Every wintry morning requires something hot and fresh from the oven— like these iced breakfast rolls filled with cranberry and orange, and tied in little knots. I’m sharing this recipe in partnership with Gold Medal Flour’s Virtual Bake Day to celebrate scratch baking.
One of my favorite things is to bake with no agenda, on a pure whim, something I’m sad to say doesn’t happen as much as I’d like it to. Spontaneous Friday night chocolate chips cookies, or a loaf of bread to warm up a chilly winter day brings me so much happiness.
And it’s not all about the tasty treat that comes out of the oven (though that’s a big part, to be sure), it’s the whole journey of how it gets there that fills me with satisfaction. I love taking ingredients and working to turn them into something completely different. Baking amazes me that way.
These cranberry-orange breakfast knots start out so simply— just some flour, sugar, butter, eggs, milk and yeast. And yet, with time and effort, and the added help of seasonal flavors like cranberry and orange, they become something wonderful and delicious.
A fun change-up from cinnamon rolls or sticky buns, these are the exact breakfast rolls you should include in your holiday baking this season. It also is a great recipe to get the whole family in the kitchen. Kids will get a kick out of tying the dough in knots.
Cranberry Orange Breakfast Knots
- ⅓ cup dried cranberries (35 grams)
- 1 ¼ whole milk (295 ml)
- ½ cup unsalted butter (113 grams)
- 5 ½-6 ½ cups all-purpose flour (660-780 grams)
- 2 ¼ teaspoon active dry yeast (1 package, 7 grams)
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar (65 grams)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- Zest 1 orange
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice (60 ml, about 1 orange)
For the icing:
- 1 ½ cup powdered sugar (170 grams)
- 1-2 tablespoons orange juice
- Zest 1 orange
- Place the dried cranberries in a small bowl and cover with water and let sit for 1 hour. Drain and pat dry with paper dowels.
- Heat the milk and butter in a small saucepan set over low heat. When butter has fully melted, remove from heat and let sit for about 5 minutes, to 110-120°F.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine 2 cups of the flour, the yeast, sugar, and salt. Add the butter and milk mixture, followed by the eggs, mixing until smooth. Add the orange zest, juice and cranberries. Add the remaining flour ¼ cup at a time until the dough clears the bowl but it still sticky to the touch. Continue to knead on medium speed for 5-7 minutes until smooth and elastic.
- Place dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
- Gently punch down dough and knead a few times. Let sit for a few minutes, then divide dough in half. Working with each half individually, roll into a rectangle 12x7 inches. Slice into 12 7-inch strips. Tie each strip into a knot and place 2 inches apart on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
- Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Bake knots until tops are golden brown, about 12-14 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes.
- To make the icing, combine the powdered sugar with enough orange juice to reach a moderately thick consistency. Drizzle generously over the knots. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Gold Medal Flour. All opinions are my own, as always. Thank you for supporting partnerships with brands I believe in.