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Orange Bow Knots

Rated as 4.67 out of 5 Stars

"Baking is my favorite pastime, and I normally have my freezer well-stocked with breads, muffins and cookies. This recipe for rolls with a refreshing orange flavor has been in the family as long as I can remember. We especially enjoy them for breakfast and brunch."
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40 m servings
Original recipe yields 24 servings


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  1. In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, shortening, sugar, orange juice and peel, salt, eggs and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/4 hours. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape each into 12 balls. Roll each into a 10-in. rope. Tie into a knot and tuck ends under. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake at 375 degrees F for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks. Combine icing ingredients; drizzle over rolls.


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I've loved this recipe for many years. It's fantastic! Pay attention to the liquid temperatures so you don't kill the yeast and you'll be delighted with the results. The dough can be stored o...

This is a very nice sweet roll that is light and has a wonderful citrus flavor. I wish I had made it with butter instead of the shortening for a richer flavor, and added a little extra sugar. ...

Very good! I substituted full-strength orange concentrate for orange juice in both the bread and icing recipes for a bit more orange flavour and was very pleased with the results.

I made these in the bread machine, so they were super easy to make. Very tasty, fluffy and light! I used butter for the shortening as well. Next time I will make more icing.

Lovely little rolls. The only thing I did differently was to use half butter, half shortening. I also doubled the icing (personal preference).

This was delicious! I was kind of concerned the dough would be a bit boring if you got a bite without the icing, but it's flavorful and really light and airy. Two thumbs up!

it's so good, we made that last night and we really enjoy it, thank you so much.

Excellent recipe!! The only thing I did different, is double the icing...but that's me, I always double the icing!

Lovely! I made the rolls as directed and then just put regular vanilla icing on top and wow wow its good stuff. My husband brought them to work and the plate was clean when it came back :). I ha...