Embark on a delightful culinary journey with the Texas Roadhouse Rolls, a treasure from the heart of Southern American cuisine. These rolls are more than just a side dish; they are a symbol of hospitality and warmth, deeply rooted in Texan traditions. Originating from the bustling kitchens of Texas Roadhouse, a popular American steakhouse chain, these rolls have garnered fame for their exceptional softness and distinctive flavor. Traditionally served before the main course, their irresistible appeal lies in the perfect balance of a slightly sweet taste with a rich, buttery texture. The secret to their popularity? A unique blend of simple ingredients, carefully crafted to create a roll that’s both comforting and indulgent.
The Art of Baking Texas Roadhouse Rolls
Baking Texas Roadhouse Rolls is an art that combines simplicity with a touch of Southern charm. The process starts with activating yeast, a step that sets the foundation for the rolls’ airy and light structure. The addition of buttermilk, a staple in Southern cooking, contributes to their distinctively tender crumb and slight tang, setting them apart from ordinary dinner rolls. As the dough rises, it takes on a life of its own, embodying the warmth and care put into its creation. The final touch, a brush of melted butter and a serving of homemade honey cinnamon butter, transforms these rolls into a mouth-watering treat. Perfectly golden on the outside, soft on the inside, these rolls are not just food; they’re a heartfelt embrace, a reminder of home-cooked meals and gatherings around the dinner table.
- 1 Packet dry active yeast
- ¼ Cup warm water
- ½ Cup milk
- ½ Cup buttermilk
- ¼ Cup granulated sugar
- 1 Egg
- A pinch of salt
- 3 ½ Cups all-purpose flour
- 2 Tablespoons softened unsalted butter
For the Honey Cinnamon Butter:
- 4 Tablespoons butter, softened and unsalted
- ½ Teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 Teaspoons honey
- 1 Tablespoon confectioners sugar
- Begin by mixing the dry yeast with warm water in a bowl. Stir once and let it rest to activate.
- Warm the milk and buttermilk in a microwave-safe container. It’s okay if the buttermilk separates.
- Melt 2 tablespoons of butter into the warm milk mixture.
- In a separate mixing bowl, combine the milk mixture with yeast, sugar, salt, and 1 cup of flour. Beat until smooth.
- Add the egg to the mixture and beat until well incorporated.
- Gradually add the remaining flour, mixing until the dough cleanly pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
- Lightly flour the dough and form it into a ball. Place in a greased bowl and let it rise for 1 hour.
- After rising, roll out the dough on a floured surface to a thickness of ½ inch, and cut into 12 rectangles.
- Fold each rectangle to form a roll shape and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat. Let them rise for 20 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Celsius and bake the rolls for 12-15 minutes until they turn lightly brown on top.
- Optional: Brush the baked rolls with melted butter for extra flavor.
- For the honey cinnamon butter: Combine softened butter, cinnamon, honey, and confectioners sugar in a bowl and mix well.
- Serve the warm rolls with the freshly made honey cinnamon butter.