Day 343 – A Copycat Recipe – Texas Roadhouse Rolls

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Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls - so soft and delicious and remember slather them with the Cinnamon Honey Butter!

I’m very tired today.
We didn’t get much sleep here last night.
Mr. 365 and I went to bed around midnight, he was reading and I was blogging (and ok, was on Pinterest – SO addicting!).
But I have a question for you.
Why the heck is it that the smoke alarm batteries die only at night when you’re sleeping?
Does somebody program either the smoke alarms or the batteries on purpose?
Seriously.
And I say smoke alarms too, because I just changed two batteries of the four alarms a week ago and this was after Mr. 365 changed three of the four last month.
Oh my gosh, I thought my Mr. was going to loose it.
He’d change a battery, we’d get into bed, lights out…
“Low battery. Beep!”
Grumble, grumble, grumble with a not so nice word inserted here and there.
The ladder (and it’s a full-size one because we don’t own a small step ladder) was banging together and into the walls.  Lights were being turned on and off, and our poor children were awakened by their father causing a ruckus in their rooms at 3 am with all of his battery changing paraphernalia.
Poor guy, he also had to drive to the store around 2:45 to buy some more 9 volts.
Batteries replaced, and the doggone things are STILL going off.  Finally, he pulled the main one off the ceiling.
I think a can of compressed air is in order to spray those puppies clean and if that doesn’t work, they’ll be replaced ASAP.
It wasn’t a good night.

If you’ve never been to a Texas Roadhouse, you need to go.
Well, actually now that you know how to make these roll, you really don’t.
I think these rolls are the best things on their menu.
Come to think of it, and coupled with the fact that we haven’t been there in quite some time, I don’t even think these are on the menu.
If I remember correctly, they’re complimentary.
And the best part of this whole thing is that they are to die for when spread with that cinnamon honey butter.
Oh. My. Goodness!


MAN, I sure do hope these taste like the ones in the restaurant or I’m going to be bumming out (does anyone even say that anymore or am I dating myself once again?) BIG time!

I found this at Eat Cake For Dinner.
Complete recipe to be saved is at bottom.
Texas Roadhouse Rolls - makes 5-6 dozen smaller ones, but I made 19 larger ones as Jenn had recommended at Eat Cake.  After all, bigger IS better, and it’s less you have to eat!  ;-)

4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups milk scalded and cooled to lukewarm
1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar, separated
3 tablespoons melted butter, cooled slightly, plus additional for brushing
7-8 cups flour (I used about 7 1/2 cups)
2 whole eggs
2 teaspoons salt

In the bowl of an electric mixer, dissolve yeast in the warm water with the teaspoon of sugar.

With the dough hook attached, mix in the milk, remaining 1/2 cup of sugar, and enough flour to make a medium batter.  (I added about 2 1/2 cups of flour here.)
Mix thoroughly.
Allow to stand until light and foamy, about 8-10 minutes.

Add melted butter, eggs and salt.

Beat well.
Add enough flour to form a soft dough.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and allow it to rest for about 10 minutes.
While dough is resting, prepare a large bowl by spraying it with cooking spray.
Knead dough until it is smooth and satiny.

Place into prepared bowl and turn over, coating it with oil.

Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set to rise in a warm area until double in size, about 1-1 1/2 hours.

Punch dough down.
On a lightly floured surface and with a lightly floured rolling pin, flatten dough into a rectangle until it is about 1/2-inch thick.  It’s a pretty big rectangle, but I didn’t measure it.

Fold the rectangle in half (short way – I know there’s another way to say that, but I’m blanking out at the moment), so that it is about 1-inch in thickness, and lightly roll together to seal the sides together.

Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
With a dough scraper, cut into rolls.

Place rolls on a greased baking sheet.

Kitty being held hostage in the kitchen and is not too happy about it.  Geez, all the puppy wants to do is play with you.  Ok, and lick you to death.

Cover with a damp towel and allow to rise in a warm area until double in size, about 1 hour or so.

Preheat oven to 350 and bake rolls for 10-15 minutes or until lightly golden.

Upon removing from oven, brush tops with melted butter.
Serve with Cinnamon Honey Butter.


