Strawberry Orange Morning Knots

I looove a good pastry and we had a bunch of oranges to use, so I was excited to make this recipe. They’ve got a nice blast of citrus and are a perfect way to wake yourself up with a cup of coffee or tea in the morning. The shape is really fun, and everyone in my house really enjoyed them. The shape looks intimidating, but if you think about the rectangle of dough like one of those science fair posters with three parts (look it up if you don’t know what I’m talking about), it’s not bad at all. Filling covers the whole thing, then you fold one part in. You add sugar to the part you just folded in, and fold the other side on top. This results in three layers of dough and no filling showing on the outside.

  • 3 1/2 c flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 c almond milk
  • 1/4 c vegan margarine
  • 1 tbsp flax + 3 tbsp water mixed
  • filling (below)
  • orange sugar (below)

Whisk 2 c flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a dough attachment. Heat milk for 1 min in the microwave. Add this, the margarine, and the flax mixture. Knead until a smooth ball forms (it shouldn’t be dry, but shouldn’t stick to your fingers). Place in a greased bowl in the oven with the light on until doubled (see picture below), about 40 mins. When you press the surface, it should spring back up. Flour a clean surface and role out dough into 12×18 rectangle. Spread filling, leaving 1 inch around each edge. Fold 1/3 of the dough over itself. Sprinkle orange sugar on top of the side without filling. Fold the final edge over, so that there is plain dough on top. Use a rolling pin to gently seal the layers by rolling out once more. Use a pastry cutter/ sharp knife to make 12 1 inch strips. Stretch out each strip and tie into a knot. Place on lined baking sheet and let rise for 25 mins under a dish towel. Preheat oven to 350. Brush rolls with more margarine. Bake for 30 mins. Enjoy warm, or let cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

filling:

  • 1/3 c strawberry jam
  • 1/3 c orange juice
  • 2 tsp orange zest

Stir in a small saucepan over medium heat until orange juice is mostly evaporated and mixture is thick.

orange sugar:

  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 2 tsp orange zest

Blitz together in a blender/food processor.

Tips/Things I would Change:

  • Actually leave 1 inch with no filling around the edges. When you seal the dough, the filling will get everywhere if you don’t.
  • It’s okay if the filling gets a little all over the buns, it bakes well.
  • It may look like you don’t have enough filling, but you do, just spread it out well.
  • I might try adding brown sugar to the filling and almond extract to the dough for some extra flavor.

This was my dough doubled

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