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Raspberry Danish Twist Bread

Raspberry Danish Twist Bread

Forget everything you consider to be brunch goals because THIS is brunch goals! Today I’m showing you how to make a stunning raspberry Danish twist bread. We’re combining a simple rich dough with sweet raspberry jam and creamy vanilla icing.

Danish Twist Bread Video Tutorial

Raspberry Danish Twist Bread

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.

Raspberry Danish Twist Bread

Behind every great dough is a great yeast– the workhorse behind this whole recipe! 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!

Raspberry Danish Twist Bread
Raspberry Danish Twist Bread

The dough rises twice: first after it’s made then again after the twist is shaped. After the 2nd rise, it’ll be big, beautiful, and ready to bake.

Raspberry Danish Twist Bread

A generous drizzle of 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!

Raspberry Danish Twist Bread
Raspberry Danish Twist Bread

Raspberry Danish Twist Bread

Raspberry Danish Twist Bread
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.
Yield 1 (9-inch) round bread



  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Platinum Yeast
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (180g) whole milk
  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 1/2 cups (438g) all-purpose flour (plus more as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (240g) raspberry preserves or jam
  • 1/2 cup (80g) fresh or frozen raspberries (optional)

Vanilla Icing

  • 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, around 90 minutes.
  • 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: Using a rolling pin, roll into a 12×16-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.
  • Make the vanilla icing: Whisk 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 tips:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction.

Sally McKenney

Sally McKenney is a professional food photographer, cookbook author, and baker. She has written, photographed, and published more than 1,000 from-scratch recipes and written three cookbooks. Her thorough step-by-step tutorials give millions of followers the knowledge and confidence to bake from scratch.

Review & Comments

Joy Love | Reply

5 stars
I have made this twice and both times it was absolutely delicious! So what better dessert for Easter dinner?! Thank you for a fantastic recipe!

Ella | Reply

5 stars
So i made it with a homemade blueberry jam.
I have to admit that in time it felt like a murder scene ???? BUT once i managed to put it in the pan and it rise once more and then backed, it is AMAZING so thank you for the recipe.
I’ll make it againe in the future.
(wanted to add a pic from the scene but can’t find the option here)

Candy Sargent | Reply

5 stars
I love this recipe. I used my bread machine ‘on the dough setting’ to mix the dough. The dough was so easy to work with the twist was shown very informatively on the video link. I used bacon jam instead of raspberry jam. This was such a wonderful offering at a recent brunch no leftovers. This will be added to my favorite bread recipes.Thank you for offering this recipe.

EN | Reply

5 stars
I love this recipe—I’ve made it several times now. I think a thicker jam works better. I’ve made with strawberry jam and it’s quite good that way as well, definitely more yeasty in flavor than just sweet. Mine doesn’t always look as beautiful as the picture, but it always tastes good and is a crowd pleaser. Once you’ve done it once you’ll want to make it again!

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