Sunday, December 20, 2015

Rapunzel Braid Biscuits

In our house, it's ALL about Disney Princesses. Anna and Elsa are the favorites, of course, but Rapunzel, Tiana, Belle, Merida, Sofia and though she's not a princess, Doc McStuffins are all close seconds.

Whenever I come across cookbooks that I'm interested in, I do two things - add them to my Amazon 'Cookbooks' Wishlist and borrow them from the library to see if they're as interesting as I'd hoped or worth buying.

Earlier this year I came across some Disney Cookbooks, they obviously went on my wishlist.
So when the princess craze started, I checked to see if the library had them, and when they did, I signed them out right away. For the girls, of course...

Since Lauren loves Rapunzel (and ham and cheese), I figured that she would be all over helping me make these Ham and Cheese Biscuit Braids from The Disney Princess Cookbook. I even renamed them Rapunzel Braids just for her. But, she was in one of her little moods and decided that she needed to watch me instead of helping me. 

Then of course when I was done, she decided that she wanted to help.

Ham and Cheese Biscuit Braids: 
(From The Disney Princess Cookbook)
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
5 tbsp cold butter, cut into several pieces
1/2 cup diced ham
1/2 cup shredded cheese
1 cup milk

Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Stir together flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
Use your fingertips to pinch the butter into the flour mixture until the bits are the size of peas. 
Stir in ham and cheese.
Add milk and work the mixture with your hands until it starts to look like dough.
Sprinkle some flour on a cutting board or counter and place the dough on top. Sprinkle a little more flour on the dough to keep it from sticking. I also floured my rolling pin. 
With your rolling pin, flatten the dough into a 12 inch square. The dough should be between a 1/4 and a 1/2 an inch thick.
Slice the squares into quarters, and then slice each quarter into 12 strips, each about 6 inches long.
Braid the dough like you would braid hair - gather 3 strips and pinch them together at the top. Take the right section and cross it over the centre section so they switch places. Then, take the left section and cross it over the centre section. Keep going until the whole strip is braided.
Pinch the strands together at the bottom.
Repeat until all the strips are braided.
Place each braid on a cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.
*They don't really turn as golden brown as you'd expect, so check the bottom after about 10 minutes.  

Overall these were super fast and easy to make. A bonus when baking with kids, or baking while kids are eating their lunch and watching you.

In the end, the girls didn't like them. I baked them for too long. I was waiting for the tops to turn golden brown, which of course resulted in them being kind of dry. They weren't that bad, just a little too dry for the girls liking. Lauren so badly wanted to like them. She tried two or three times, but couldn't do it.

Thinking about it now, they would've been good at breakfast dipped in soft/medium poached eggs!
Or at lunch with a bowl of delicious homemade tomato soup!

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  1. Its a good thing that some disney books have cooking activities for kids and few easy recipes which they can make themselves. It will enhance their abilities.

  2. if you brush the tops with egg they will brown