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.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Rise Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Bake Time:
12 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
24 rolls


  • 6 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 package active dry yeast

  • 1 ¼ cup milk

  • ½ cup butter, margarine, or shortening

  • cup sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 tablespoon finely shredded orange peel

  • ¼ cup orange juice

  • 1 recipe Orange Icing

Orange Glaze

  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel

  • 1 tablespoon orange juice


  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

  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.

    Orange Bowknots

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

177 Calories
5g Fat
29g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 177
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 102mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 2.4mg 12%
Calcium 20.2mg 2%
Iron 1.4mg 8%
Potassium 69mg 1%
Folate, total 16.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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