Sunday, September 29, 2013

Texas Roadhouse Rolls

*Amended on February 23, 2014 - after making these multiple times I have some changes to make to the recipe and believe me, totally worth it and they are ten times better.  
(All changes to the recipe will be italicized)
Texas Roadhouse...if anyone mentions this restaurant, I guarantee that they will mention their rolls.  And they should, they are epic.  I don't know what they do but they are amazing and no other rolls are as good as theirs.  And the cinnamon honey butter is the other thing that makes them amazing.  I have tried many copycat recipes for their rolls.  They are good, but not even close to the real thing.  I didn't think it was possible to find a recipe that is the actual, real thing.  I have found it.  Of course, it was a Pinterest find, but I worked my magic, and tried them and they are good.  So...I guess I will just say, your welcome and enjoy some very amazing, yummy rolls! :)

Texas Roadhouse Rolls
4 tsp Active Dry Yeast
1 tsp Sugar
½ Cup Warm Water
2 Cup Milk, scalded and cooled to lukewarm
3 Tbsp Melted Butter, slightly cooled
½ Cup Sugar
2 quarts All Purpose Flour (7-8 Cups)
2 Eggs
2 tsp Salt
1/2 Cup Honey

Dissolve yeast in warm water with a tsp of sugar; let the yeast do its magic and let it sit until frothy.  Scald your milk while waiting.  Combine yeast mixture, milk, sugar and enough flour to make a medium batter (it has the consistency of pancake batter). Beat thoroughly.  Add melted butter, eggs and salt and honey.  Beat again.  Add enough flour to form a soft dough.  Sprinkle a small amount of flour onto counter and let the dough rest.  Meanwhile, grease a large bowl.  Knead the dough until smooth and satiny and put in the greased bowl.  Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in bulk.  Punch down.  Turn onto floured board.  and let rest 10 minutes.  Roll the dough out to about 1/2" thick.  Then fold over and seal the dough so it is 1" thick.  Cut into rectangles or squares.   Place on a greased baking sheet.  Let rise until doubled.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.  Immediately smother the rolls with Cinnamon Honey Butter.

Cinnamon Honey Butter
2 sticks Buttter, softened
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 Cup Honey
2 tsp Cinnamon                         

Whip the butter (make sure it’s soft and room temp).  Add the powdered sugar, then the honey, then the cinnamon. Whip it good. Scrape the sides. Whip it again.  

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

One of the many dangers for me is Nutella.  I try and avoid buying it at all costs...mostly because I will eat the whole jar.  It is very hard for me not to.  But then I walk into Smith's and see the Kroger brand of Nutella and it is much les $$$ that I cannot resist.  And then Picky Palate posts about these cookies...

...and I HAVE TO make them.  Simple.  Chocolate Chip Cookies and Nutella...and they are soooo good!  They are soft and the perfect...ooey...gooey...and one is enough unless you are a crazy Nutella person...then two or three will do.

Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 sticks softened butter
3/4 Cup packed light brown sugar
1 Cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla
3 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
10 oz bag chocolate chips
1 jar Nutella 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer cream butter and sugars until well combined. Add in eggs and vanilla until well combined.  In a separate bowl mix the flour, salt and baking soda. Slowly add to wet ingredients along with chocolate chips until just combined. Using a cookie scoop take one scoop of cookie dough and place onto a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet.  Flatten the top of the dough and make a little depression and spoon in some Nutella. However much you want...a lot of a little. :) 
Take another scoop of dough and place on top. Seal edges together by pressing until Nutella is enclosed with dough. Bake cookies for 9-13 minutes or until cookies are baked to your liking. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack. Enjoy!!!
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