Texas Roadhouse Rolls - makes 5-6 dozen smaller ones, or 19 larger ones

Ingredients
4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups milk scalded and cooled to lukewarm
1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar, separated
3 tablespoons melted butter, cooled slightly, plus additional for brushing
7-8 cups flour (I used about 7 1/2 cups)
2 whole eggs
2 teaspoons salt

Directions
In the bowl of an electric mixer, dissolve yeast in the warm water with the teaspoon of sugar.
With the dough hook attached, mix in the milk, remaining 1/2 cup of sugar, and enough flour to make a medium batter.  (I added about 2 1/2 cups of flour here.)
Mix thoroughly.
Allow to stand until light and foamy, about 8-10 minutes.
Add melted butter, eggs and salt.
Beat well.
Add enough flour to form a soft dough.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and allow it to rest for about 10 minutes.
While dough is resting, prepare a large bowl by spraying it with cooking spray.
Knead dough until it is smooth and satiny.

Place into prepared bowl and turn over, coating it with oil.
Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set to rise in a warm area until double in size, about 1-1 1/2 hours.
Punch dough down.
On a lightly floured surface and with a lightly floured rolling pin, flatten dough into a rectangle until it is about 1/2-inch thick.
Fold the rectangle in half the short way so that it is about 1-inch in thickness, and lightly roll together to seal the sides together.
Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
With a dough scraper, cut into rolls.
Place rolls on a greased baking sheet.
Cover with a damp towel and allow to rise in a warm area until double in size, about 1 hour or so.
Preheat oven to 350 and bake rolls for 10-15 minutes or until lightly golden.
Upon removing from oven, brush tops with melted butter.
Serve with Cinnamon Honey Butter.

Cinnamon Honey Butter
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), room temperature
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter for approximately 30 seconds until lightly whipped.
Add confectioners’ sugar, honey and cinnamon and beat until smooth and thoroughly combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
Continue beating on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.

I rate everything I bake on a scale of 1-4 with 4 being the best and these Texas Roadhouse Rolls earned…
You ready for this?
4 ROLLING PINS!!!!!


Hot DIGGITY!!!


These were SOOOOOOOO unbelievable good that this is how the conversation went with my Mr.
Me, “So what’d you think of the rolls?”
Him, “They were REALLY good!  They tasted just like the real thing and they were so good I couldn’t believe you’d made them!”

Wow. thanks a lot.

But I did!  And I have to admit that even I was surprised at how well they turned out!!
Yeah, they were NOTHIN’ like that French Bread I made the other day (fortunately, and which post I still have yet to finish!)!
These were just absolutely the most bestest, stupendous, delicious, incredulous, dynamitous, I-can’t-think-of-another-word-that-ends-in-ous-to-describeous how incredibly awesome these babies were!!
AND they were SO SOFT and AIRY!!!
Ah,…
it was like a cloud of sweet, yeasty goodness!

Attention!!
BE ON THE ALERT!!
This is one of those recipes on the 365 blog that I STRONGLY recommend that you make!!
I’m not trying to force you into anything here, but I really don’t think you’ll be sorry.

These should be served at EVERY special occasion!!
Even when there isn’t a special occasion you just NEED, yes you NEED to have these in your life.

They. Are. Almost. Better. Than. Chocolate.
Almost.

And don’t you DARE serve them without that cinnamon honey butter.
Oh my goodness!
Because if you do, you are only hurting yourself and the ones you love.
It is such a disservice to give those to anyone plain.
Don’t. Even. Think. About. It!

Make them.

NOW!


Oh, and if you don’t want 19 really HUGE muffins, you can just divide the dough into smaller rectangles, let the dough rest and then divide it into smaller rolls totaling 5-6 dozen.
It’ll be fine.


Enjoy your rolls!
You need to come back and tell me what you think.  I want to hear about them!


I am going to bed doing a very happy dance~  Sweet dreams y’all!!


I give you BIG baking hugs and muffins!!

Comments

  1. says

    Recently our upstairs neighbor’s smoke alarm battery was dying all night and she wasn’t home to change it… We could hear the beeping through our walls all night until she finally came home at 4am and stopped it!

    The rolls look delicious! Perfect comfort food for a tired day!

  2. says

    On the Today Show recently they had a segment about smoke detectors/alarms. They said that after 5 years the alarms are programmed to beep and need to be changed. I’ve never had one that beeped regardless of changing the battery, but maybe this is something new. By the way, these rolls look so good I could lick my monitor. LOL I’ve never seen rolls cut before but I like that idea for keeping them light and fluffy. I’m pinning so I can try these! Thanks for the awesome recipe.

