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November 28, 2010

"Tangled" Orange Biscuit Braids

While surfing the web today, I came across an adorable and delicious recipe for Orange Biscuit Braids on  After just seeing Tangled last Thursday, I HAD to give these a try!

They are simple, yet creative enough to hold your little one's interest...but delicious enough for Mama to enjoy as well... And "Mama knows best!"

  The beautiful golden braid is a delicious, flaky pastry braid adorned with almond "flowers"...just like Rapunzel's braid in the village scene in Disney's newest motion picture film Tangled which opened last Wednesdays in theaters.

Recipe by Cindy Littlefield via

 You'll need:
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk, plus a little extra for brushing on the braids before baking
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • Dried fruits and slivered almonds (for garnish)
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Whisk
  • Wooden spoon
  • Cookie sheet
  • Pastry brush
  • Cooling rack

Orange Biscuit Braid
Photo Courtesy of Disney Family Website

1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Meanwhile, measure the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a mixing bowl, and whisk to combine the ingredients.
3. In another mixing bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, oil, and orange zest.
4. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the liquid mixture into it. Stir well.
5. Divide the dough into 10 equal pieces. Using floured hands, roll each piece into a 10-inch rope, fold it in half, and twist the dough a couple of times. For the best result, handle the dough only as much as necessary. Overworking it can make the biscuits less tender.
6. Arrange the biscuit braids on an ungreased cookie sheet and brush the tops with a little milk. Bake the braids for 10 to 12 minutes.
7. Transfer the baked braids to a cooling rack.
8. Garnish the cooled braids with edible flowers made with slivered almond petals and dried fruit centers.

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