Vintage 70s Orange Coffee Braid with Marzipan Holiday Recipe

It might seem a bit odd to post a vintage 1970s Christmas recipe in July but this is in response to a reader’s request. She wanted to know if I had the recipe for a braided orange bread that was in “one of the winter issues of Seventeen magazine in the 70s”, that she had been searching for forever. As luck would have it, I went to my huge stack of Seventeen magazines and the December 1973 issue was on top. This issue had THE recipe! So here is the recipe in all its glory, and it certainly does look delicious!

Orange Coffee Braid

Why not make it in summertime…or anytime of year. Enjoy! 🙂


18 Responses to “Vintage 70s Orange Coffee Braid with Marzipan Holiday Recipe”

  1. Sherri

    Marilyn, you are a wonderful blogger! You love vintage fashion and you are kind and thoughtful to share this. Thank you so much!!

  2. finnfemme

    Happy to help, Sherri! Perhaps I should start posting more Seventeen recipes, as I’ve pretty much exhausted the fashion content and ads (Yardley of London, et al) from my Seventeen stash. 🙂

  3. Tobi Tanzer

    THANK YOU BOTH SO MUCH. Such a happy memory – I’m glad I’ll be able to recreate it with my mom!

  4. Denise Gore

    I finished the leopard gloves but where do I send a pic? The links to FB and email are broken.

  5. Michelle W

    Definitely post those Seventeen Magazine recipes! Lucky you that you have them! Can’t find the one I’m searching for. It was a Now Your Cooking Recipe from the late 70’s or 80’s. It was a spicy Mexican casserole-no meat. Ingredients contained corn tortillas, can tomatoes, beans, green chilies, cottage/ricotta cheese. You fried up the tortillas, stuffed the mix in, and baked a bit.

  6. Katie

    So glad to see this! I have been making this bread every year since I was 15! I lost the magazine copy decades ago, thank you for sharing!

  7. Terry

    Was it me? I just mentioned this, that I made for a teacher in high school. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! If I’m not the one who asked then this is one of those cosmic things.

  8. finnfemme

    Hi Terry! I think it was Sherri (a commenter above) that requested the recipe. But I am not one to rule out cosmic forces. Enjoy!

  9. Judy

    OMG! I am so happy and grateful! I used to make this orange bread for my kids for Christmas every year when they were younger; well, now my oldest is 40 and I haven’t made this in years. I went through a terrible divorce and have lived with a family member after losing everything and now 5 years later I am finally in my own place and so wanted to make this but was missing one of the index cards someone wrote it on. Thank you so much!! Merry Christmas!

  10. finnfemme

    Hi Judy!
    So glad you will be able to make this bread again; sounds like it was a great tradition for many. Merry Christmas!


  11. Christy

    I remember my aunt visiting us from CA at Christmas when I was a child and she made this bread. I wanted the recipe and have had it in my 10 year old handwriting for 40 years. Thank you so much for posting this!!! I printed it out for my daughter and neice.

  12. Nick


    Do you know what year this was in seventeen? My mother has made it every year since it was debuted in the magazine and was curious. Your blog post made her day!

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