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.
Easy Breakfast Crescent Braid
1 roll Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations
(I used 3 eggs + 1 egg white + 1 1/2 T milk + salt and pepper)
4-5 strips bacon (sausage would be great too)
1/2 C grated cheese , or more…
optional: Hot sauce
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)
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, as pictured below. Top with bacon, cheese, and a couple shots of hot sauce if you want.
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!
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.
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