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This Harvest Breakfast Braid is the perfect way to start your day! Filled with cheese, pecans, cranberries and apples, this giant pastry has all your favorite breakfast flavors.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.

Harvest Breakfast Braid

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.

  • Perfect for a fancy breakfast, like on Christmas morning.
  • Beautiful and impressive dish to serve company or take to a party.
  • 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.

How to Make This Beautiful Breakfast Braid

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.

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…

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.

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!!

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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Harvest Breakfast Braid

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Harvest Breakfast Braid is the perfect way to start your day! Filled with cheese, pecans, cranberries and apples, this giant pastry has all your favorite breakfast flavors.

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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

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42 Responses
  1. Tract

    Hello! I know this recipe has been posted for a while, but I just found it :) I am planning to make this for a Christmas brunch. Did the bottom crust get crispy? It seems a lot of liquid would cook out of the apple and make it soggy. Perhaps it escapes out the top as steam??

  2. Victoria

    I just made your Harvest Breakfast Braid.  It’s in the refrigerator to bake in the morning and bring to work. I’m sure they will love it. What’s not to love?  It looks beautiful!  Thanks for sharing. 

  3. Lisa

    I love this recipe! I like to do it with Brie and I also use peach preserves instead of orange marmalade. So good and impressive looking! 

  4. Carrie

    I made this this morning for a work breakfast, I made 3 of them but should have done 4! It was a hit! I prepared it the night before and baked it once i got to work. At the store I opted for provolone cheese because they didn’t have any Havarti. I also used candied spicy and sweet pecans because that’s what I had in my cupboard :)
    My only cons were that the parchment paper started to burn pretty badly, i’m assuming it was because of the marmalade melting out and puddling up. Maybe I used too much on the bottom. So I had to try to pull off the parchment paper off each one :) But even with that slight problem I will be making this again! My work said they would like to pay me to make this once a week for everyone! So they loved it, and I work with a bunch of people who are huge fitness fanatics who eat very healthy on a normal basis! That being said do you have an idea on what the nutritional value would be?

  5. Fka

    Can ground beef be substituted for the sausage? If so, would you recommend seasoning it (with just salt and pepper, or anything in particular)?

  6. Janis

    Can I use home made pizza dough in place of the Pillbury? We prefer homemade to store bought items….healthier for the kids…

    Thanks..

    J

  7. Lori

    I noticed a typo in your instructions… #4. should read “Spead the remaining 1/3 cup (not 1/2 cup) marmalade over the top and sides of the partially baked braid.”
    Can’t wait to try!

  8. Anne

    I made it this morning for New Year’s Day. It is fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe Amanda. It will be added to my special breakfast/brunch list.

  9. Linda

    I made this for a brunch potluck. It was sooo good! It also looked beautiful on the buffet line. I didn’t use nuts since I wasn’t sure about allergens in all the people. I used half golden raisins since I didn’t have enough craisins. Our marmalade from Trader Joes was not a hit on toast (too bitter)but worked wonderfully in this, got all caramelized and good. I thought the combo looked a bit odd when I saw the recipe but I am really glad I made this.
    Thanks for the great recipe, I have liked all I have tried from here and that doesn’t happen very often!

  10. Jacquie

    I made this for Christmas morning breakfast and it was a HUGE hit! I made it the night before and baked it in the morning plus I used red pepper jelly instead of marmalade. I will definitely make this again.

  11. Ann marie

    This looks soo divine can’t wait to make it. Does the pizza dough u use rise and puffs up? Coz usually it does! How does it stay so pretty laced?

  12. Erica

    This looks amazing but time consuming to make on Christmas morning. Any suggestions on how to make it ahead, freeze it and them baking in that morning?
    Do you think we could assemble it, and then freeze it? Would you take it out the night before to thaw in the fridge or just put it from freezer to oven? That would change the baking time right?
    Or is it better to partially bake it (15 minutes) and then freeze it?

    1. Amanda

      Hi Erica! I’ve never frozen it or even made it the night before, but if you try it let us know how it turns out. :) Good luck! :)

    2. Jacquie

      I made this up CHRISTMAS EVE then popped it in the oven when we started to open presents and it was fantastic! Definitely yes you can make up the night ahead.

  13. Lori

    OMGoodness Kevin&Amanda!!!! This is beyond words…but here I am babbling anyway, go figure. This is DEFINITELY on my Christmas morning hit list…however, not sure I can wait that long. On my way to Wal-mart for the turkey scrumbles!!

  14. Lori

    Oh. My. Stars! I made this Saturday morning for breakfast since we had company for the weekend. I should have made two!! Definitely a keeper!

  15. Mary

    This looks great! I am a vegetarian so will leave out the meat (or add a meat substitute). Not a orange marmalade fan though. What do you think would be a good jam or preserves substitute? Thanks!

  16. Deirdre Reid @ Grabbing the Gusto

    I’m thinking this could be a great dish to bring to my cousin’s on Christmas Day. Festive looking too!

  17. Anele @ Success Along the Weigh

    Good gravy this looks awesome! I just suggested a brunch get together with a friend for the holidays, I know what I’m making! :-)

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