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We Hacked Texas Roadhouse’s Rolls So You Can Have Unlimited Free Bread at Home—Sort Of

May 23, 2020

Dining in at restaurants still seems like a far-off concept. And while we’re happy to see some food establishments adapting with take-out and delivery options, we can’t help but miss the food that’s only served when you’re actually sitting down for a meal. We’re talking about free bread.

We could have it all, rolling in Texas Roadhouse.

So we hacked one of our favorite restaurant breads: Texas Roadhouse’s rolls. This recipe makes soft, fluffy rolls, best paired with a honey-butter-cinnamon sauce that you can make to taste. Part of what makes these rolls so great at Texas Roadhouse is that they’re free. Obviously, this recipe isn’t. But if you ask someone else to make it for you, it is. Just saying.

Texas Roadhouse Rolls

  • Serves: 3-6 people
  • Active time: 1 hr
  • Total time: 3 hrs
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Special tools: Stand mixer

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 ½ tsp. instant yeast
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 cup water, warm
  • ½ cup milk, warm
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, divided
  • neutral oil, for greasing

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together flour, yeast, sugar, and salt.
  2. Add the water, milk, vegetable oil, and one egg.
  3. Using a dough hook, mix the dough on medium speed and run for 3-5 minutes or until a rough dough forms.
  4. Continue kneading on medium-high speed and continue to work the dough until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes more.
  5. Remove bowl from mixer and cover in plastic wrap.
  6. Let dough rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  7. Line two sheet trays with oil or parchment paper.
  8. Once dough has doubled in size, turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface.
  9. Cut the dough in half then roll each piece into a long log about 12 inches long.
  10. Cut the log of dough with a sharp knife into 6 equal pieces, about 2 inches wide each, then repeat with the second log. (Each roll should have two straight sides, creating the signature look of these rolls)
  11. Transfer the cut rolls onto the prepared sheet trays then cover lightly with a clean towel.
  12. Rest the dough for 30 more minutes or until doubled in size.
  13. Preheat oven to 375F.
  14. Take the remaining egg and beat in a bowl with 1 tbsp of water.
  15. Brush the tops of each roll with egg wash then bake in the preheat oven for 25-30 minutes until lightly golden brown.
  16. Serve warm with butter flavored with honey and cinnamon.
Jica Simpas Jica Simpas

Jica hopes that by writing about food she'll actually learn how to cook. But for now, she'll happily just eat everything—especially cookies.

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