November 24, 2014

Harvest Breakfast Braid

This beautiful Harvest Breakfast Braid is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner! Layers of sausage, apple, and havarti cheese make for the perfect sweet and salty combo. It's all topped with cranberries and pecans in a sweet orange marmalade glaze.

Last year I went to the Pillsbury Bake-off in Las Vegas. I wasn’t a contestant or a judge or anything — I just got to watch! :) We got to walk around the Bake-off during the contest and taste-test all the entries. Talk about a dream come true!! All the recipes there have already gone through multiple rounds of testing and judging before making it to the final Bake-off, so you know they’re ALL incredible. But this harvest breakfast braid was one of my absolute favorite things I had all day.  It would’ve totally gotten my vote for the million-dollar prize! I’ve made it several times since then and everyone always RAVES over it.

  • It’s perfect for a fancy breakfast, like on Christmas morning.
  • It’s a beautiful and impressive dish to serve company or take to a party.
  • It’s quick, easy, and family-friendly enough to make for a fun and delicious weeknight dinner.

This beautiful Harvest Breakfast Braid is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner! Layers of sausage, apple, and havarti cheese make for the perfect sweet and salty combo. It's all topped with cranberries and pecans in a sweet orange marmalade glaze.

Here’s all you need: pizza dough, sausage, havarti cheese, pecans, dried cranberries, orange marmalade, and shoot, I just realize I forgot to put my granny smith apple in this picture!

This beautiful Harvest Breakfast Braid is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner! Layers of sausage, apple, and havarti cheese make for the perfect sweet and salty combo. It's all topped with cranberries and pecans in a sweet orange marmalade glaze.

Line a 15×10-inch baking pan with parchment paper and unroll the pizza dough in the pan.

This beautiful Harvest Breakfast Braid is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner! Layers of sausage, apple, and havarti cheese make for the perfect sweet and salty combo. It's all topped with cranberries and pecans in a sweet orange marmalade glaze.

Press the dough almost to the edges of the pan.

This beautiful Harvest Breakfast Braid is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner! Layers of sausage, apple, and havarti cheese make for the perfect sweet and salty combo. It's all topped with cranberries and pecans in a sweet orange marmalade glaze.

Now spread 1/3 cup of orange marmalade down center of dough.

This beautiful Harvest Breakfast Braid is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner! Layers of sausage, apple, and havarti cheese make for the perfect sweet and salty combo. It's all topped with cranberries and pecans in a sweet orange marmalade glaze.

Top with apple slices…

This beautiful Harvest Breakfast Braid is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner! Layers of sausage, apple, and havarti cheese make for the perfect sweet and salty combo. It's all topped with cranberries and pecans in a sweet orange marmalade glaze.

Half of the cheese… (I used havarti, but you could also use brie or swiss.)

This beautiful Harvest Breakfast Braid is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner! Layers of sausage, apple, and havarti cheese make for the perfect sweet and salty combo. It's all topped with cranberries and pecans in a sweet orange marmalade glaze.

Cooked sausage crumbles… (I like using the Jimmy Dean pre-cooked Turkey Sausage crumbles because it’s easier, tastes just as good, and 60% less fat.)

This beautiful Harvest Breakfast Braid is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner! Layers of sausage, apple, and havarti cheese make for the perfect sweet and salty combo. It's all topped with cranberries and pecans in a sweet orange marmalade glaze.

Top with the remaining cheese…

This beautiful Harvest Breakfast Braid is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner! Layers of sausage, apple, and havarti cheese make for the perfect sweet and salty combo. It's all topped with cranberries and pecans in a sweet orange marmalade glaze.

And finally, half of the pecans and cranberries.

This beautiful Harvest Breakfast Braid is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner! Layers of sausage, apple, and havarti cheese make for the perfect sweet and salty combo. It's all topped with cranberries and pecans in a sweet orange marmalade glaze.

Next cut the dough into 1-inch strips along the sides.

This beautiful Harvest Breakfast Braid is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner! Layers of sausage, apple, and havarti cheese make for the perfect sweet and salty combo. It's all topped with cranberries and pecans in a sweet orange marmalade glaze.

Fold strips diagonally over filling, alternating from side to side, stretching the dough as needed.

This beautiful Harvest Breakfast Braid is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner! Layers of sausage, apple, and havarti cheese make for the perfect sweet and salty combo. It's all topped with cranberries and pecans in a sweet orange marmalade glaze.

