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Grapefruit Bowknots
Prep Time
35 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Proofing Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 20 mins

These sweet gowknot yeast rolls are pillowy-soft and infused with the bright, citrusy flavor of fresh grapefruit. A perfect brunch bite!

Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grapefruit bowknots, grapefruit knots, grapefruit rolls
Servings: 24
Calories: 213 kcal
For the Knot Rolls
  • 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided (you may not need all the flour)
  • 1/4 ounce active dry yeast (1 packet)
  • 1 1/4 cups milk (I used 1%)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 2 tablespoons finely shredded grapefruit zest
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
For the Glaze
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely shredded grapefruit zest
  • 2-3 tablespoons freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
To Make the Knot Rolls:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of the flour and the yest; set aside.  

  2. 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.  

  3. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping the sides of the bowl.  Beat on high speed for 3 minutes.  

  4. Stir in grapefruit zest, grapefruit juice, and as much of the remaining flour as you can.

  5. 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.  

  6. 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).

  7. Punch dough down.  Turn out onto a lightly floured surface.  Divide in half.  Cover and let rest 10 minutes.  

  8. Lightly grease two large baking sheets, set aside.

  9. Roll each dough half into a 12x7-inch rectangle.  Cut each rectangle into twelve 7-inch long strips.  

  10. 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).

  11. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden.

  12.  Immediately remove from baking sheets.  Cool on wire racks.  

  13. Drizzle with glaze.

To Make the Glaze:
  1. In a medium bowl combine the powdered sugar, grapefruit zest, and enough grapefruit juice to reach drizzling consistency.
Nutrition Facts
Grapefruit Bowknots
Amount Per Serving
Calories 213 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 61mg3%
Potassium 67mg2%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 159IU3%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.