These sweet bowknot yeast rolls are pillowy-soft and infused with a bright, citrusy pop of fresh grapefruit.  A perfect brunch bite!  Don’t forget to scroll all the way to the bottom of the post for a fun giveaway from Better Homes and Gardens!

Grapefruit Bowknots- These were so pillowy soft and I loved the bright citrus flavor!   Perfect for a brunch ;)

So?  How was your Christmas?

Mine was nuts!  On Tuesday afternoon, I packed up a few dozen cupcakes and headed over to my kids’ class Winter socials.  From that point on, it was a non-stop s**t-show straight through until Friday, at which time I essentially dug myself a hole, crawled into it, and hid for two straight days.  😛

All in all I’d say it was a huge success, in spite of the absolutely abhorrent behavior of one of my children (not naming names).  He’s lucky he’s so stinkin’ cute, is all I can say.  I am hunkering down for the week ahead; school doesn’t start back up until the fifth.  So I am writing to you from the filthy, noisy, yet somehow relatively peaceful oasis of a McDonald’s indoor playground, while my kiddos let off some built-up steam.

Grapefruit Bowknots- These were so pillowy soft and I loved the bright citrus flavor! Perfect for a brunch ;)

Let’s talk about the New Year!  Do you have any resolutions or goals set?  I have been pondering mine since Thanksgiving.  It’s pretty simple, but at the same time I think it could end up be kinda challenging, since it basically involves every aspect of my life, lol.

Love this quote!

I had considered leaving off the last sentence of that quote, for fear it might sound a little depressing.  But I really don’t think that it has to be.  It’s true- life is so short.  I blinked my eyes and found myself married with two crazy kids.  I’ll blink again and they’ll be grown and off on their own.  Another blink and I’ll be even older and grayer, and then what?  So for me, for 2015, I want to do my best enjoy every possible minute of this precious life.


When I’m working, I want to be fully immersed in it, inspired, and fulfilled by it.  When I’m with my family, I want to appreciate every mischievous grin, every juicy-lipped kiss, every soft flushed cheek and every sweet snuggle.  When I’m at rest, I want to look around at the home I’ve created, and feel perfectly relaxed and at peace.

And when I pause for a meal, I want every morsel to be as fresh, delicious, and satisfying as it can possibly be.

My yeast-phobia has been well documented here, but I refuse to continue living in fear.  I discovered the recipe for these pillowy-sweet and yeasty bowknots in the new Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, 16th Edition.  They were originally Orange Bowknots, but I decided to kill two birds by also overcoming my grapefruit aversion.  Other than that simple substitution, I followed the recipe to the letter and the result was nothing short of a revelation.

Grapefruit Bowknots- These were so pillowy soft and I loved the bright citrus flavor!   Perfect for a brunch ;)

My wish is for your 2015 to be filled to the brim with blissfully delicious moments!

To that end, I have teamed up with Better Homes & Gardens and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, to offer one lucky reader a copy of their newest Red Plaid Cookbook.  This is America’s #1-selling cookbook, and it has transformed and modernized the way Americans cook at home.  The newest edition improves on this classic, making the 16th edition even better, more current, and an essential book for every home.  With over 1,200 flawless recipes, you can be sure that every dish you cook in the coming year can be as unforgettable as these Grapefruit Bowknots.

The giveaway:  Eligible to one (1) winner residing in one of the 48 contiguous states.  Must be 18 years of age to enter giveaway.  Starts 6 am 12/30/2014 (EST time) and ends 5:59 am 1/13/2015 (EST time).  To enter the giveaway, you must participate in at minimum, one of the listed entries in the PromoSimple widget and an email address must be provided.  Winner will be announced via email and must respond to the subject line: “Congratulations You’ve Won Baking a Moment’s BH&G Cookbook Giveaway” from within 24 hours of deliverance.  Failure to respond will forfeit your chance in winning and a new winner will be chosen.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will ship the product directly to the winner.  Please be advised items may appear different from the photo shown.  Baking a Moment and its owner are not held responsible for missing/broken items received by the winner.  Good luck and thank you for your entries.  There will be more fun recipes, as well as giveaways coming soon!  See more at

Good luck!

Grapefruit Bowknots- These were so pillowy soft and I loved the bright citrus flavor!   Perfect for a brunch ;)

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Grapefruit Bowknots

Servings: 24
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Proofing Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
These sweet gowknot yeast rolls are pillowy-soft and infused with the bright, citrusy flavor of fresh grapefruit. A perfect brunch bite!


For the Knot Rolls

  • 6 1/2 cups (812.5 g) all-purpose flour,, divided (you may not need all the flour)
  • 1/4 ounce (7.09 g) active dry yeast, (1 packet)
  • 1 1/4 cups (295.74 ml) milk, (I used 1%)
  • 1/2 cup (113.5 g) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup (66.67 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs,, large
  • 2 tablespoons finely shredded grapefruit zest
  • 1/4 cup (59.15 ml) freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

For the Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups (180 g) powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely shredded grapefruit zest
  • 2-3 tablespoons freshly squeezed grapefruit juice


To Make the Knot Rolls:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of the flour and the yest; set aside.  
  • In a medium saucepan, heat and stir the milk, butter, granulated sugar, and salt just until warm (120-130 degrees F) and butter almost melts; add to flour mixture along with eggs.  
  • Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping the sides of the bowl.  Beat on high speed for 3 minutes.  
  • Stir in grapefruit zest, grapefruit juice, and as much of the remaining flour as you can.
  • 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 (3-5 minutes total).  Shape dough into a ball.  
  • Place in a lightly oiled bowl, turning to oil surface of dough.  Cover; let rise in a warm place until double in size (about 1 hour).
  • Punch dough down.  Turn out onto a lightly floured surface.  Divide in half.  Cover and let rest 10 minutes.  
  • Lightly grease two large baking sheets, set aside.
  • Roll each dough half into a 12x7-inch rectangle.  Cut each rectangle into twelve 7-inch long strips.  
  • Tie each strip loosely in a knot.  Place knots 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.  Cover; let rise in a warm place until nearly double in size (about 30 minutes).
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden.
  •  Immediately remove from baking sheets.  Cool on wire racks.  
  • Drizzle with glaze.

To Make the Glaze:

  • In a medium bowl combine the powdered sugar, grapefruit zest, and enough grapefruit juice to reach drizzling consistency.
Calories: 213kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 61mg, Potassium: 67mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 159IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 2mg
Cuisine: American
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
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    Allie is the creator and owner of Baking a Moment. She has been developing, photographing, videographing, and writing and sharing recipes here since 2012.

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