference between “rich dough” and “lean dough,” I had a better understanding of bread baking in general.
Rich dough includes fat like eggs, milk, and butter. This guarantees a soft and supple dough, one that promises indulgent cinnamon rolls and breakfast pastries. Lean dough is low in fat and sugar and produces crusty breads and pizza dough. There’s hardly any fat, so it’s not as soft. Does that make sense?
Regardless if it’s rich or lean, behind every great dough is a great yeast– the workhorse behind this whole recipe. You were all so excited about the everything bagel pull apart bread I posted last week that I couldn’t wait to share another recipe made with Red Star Yeast. (We’re actually using the same exact dough ingredients… just in different amounts!)
Like usual, I use Red Star Platinum Superior Baking Yeast. Platinum is an instant yeast that builds a stronger, taller, more voluminous dough. If you don’t have Platinum, Red Star Active Dry or Quick Rise Yeast works too! If using active-dry, your dough may take a little longer to rise.
Our danish twist bread requires 2 rises:
- 1st rise after the dough is made – 90 minutes
- 2nd rise after the dough is shaped/twisted – 45 minutes
After the 1st rise, punch the dough down to release the air. At this point you can freeze the dough and save for a raspberry danish twist bread sort of morning. Or you can shape into a rectangle, spread a thin layer of raspberry jam on top, roll it up cinnamon roll-style, then slice in half, twist, and coil into a circle. Remember babka? Similar to that.
It seems a lot more complicated than it actually is, so watch me do it:
The trick is to use a thin layer of jam. The more jam, the bigger mess you’ll need to clean up. I forgot to do it in the video, but for added raspberry goodness– dot a few fresh raspberries on top of the jam.
After the 2nd rise, it’ll be big, beautiful, and ready to bake. Sneak more raspberries in there if you can! (Oh my gosh you know what would be so good? And I’m sort of kicking myself for not doing it yet? PEACH DANISH TWIST BREAD! Picture this: peach jam, some juicy sliced peaches, topped with brown butter icing… please someone make it and report back.)
We’re baking the raspberry danish twist bread in a springform pan; its high sides confine the twist so it rises straight up instead of straight out. A cast iron skillet with tall sides could work too. We want to make sure the twist maintains its coiled shape!
I live for those pockets of raspberry between the flakes of buttery dough. Raspberry danish twist bread: beating every other breakfast by a landslide. Granola bars who??
PS: you should try my raspberry danish braid next!!
Raspberry Danish Twist Bread
- 2 and 1/4 teaspoons Red Star® Platinum yeast* (1 standard packet)
- 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup (180g) whole milk
- 1/4 cup (4 Tablespoons; 60g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 2 large eggs
- 3 and 1/2 cups (430g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled), plus more as needed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup (240g) raspberry preserves/jam
- optional: 1/2 cup (80g) fresh or frozen raspberries
- 1 cup (120g) confectioners' sugar
- 3 Tablespoons (45ml) heavy cream (or half-and-half or milk)
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Make the dough: Place the yeast and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook or paddle attachment. Or, if you do not own a stand mixer, a regular large mixing bowl. Heat the milk on the stove or in the microwave until warm to touch, about 110°F (43°C). Pour warm milk on top of yeast/sugar. Whisk gently to combine, then loosely cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes. The mixture will be frothy after 5-10 minutes.
- If you do not have a mixer, you can mix by hand in this step. Add the butter, egg, flour, and salt. Beat on low speed for 4 minutes. Dough will be soft. Transfer it to a lightly floured work surface. Using lightly floured hands, knead it for 1 minute. If the dough is too sticky to handle, add 1-3 more Tablespoons of flour, but you want a very soft dough. Shape into a ball.
- Place the dough in a greased bowl (I use nonstick spray to grease) and cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Place in a slightly warm environment to rise until doubled in size, about 90 minutes. For this warm spot, I suggest using the oven. Preheat to 200°F (93°C), then turn the oven off after preheating. Place the covered bowl inside and shut the oven door. This is your warm environment.
- Grease a 9-inch springform pan. Turn the risen dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, punch it down to release the air.
- Shape the twist: Watch the video above before continuing with this step. The visual guide will help! Using a rolling pin, roll into a 12x16 inch rectangle. Spread jam evenly on top. If desired, dot randomly with raspberries. Tightly roll up the dough to form a 16-inch long log. Place the log on its seam. Using a sharp knife, cut the log in half lengthwise. I find a serrated knife works best. Criss-cross one half on top of the other half-- forming an X. Twist the two together then coil into a circle. Carefully transfer to prepared springform pan. (I carefully pick it up using two flat spatulas!) Cover the twist with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then allow to rise once again in a slightly warm environment until puffy, about 45 minutes.
- Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position then preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).
- Bake until golden brown, about 40-45 minutes. If you find the top is browning too quickly, tent with aluminum foil. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, make the vanilla icing by whisking the icing ingredients together until smooth.
- Carefully remove the rim of the springform pan. Drizzle with vanilla icing. Slice and serve. Cover and store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Make ahead tip: You can freeze the baked and cooled twist bread for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature or overnight in the refrigerator and warm in the oven to your liking, then top with icing. The dough can be prepared through step 3, then after it has risen, punch it down to release the air, cover tightly, then place in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Continue with step 5. To freeze the dough, prepare it through step 3. After it has risen, punch it down to release the air. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in a freezer-friendly container for up to 3 months. When ready to use, thaw the dough overnight in the refrigerator. Then let the dough sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before continuing with step 5. (You may need to punch it down again if it has some air bubbles.)
- I always use Red Star Platinum yeast, an instant yeast. If you don’t have Platinum, Red Star Active Dry or Quick Rise Yeast works too! If using active-dry, your dough may take a little longer to rise.
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