Hi it’s Beth again. This week I’m busy planning my Thanksgiving sides and appetizers, and of course thinking about Black Friday. My sister loves it, and on more than one occasion I’ve been dragged to the mall before 6 a.m. for some magical $10 appliance or sweater deal. In case she corners me this year, I’m going to be ready with make-ahead Cherry-Almond Danish and Cinnamon Coffee. I decided to try these recipes ahead of time, so if she asks me to go with her on Thursday I’ll be ready to whip them up that night. I mean if I have to wait in line with the masses, I might as well be well-fed and caffeinated.
I started by prepping my danish the night before. I had never tackled a danish before, but this one seemed pretty straightforward. I always get nervous when anything involves yeast, but I followed all of the timings and my dough turned out great. Even the cute braided bread effect was a lot easier than it looked!
I love any breakfast bread that makes a lot and turns out looking bakery-worthy. This recipe is great because you can make it ahead of time. The recipe tip suggests baking it and then freezing it for up to a month. I made the whole thing the night before, and then refrigerated it overnight and baked it for 30 minutes in the morning.
Since I know from experience that I don’t want to brave coffee shop lines during Black Friday, I figured I should practice whipping up a tasty last-minute latte, too. So I paired my awesome danish with Cinnamon Coffee. It starts with regular brewed coffee and then you just add in some half-and-half, cinnamon, and whipped cream. The cinnamon sticks made the whole thing seem fun and fancy. And sometimes breakfast needs a little fun and fancy.
So now regardless if my sister manages to convince me that we must wait in a long line to score 70% off at a department store, I will be content and happy to be dragged along with my Cherry-Almond Danish and Cinnamon Coffee to-go. If she takes this year off, then the rest of the family will benefit anyway with a delicious breakfast bread and drink that are perfect for a holiday breakfast. It’s a Black Friday win-win.