Easy Breakfast Crescent Braid

Recently Kate and I had the opportunity to test out several new products from Pillsbury (you know we didn’t hesitate to say yes to that offer!) One of the products is the new Crescent Recipe Creations. (Check out that link for tons of great recipes) Basically, it’s their well-known crescent dough, but without perforations. It’s just one big sheet. For years I’ve thought they should sell it in a sheet and wa-lah! Such a great product. It’s pretty much a blank canvas for anything you can dream up. It took me a long time to even use it because I couldn’t decide what to make!

It wasn’t until recently, when I need a yummy “special” breakfast for a morning event that I had the idea to make this braided pastry. (I won’t lie. I have a slight obsession with breakfast sandwiches so it didn’t take much for me to imagine this one up.) It looks fancy, but is SO easy, and with the crescent sheet, it comes together in minutes.

I’m going to show you step by step how to create the same thing, but it’s a method you can easily personalize in so many ways. I do this a lot with breads and I thought this crescent sheet would be perfect for it too. You’ll create a gorgeous filled braid that people will think you spent hours on! It’s seriously so easy- have I mentioned that? You could make a sweet braid filled with apple pie filling, or try a sweetened cream cheese with some fruit jam and put a glaze on top. Pizza fillings would be awesome too, or plain cheese and then dipped in marinara. I could go on and on… Just watch.

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Yummy and easy breakfast braid to feed a crowd!

Easy Breakfast Crescent Braid


Description

A yummy and easy breakfast braid, great to feed a crowd on a busy morning!


Ingredients

  • 1 roll Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations
  • scrambled eggs
  • (I used 3 eggs + 1 egg white + 1 1/2 T milk + salt and pepper)
  • 45 strips bacon (sausage would be great too)
  • 1/2 C grated cheese , or more…
  • optional: hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Scramble eggs in a skillet. Since this will cook again in the oven, under cook your eggs. You want them to be cooked enough to hold together, but leave them a bit wet. Cook bacon strips and set aside. (I bake my bacon in the oven. Just lay flat on a foil lined cookie sheet and bake at 400 for about 12 minutes or until crisp)
  2. Next, use a rolling pin and a lightly floured work surface to roll out the crescent dough to about 10 in x 12 in. Lay the eggs down the center of the rectangle, leaving room on both sides and the 2 ends. Top with bacon, cheese, and a couple shots of hot sauce if you want.
  3. Use a pizza cutter to slice even slits on the sides of your rectangle. Fold over both ends.
  4. Now starting on one end, bring the side pieces in and overlap them. You’ll want to alternate- one from the right, then one from the left and so on and so on. Keep doing it until you get all the way to the end. When you get to the end, just tuck where you can to make it pretty!
  5. Bake according to package instructions. I believe it’s 375 for about 15-20 minutes (but who knows, I threw away my package!) It might take a little longer than the package directs because of the way it’s braided. When it’s done, it should be golden brown on top. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes.
  6. Slice on a slight diagonal and eat immediately!

Notes

Great Tip

  • If you want it shiny on top, give it a quick egg wash before you bake.

Other Notes

  • One great thing about this is that it holds together really well. I thought when I cut it the filling might fall out, but the filling baked into the dough and it all stayed in there perfectly. So it’s great finger food for a mess-free breakfast/brunch buffet and great for little fingers. My toddler loved this- and so did his parents! Also, I didn’t try it, but I’m thinking you could easily make something like this the night before and just wrap it with plastic wrap so it’s all ready to just pop in the oven when you wake up.

 

Use a pizza cutter to slice even slits on the sides of your rectangle:

Fold over both ends:

Now starting on one end, bring the side pieces in and overlap them. You’ll want to alternate- one from the right, then one from the left and so on and so on. Does that make sense?

Keep doing it until you get all the way to the end.
When you get to the end, just tuck where you can to make it pretty!
Then you’ll have this pretty little papoose. Yes I just called it a papoose. Isn’t it fancy?

Bake according to package instructions. I believe it’s 375 for about 15-20 minutes (but who knows, I threw away my package!) It might take a little longer than the package directs because of the way it’s braided. And actually, if you want it shiny on top, give it a quick egg wash before you bake. When it’s done, it should be golden brown on top. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes. Slice on a slight diagonal and eat immediately!


One great thing about this is that it holds together really well. I thought when I cut it the filling might fall out, but the filling baked into the dough and it all stayed in there perfectly. So it’s great finger food for a mess-free breakfast/brunch buffet and great for little fingers. My toddler loved this- and so did his parents! Also, I didn’t try it, but I’m thinking you could easily make something like this the night before and just wrap it with plastic wrap so it’s all ready to just pop in the oven when you wake up.

So next time you’re at the store, grab a tube of this crescent dough. It’s a great thing to have on hand for quick and easy meals and it gets 2 thumbs up from the Best Biters!
Are you already thinking of something else to stuff into that braid?
Let me hear it!

41 comments

  1. I have made something similar called “Brunch Bread”. You mix softened (not melted) butter with a ranch dip packet and spread it around on the dough. Then add bacon, cheese, ham, turkey, whatever your fancy. Wrap it up like you did and then add more of the butter and ranch mixture to the top. It is SO good! I’ll have to try it breakfast style!

  2. the pre-made dough sheets look revolutionary! i make this braid with homemade dough and fill it with blueberry or cherry pie filling, and drizzle a glaze and slivered almonds over the top. its a cute holiday gift, but it ends up being a bit time consuming. this looks yum and quick and easy!
    you had me at breakfast sandwich.

  3. Or that filling made with almond paste from that ‘cookie’ recipe you make with puff pastry. The possibilities are ENDLESS!!!

  4. Ooh I second Eric’s idea- but add cream cheese frosting! I am also imagining something involving cinnamon and honey butter…

    My other idea is to fill it with the ingredients from our overnight sticky rolls caramel sauce.

    Ooh or cranberries and orange zest with a sugary glaze.

    Ok, I’m gonna go buy some now…

  5. Well, doesn’t that just make the cheerios with bananas that I just ate look rather…wanting?! But, I bet YOUR breakfast doesn’t lower your cholesterol (or whatever it is Cheerios claims to lower).

  6. That braid comes together nicely. I admit I had my doubts at the beginning of the post when you said it was easy, but that really does look easy.

  7. Stuff it with:
    Lunch meat
    Bear Claw filling
    Pie Fillings
    Cheese
    Pizza fixings
    Chocolate
    Cream Cheese
    Veggies N Cheese

    I am a little hungry and wish I had this dough in the fridge right now!

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