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Texas Roadhouse’s Rolls

Texas Roadhouse’s Rolls

A Taste of Texas: Homemade Texas Roadhouse Rolls

These Texas Roadhouse Rolls capture the magic of the restaurant's famous rolls, offering warm, fluffy, and buttery goodness right in your own kitchen. Made with simple ingredients and a touch of patience, these rolls are guaranteed to become a favorite at your table.

Ingredients:

  • The Rise and Shine Activators:

    • 1 packet dry active yeast - Active dry yeast acts as the leavening agent, causing the dough to rise for a light and airy texture.
    • ¼ cup warm water (105°F to 115°F) - Warm water activates the yeast, initiating the rising process.
  • The Liquid Foundation:

    • ½ cup milk - Milk adds moisture and richness to the dough.
    • ½ cup buttermilk - Buttermilk adds a slight tang and tenderness to the dough.
  • The Sweeteners:

    • ¼ cup granulated sugar - Granulated sugar provides a touch of sweetness to the dough.
    • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar (for honey cinnamon butter) - Confectioners' sugar adds sweetness and a smooth texture to the honey cinnamon butter.
    • 2 teaspoons honey (for honey cinnamon butter) - Honey adds a touch of sweetness and a delightful honey flavor to the butter.
  • The Binding Elements:

    • 1 egg - The egg adds richness, structure, and helps bind the dough ingredients together.
    • Pinch of salt - Salt enhances the overall flavors of the dough.
  • The Flour Power:

    • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour - All-purpose flour provides the structure and body for the rolls.
  • The Fat Factor:

    • 2 tablespoons softened unsalted butter (for dough) - Softened butter adds richness and tenderness to the dough.
    • 4 tablespoons softened unsalted butter (for honey cinnamon butter) - Softened butter is the base for the flavorful honey cinnamon butter.
  • The Spice of Life (Optional):

    • ½ teaspoon cinnamon (for honey cinnamon butter) - Cinnamon adds a warm and inviting spice flavor to the honey cinnamon butter.

Instructions:

  1. Activating the Yeast: In a bowl or container, combine the yeast and warm water. Stir gently once and let the mixture rest for 5 minutes. The yeast will become foamy, indicating it's active.

  2. Warming the Liquids: In a microwave-safe container, heat the milk and buttermilk until lukewarm. It's okay if the buttermilk separates at this point, as it won't affect the recipe.

  3. Melting and Combining: Stir 2 tablespoons of softened butter into the warmed milk and buttermilk mixture until the butter melts completely.

  4. Mixing the Dough Base: In a large mixing bowl, combine the milk mixture, activated yeast, granulated sugar, salt, and 1 cup of flour. Using a dough hook attachment on your mixer, beat on high speed until the ingredients are well combined and smooth.

  5. Adding the Egg: Beat the egg into the dough mixture until it is fully incorporated.

  6. Building the Dough: Gradually add the remaining flour, a little at a time, until the dough pulls away cleanly from the dough hook attachment. Be careful not to overmix, as this can make the rolls tough.

  7. Dough Rest and Rise: Lightly flour a work surface and transfer the dough onto it. Knead the dough for a minute or two until it becomes smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a well-greased large mixing bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

  8. Shaping the Rolls: Once the dough has risen, punch it down to release the air. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll it out to a ½-inch thickness. Cut the dough into 12 even rectangles.

  9. The Signature Roll Shape: Fold the ends of each rectangle inwards towards the center, creating a log shape. Pinch the seams to seal and create a classic roll shape.

  10. Second Rise: Arrange the rolls seam side down on a parchment paper or silicone mat lined baking sheet. Leave some space between the rolls to allow for further rising. Cover the rolls loosely with plastic wrap and let them rise for an additional 20 minutes.

  11. Preheat and Bake: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Once preheated, bake the rolls for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown on top.

  12. Buttery Bliss (Optional): While the rolls are still warm, brush them with melted

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