If you were a public school kid in the 80’s, you know that the only acceptable side item for a bowl of chili is a cinnamon roll. I can’t even imagine two things that make a better pair! My daughter disagrees. She likes a particular steakhouse chain’s dinner rolls the best, and often asks if we can make the copycat recipe to go with our chili.
So I came up with a little bit of a hybrid. One that could be made in my bread machine, so I could set it and forget it. I wanted a roll that had that fluffy, yeasty yumminess of the steakhouse rolls, and of course they had to have a sweet filling. I played around with a few of the “copycat” recipes I found, but they weren’t doing it for me. I decided they needed a little substance, so I replaced some of the white flour with whole wheat. We love the taste of the steakhouse honey-cinnamon butter, but I wasn’t keen on the 5 pounds of powdered sugar it called for. So I dialed back on the sugar, and used the butter mixture to fill the rolls. Set my bread maker before I left for school pick-up, came home and shaped the rolls, and let me tell you, They. Were. Awesome.
If you don’t have a bread machine, it is a worthwhile investment, I think. I use mine more for the dough cycle than anything, (the loaves can be awkward shape/size for slicing, so I prefer to shape them myself) Set it in the morning, have bread with dinner! They’re like crock pots for bread! You can find one for around $40 that will perform all the basic functions, or you can go on up to a few hundred dollars for something more high tech. If you don’t have one, you can just mix all the ingredients in a big bowl and let it rise in a warm place until doubled.
Try these rolls for a sweet Valentine’s breakfast surprise!