Orange Knots

Fragrant, light and sweet…is it time for breakfast yet?

1 T. or pkg. yeast
¼ C. warm water
1 C. warm milk

1/3 C. sugar
1/3 C. butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs
¼ C. orange juice
2 T. grated fresh orange peel
5 ¼-5 ¾ C. flour

In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in the water. Add milk, sugar, butter/margarine, eggs, juice, and peel along with 3 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth, then add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Knead on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, then place in a greased bowl (turn the dough to grease the top). Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled (about 2 hours, using regular yeast).

Punch dough down; roll into a 16×10” rectangle and cut 10 strips on the 10” side.

Roll and tie each in a knot. Place on a sprayed baking sheet and tuck the ends under. Cover with a towel and let rise about 30 minutes. Bake at 400º for 10 minutes or until golden. Cool and drizzle with frosting.

Frosting: 1 C. powdered sugar, 2 T. orange juice, 1 tsp. grated fresh orange peel.

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