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This beautiful Harvest Breakfast Braid is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner! Layers of sausage, apple, and havarti cheese make for the perfect sweet and salty combo. It's all topped with cranberries and pecans in a sweet orange marmalade glaze.

Bake this at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes.

This beautiful Harvest Breakfast Braid is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner! Layers of sausage, apple, and havarti cheese make for the perfect sweet and salty combo. It's all topped with cranberries and pecans in a sweet orange marmalade glaze.

Take it out of the oven and spread the remaining 1/3 cup marmalade over the top and sides of the partially baked dough, then sprinkle with remaining cranberries and pecans. Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes longer until golden brown.

This beautiful Harvest Breakfast Braid is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner! Layers of sausage, apple, and havarti cheese make for the perfect sweet and salty combo. It's all topped with cranberries and pecans in a sweet orange marmalade glaze.

Delicious!! This is the perfect holiday meal. You could even make it the night before and pop it in the oven the next morning. Hope you enjoy!!

Harvest Breakfast Braid


1 can Pillsbury™ refrigerated Classic Pizza Crust
2/3 cup orange marmalade
1 small Granny Smith apple, cored, sliced 1/8-inch thick
6 slices Havarti cheese, cut in 1/4-inch slices
1 lb sausage, cooked and crumbled
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 15×10-inch baking pan with parchment paper.

2. Unroll dough in pan. Press dough almost to edges of pan. Spread 1/3 cup of marmalade down center of dough. Top with apple slices, half of the cheese, the sausage, the remaining cheese, half the pecans, and half the cranberries.

3. Make cuts 1 inch apart on long sides of dough to within 1/2 inch of filling. Fold strips of dough diagonally over filling, alternating from side to side, stretching dough as needed. Bake 15 minutes.

4. Spread the remaining 1/2 cup marmalade over the top and sides of the partially baked braid. Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes longer until golden brown. Serve warm.

Adapted from Pillsbury.com.

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Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pie with an Oreo Cookie Crust. Only 5 ingredients!! This is the perfect dessert for company, because you can make it the night before and it's still just as good the next day -- and you're not messing up the kitchen!

You guys. I cannot get over this pie. This is seriously one of the easiest, most impressive desserts ever. I mean, have mercy! Just look at it! It’s the perfect amount of decadence without being too rich or overpowering. And the best part is? There are only FIVE ingredients. It’s so easy to make!

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pie with an Oreo Cookie Crust. Only 5 ingredients!! This is the perfect dessert for company, because you can make it the night before and it's still just as good the next day -- and you're not messing up the kitchen!

There are three layers of decadent lusciousness here: The first is a bliss-inducing dark chocolate ganache, which tastes like the inside of an expensive French truffle. Second, a homemade, fool-proof salted caramel sauce you won’t have to worry about burning. And finally, an extra thick Oreo cookie crust. Because we all know the crust is the best part. Did I mention you only need 5 ingredients to make this? :)

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pie with an Oreo Cookie Crust. Only 5 ingredients!! This is the perfect dessert for company, because you can make it the night before and it's still just as good the next day -- and you're not messing up the kitchen!

One of my favorite things about this pie is that you can make it the night before, let it sit overnight in the fridge, and it’s still just as good the next day. This is a dessert that’s perfect for when you’re having company over or taking to someone’s house because you’re not busy in the kitchen all day or making a mess!

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pie with an Oreo Cookie Crust. Only 5 ingredients!! This is the perfect dessert for company, because you can make it the night before and it's still just as good the next day -- and you're not messing up the kitchen!

As promised, only 5 ingredients here! Chocolate chips, brown sugar, Oreos, butter, and heavy whipping cream. That’s all you need!

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pie with an Oreo Cookie Crust. Only 5 ingredients!! This is the perfect dessert for company, because you can make it the night before and it's still just as good the next day -- and you're not messing up the kitchen!

Finely crush an entire package of whole Oreos — minus the one that you eat, of course — in a food processor or blender. You can also do this in a ziploc bag with a rolling pin.

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pie with an Oreo Cookie Crust. Only 5 ingredients!! This is the perfect dessert for company, because you can make it the night before and it's still just as good the next day -- and you're not messing up the kitchen!

Mix the Oreos with one stick of melted butter until evenly combined.

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pie with an Oreo Cookie Crust. Only 5 ingredients!! This is the perfect dessert for company, because you can make it the night before and it's still just as good the next day -- and you're not messing up the kitchen!