  3. says

    I recently heard that smoke detectors/alarms need to be changed every five years otherwise they will begin to beep. I’ve never had this happen but maybe it’s something fairly new, or newer than my 12 year old alarms. By the way these rolls look incredible. I’ve never heard of cutting rolls but they appear to be much lighter than shaped rolls. Thanks for such a wonderful recipe. I’m pinning this so I can make for Easter.

  4. says

    These rolls & of course the butter are my daughters Fav! Sadly we moved & note we live 6 he’s from the closest Texas Roadhouse, which means maybe oncea year on her birthday may go. She is going to be so excited when I make these for her this weekend =).

    Love your blog & recipes

  5. Anonymous says

    I used to live in New Jersey and would always bake breads and rolls, but i recently relocated to Arizona and I have the worse trouble getting my bread to rise, i dont know what it is out here… any tips?

    • says

      I place my doughs in the oven and I’ll warm it up to 175 degrees F. then turn it off a few minutes before I’m ready to place it in. I’ve had good luck doing it this way.
      If I just leave it in a “warm space” like on a countertop or in the laundry room, it’s never risen as well as in the oven. And grandma used to do it that way, so I figured she must have know what she was doing.
      Hope this helps!

  6. Anonymous says

    Just wanted to let you know as an ex baker for trh the hc butter is literally just regular REAL salted butter that has been whipped with only honey and cinnamon. NO confection sugar needed! I dont know the ratio for a small batch as we have to make large batches to last a couple days but I hope this helps!!

    • says

      I honestly don’t know if you can make them in a bread maker. Since I made them by hand, I’d definitely recommend doing them that way. You could try doing a Google search of these rolls in a breadmaker. If you make them that way, please let me know how they turned out!

  7. says

    Okay…I made them again using my bread machine…I did the first step and once it was mixed I unplugged it and let it do it’s bubbling thing.
    Then I plugged it in again,set it to dough and when it started beating added the egg and butter…mixed in then added the rest of the flour….once it was made into a good dough I again turned off the machine and let it rise in the machine for a couple of hours…I have them in the oven now and they look and smell exactly the same

  8. Anonymous says

    Any advise on making these a few days ahead of time? I’m going to make these for Thanksgiving and want to make them on Tuesday, and actually bake them on Thursday. Help please!

  9. Anonymous says

    Can i use canned (evaporated) milk, or do i need to use regular milk? I have tons of extra canned milk and I’m always looking for recipes to utilize it. Thanks! Making these today for a pre-Thanksgiving dinner!

    • says

      I personally don’t know the answer to that, so did a search on Google and found this: “To substitute, one cup whole milk is equivalent to 1/2 cup evaporated milk plus 1/2 cup water.” from About.com
      I hope this helps. I used regular milk, so don’t know what the results would be, but it sounds like it will work. Good luck with it and let me know the results!

  10. says

    Oh my stars I can’t wait to see how they turn out!! I love TRH, really hope they taste close to the real deal! Ill post once I try them! I did try another copy cat recipe and it was not at all like them!! Your a goddess!

  11. says

    These turned out delicious! My guests went back for seconds and thirds! I made the better with 1/2 cup butter and 1/3 cup honey and cinnamon to taste, no sugar. It tasted more like honey than Texas Roadhouse’s and the buns were not quite as airy but definitely delicious! Next time, I would only use 1/4 cup of honey instead of 1/3. Thanks for the great recipe!

  12. Anonymous says

    How about having all the smoke alarms go off , tied together, about 3am and you feel like you are dying from the flu? Hubby slept thru the whole thing. I got out ladder and disconnected all and then they finally quit.

  13. Anonymous says

    I have never made homemade rolls before. Do I need a dough mixer? Can these truly be made by hand? I only have a hand held mixer.

    • Anonymous says

      I made them by hand and they turned out great! Didn’t even use my hand mixer; just mixed up with a spoon and used my hands to knead.

  14. says

    What a fabulous recipe! I have made these twice now and they taste exactly like Texas Roadhouses’ rolls (although my hubby says mine taste better than theirs!) The cinnamon honey butter just takes them over the top scrumptious. I follow the recipe exactly except use a plain old hand mixer in place of a dough hook and typically halve the recipe as it makes a lot. I hope it is OK that I share this blog post on my cookbook blog. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Anonymous says

    These are just like the real thing. I’ve made them twice and thought I had beginners luck when they turned out perfectly the first time. They turned out just as nice the second time. They freeze well if you have extras. The cinnamon honey butter’s a must, but my daughter says they’re great buns for ham sandwiches too.

