Orange Bowknots

Dating from a recipe that appeared in the 1940s, this sweet citrusy bread dough recipe is tied in tender pretzel-shape rolls. Drizzle glaze from a spoon or squeeze from a bag with a hole snipped in the corner. Serve the rolls for brunch or breakfast.

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Orange Bowknots

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  • Makes: 24 rolls
  • Prep: 45 mins
  • Rise: 1 hr 30 mins
  • Bake: 12 mins 400°F

Orange Bowknots

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together 2 cups of the flour and the yeast. In a medium saucepan, heat and stir milk, butter, sugar, and salt just until warm (120 degrees F to 130 degrees F) and butter is almost melted.
  2. Add milk mixture to flour mixture; add eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed for 30 seconds, scraping side of bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the orange peel, orange juice, and as much of the remaining flour as you can.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough that is smooth and elastic (3 to 5 minutes total). Shape into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl; turn once. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double (about 1 hour).
  4. Punch dough down. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide in half. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Roll each dough portion into a 12 x 7-inch rectangle. Cut each rectangle into twelve 7-inch-long strips. Tie each strip loosely into a knot. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets; arrange knots 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Cover and let rise in warm place until nearly double in size (about 30 minutes).
  6. Bake in a 375 degree F oven about 12 minutes or until golden. Remove from baking sheets; cool on wire racks. Drizzle with Orange Glaze. Makes 24 rolls.

Orange Glaze

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, stir together powdered sugar and finely shredded orange peel. Stir in enough orange juice to make a glaze of drizzling consistency.
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Nutrition Facts (Orange Bowknots)

  • Per serving:
  • 177 kcal ,
  • 5 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat ,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 1 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 30 mg chol. ,
  • 102 mg sodium ,
  • 29 g carb. ,
  • 1 g fiber ,
  • 8 g sugar ,
  • 4 g pro.
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20 Ratings
237 Days Ago
5.0
My mother made these every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is an awesome recipe and everyone would always rave. They freeze and reheat well too. She would make 2 recipes because they would always be gone after our family meals. Gosh they bring back great memories!!!
564 Days Ago
My mother-in-law is practically famous for making these rolls at thanksgiving and Christmas. They have become a tradition in my home now as well.They are truly the best. I make them with butter, and she makes them with shortening. I have even made them vegan by using almond milk, coconut oil, and applesauce instead of real milk, butter and eggs, and even then they turned out soft and flavourful. It's an excellent recipe.

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