Then pour into the bottom of a pie pan. I used this 10-inch by 2-inch deep dish tart pan from Amazon so I could show you guys this fabulous crust, (and so that first slice would be much easier to cut) but trust me when I say you could use any pie pan. It doesn’t have to be a fancy tart pan! :)

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pie with an Oreo Cookie Crust. Only 5 ingredients!! This is the perfect dessert for company, because you can make it the night before and it's still just as good the next day -- and you're not messing up the kitchen!

Press the crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of the pan. The crust is one of the best parts of this pie!! Pop that into the freezer to set up while you make the salted caramel sauce.

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pie with an Oreo Cookie Crust. Only 5 ingredients!! This is the perfect dessert for company, because you can make it the night before and it's still just as good the next day -- and you're not messing up the kitchen!

Melt the butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan, whisking constantly, until the mixture begins to boil.

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pie with an Oreo Cookie Crust. Only 5 ingredients!! This is the perfect dessert for company, because you can make it the night before and it's still just as good the next day -- and you're not messing up the kitchen!

Keep cooking, whisking constantly, for 1 minute, then remove from heat and slowly whisk in 1/4 cup of the whipping cream.

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pie with an Oreo Cookie Crust. Only 5 ingredients!! This is the perfect dessert for company, because you can make it the night before and it's still just as good the next day -- and you're not messing up the kitchen!

Cool caramel about 15 minutes, then pour into the bottom of the frozen pie crust. Return to freezer for about 30 minutes, or until caramel is just chilled and set. You don’t want it to get frozen.

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pie with an Oreo Cookie Crust. Only 5 ingredients!! This is the perfect dessert for company, because you can make it the night before and it's still just as good the next day -- and you're not messing up the kitchen!

Next, we’ll make our decadent dark chocolate ganache. Pour 1 bag of chocolate chips into a heat-proof bowl, then bring 1 cup of heavy whipping cream to a simmer on the stove. (Sorry for the lack of step-by-step pictures here.) Pour the cream over the chocolate and let sit for 5 minutes, then whisk until smooth and fully combined. Remove the pie from the freezer and pour the chocolate ganache over the caramel layer.

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pie with an Oreo Cookie Crust. Only 5 ingredients!! This is the perfect dessert for company, because you can make it the night before and it's still just as good the next day -- and you're not messing up the kitchen!

Smooth out the top with the back of a spoon or a spatula to evenly distribute to chocolate. Return to freezer for another 30 mins, just until the chocolate is set, or you can refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve.

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pie with an Oreo Cookie Crust. Only 5 ingredients!! This is the perfect dessert for company, because you can make it the night before and it's still just as good the next day -- and you're not messing up the kitchen!

This is the beauty of a tart pan. The bottom is removable, so the rim just pops right off, revealing this beautiful chocolate crust. When ready to serve, sprinkle with a flaky sea salt, like kosher salt or I like using this Fleur De Sel.

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pie with an Oreo Cookie Crust. Only 5 ingredients!! This is the perfect dessert for company, because you can make it the night before and it's still just as good the next day -- and you're not messing up the kitchen!

Chocolate crust. Gooey caramel. Decadent chocolate. Salty. Sweet. Ridiculous.

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pie with an Oreo Cookie Crust. Only 5 ingredients!! This is the perfect dessert for company, because you can make it the night before and it's still just as good the next day -- and you're not messing up the kitchen!

This would make a great last minute addition to your Thanksgiving table. Enjoy, friends!! :)

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Oreo Pie


Ingredients
1 package (about 36) whole Oreos
1 cup (16 tablespoons) butter, divided
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream, divided
1 (12 oz) bag dark chocolate chips


Directions
1. Finely crush the Oreos with a food processor or blender. Stir crumbs together with 8 tablespoons melted butter until well combined. Press into the bottom and sides of a pie pan. Freeze crust for 10 minutes until set.

2. Combine remaining 8 tablespoons butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture begins to bubble. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Slowly whisk in 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream until smooth. Cool caramel about 15 minutes. Pour the caramel over the Oreo crust, then return to freezer for 30 minutes until just chilled and set. (You don’t want the caramel to fully freeze.)

3. Place chocolate chips in a glass bowl. In a saucepan, bring 1 cup heavy whipping cream to a simmer over medium-high heat. Pour the cream over the chocolate chips and let sit for 5 minutes, then whisk until completely smooth. Pour the chocolate over the caramel and freeze for a final 30 minutes, until just chilled and set. OR refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve. Before serving, sprinkle the top with a flaky sea salt like kosher salt or Fleur De Sel.

Store covered in the refrigerator and serve chilled. Makes 8-12 servings.

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