  16. says

    Has anyone used this recipe for high altitude? Usually its a tablespoon or so more flour. Lower temp and a little longer baking. High altitude really makes baking difficult sometimes. I really want to be able to make cuban bread, but have had no success. Anyone have the answer for me =)

  17. Debbie Jo says

    I made these this evening using a little different recipe. Mainly because I wanted to use my bread machine and it will not hold 8 cups of flour. The recipe I used was very similar only less sugar. They were not as sweet as the ones I ate at TRH. So next time I am going to increase the sugar. Here is the recipe I used in my machine. I added the ingredients in the order of the recipe.
    1 cup whole milk
    1/4 cup water
    1 large egg
    1/4 cup melted butter
    1 tea salt
    2 tablespoons suger (will use more next time)
    3 cups bread flour
    2 packages yeast
    They were very good and the cinn honey butter makes them even better!
    1 cup butter softened
    1/4 cup honey
    1 1/2 teaspoons cinn
    Mix with your hand mixer
    ENJOY

  18. Anonymous says

    Something’s not adding up with this recipe. You say to add about 2.5 cups of flour in the beginning, but you use a total of 7.5 cups. Where are the other 5 cups of flour in the recipe? I just got done beating it the first time and I’m like “so now what do I do with the rest of this flour??

    • says

      Yes, you use the 2 1\2 cups flour in the beginning and then after adding the milk, eggs and melted butter you add enough flour to make a soft dough. I didn’t specify an exact amount because it my vary with with each person making them. You definitely shouldn’t have 5 cups of flour left over.

  19. says

    I made these a month ago and they didn’t last but for a few days. The butter was Awesome. I am a big time cook and we all loved them. Actually my sister in law asked me to make a double batch today which I declined because I can make more in a few days so they are fresh. My 12 year old son helped me today and he made the butter by himself and they turned out awesome once again. I have always known that the less handling the lighter. My son did it and I had the whole family lined up when they came out of the oven…wow! :-)

  20. Anonymous says

    My daughter is not a foodie. She eats in order to survive ;-) Well, this little unenthousiastic eater was completely in love with these bread rolls. She said it was the best thing she ever eat. They stayed moist, ever the day after. Thanks for this great recipe!

  21. Anonymous says

    I just ate 5 of these in one sitting.:-)) i only did half of the recipe still came out plenty. Just a couple of things i did different: i did everything with a spoon and then by hand.even the butter i mixed with a wooden spoon. I didnt use the sugar , only honey and that was sweet enough 1/2 cup butter, 1/4 cup honey, almost a full tsp of cinnamon.also before i put them in the oven i brushed a mixture of egg yolk and milk over them and then when i took them out of the oven i brushed them with melted butter.this is what i would change next time: i wont let them sit for too long before baking ( i actually had to go get more butter and they sat there cut and ready to be baked for an hour) and i will cut them in smaller sizes from the beginning. I didnt have a dough cutter and i used a knife. Kinda messy.
    Anyway, thanks a million for the recipe. They came out great and i will be making them again soon.

  22. Anonymous says

    it’s literally in the oven right now. I hope they’re good! It’s my very first time working with dough

  23. Alison H says

    I am making these for sure :) its a good habit to get into changing your smoke alarm batteries the same night u change your clocks lol

  24. Peggy says

    Smoke alarm comment…….Our home was built in 2001. The fire dept (no, we’ve never had a fire) said if the detectors are hard wired in to the home then ALL the batteries need to be changed at the same time, not just the one that obnoxiously chirps! And yes, it happens at 3 am!

    • Lynne says

      Ah, that’s great to know, Peggy, thank you so much for informing me. I wonder how many other people don’t realize that needs to be done.
      And of course, it NEVER happens during the day! haha

  25. Raquel says

    Hi…I made these today and they turned out yummy. One question that I have is that after butter them once out of the oven they deflated some. Any ideals way. I was wondering if I should have let them cooled some before that.

    • Lynne says

      Raquel,
      they do tend to deflate a tad after coming out of the oven, but it won’t affect the taste. If you want to wait a few minutes for them to cool before brushing them with butter next time that would be fine. That may help a little, too.

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