This recipe has been around forever. Well, as long as I've known that storebought frozen dinner rolls have existed. These orange bowknots have a crunchy, sugary/orange zest exterior.
I am discovering that my soft dinner roll recipe is a great substitute for any of the frozen dinner roll recipes. In fact, I think this recipe is better than the frozen rolls. Once you learn how to make these rolls, you will find endless recipes for them. (See bottom of post for additional recipes)
Making these orange bowknots are a two step dipping process that is quite messy, but produces a wonderful, crunchy orange crust.
The rolls are shaped and dipped into melted butter.
Then they are dipped into a mixture of grated orange zest and granulated sugar.
Once baked, some of the sugary mixture stays on the roll, some puddles onto the baking sheet. I take the excess sugar mixture, crumble it up, and use it again on my next tray of rolls.
When I made the orange glaze to top the rolls, I used LorAnn's Natural Orange Bakery emulsion in place of the vanilla extract....
I have another orange roll recipe that uses fresh orange juice in the dough, along with freshly grated orange zest. These rolls, like the bowknots pictured above, are drizzles with a fresh orange juice/powdered sugar glaze.
Both of these orange roll recipes are great; it depends on the texture that you want. Do you want a crunchy exterior, or do you want to bite into a soft, melt-in-your mouth orange roll?
1 dinner roll recipe (24 rolls)
1 medium orange rind, grated
½ c. granulated sugar
¼ c. butter, melted
1 c. powdered sugar
1 T. butter, melted
3 T. orange juice½ t. vanilla extract (or use 1/2 t. LorAnn's Orange Bakery Emulsion)
Make dinner roll recipe as directed and let it rise till double in bowl. In a small bowl, mix orange rind with granulated sugar. In a separate bowl, melt the butter.
Roll each dinner roll into a 9” rope on a lightly greased work surface. Tie into a loose knot. Dip each roll into melted butter, and then into the sugar/rind mixture.
Place coated rolls onto lightly greased baking sheet. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and let rolls rise till double in size.
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