There are restaurants that hubby and I visit with a special item on their menu we particularly enjoy that I’d like to replicate at home. One of mine is P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps. You can google Chicken Lettuce Wraps and a plethora of options come up with copycat recipes. I have tried a few of these and realized I’m happy to eat my Chicken Lettuce Wraps at P.F. Chang’s. Although either of these options comes pretty close to the original: Tastes Better From Scratch or The Cozy Apron.
Today I was all set to make a baking day since the weather authorities said it was going to snow. We get one or two days in the winter when it snows, generally flurries that hit the ground and melt (which it did by the way). So no big thing with snow piling up, just cold enough outside to stay inside and keep warm with the oven baking away in the kitchen. Well, that’s what it meant to me anyway.
Then it struck me, I want to make dinner rolls. Well, when was the last time I served dinner rolls? At Christmas 2016 perhaps? Gosh I can remember when rolls were put on the table for dinner every night. Yeah, I’m that old. But this craving for dinner rolls went beyond a holiday meal years back, I wanted to recreate something similar to Outback Steakhouse’s loaf of bread. That small loaf of honey wheat bread is so good – surpasses the bloomin’ onion as far as I’m concerned.
Now did I actually google Outback Steakhouse Honey Whole Wheat Bread copycat recipe and just be done with it? No! Although in writing this post (after the fact of making the rolls) I did find one that I’m going to go back to and try one day (check out the link above). Let me know what you think if you try it. It looks pretty simple.
Back to the dinner rolls. I’ll warn you, it is a long process, just takes time with all the “resting” periods as is the norm with bread-making. And that was okay today. I actually cooked a few other dishes while I was waiting for the rolls to rest or rise, so it made for a nice day in the kitchen.
While these rolls are made with molasses and not honey, they tasted surprisingly similar to Outback Steakhouse’s mini loaf bread, or at least what I remember them tasting like. I’ll have to eat my way through the rolls before we head to Outback to compare.
Dough is dull which is how it is supposed to look.
Rolls are brushed with butter, sprinkled with rolled oats, and ready to rise before baking.
Baked and fresh out of the oven. Yum!
How did I decide on making the rolls instead of the loaf of bread you might ask? Well, I guess what made me think of dinner rolls was the snowball fight hubby and I had in the parking lot of the local grocery store. Snowballs, dinner rolls, there’s some similarities right?
When hubby and I went to the grocery store the day before, I noticed someone had left a bunch of snowballs in a shopping cart. They must have scraped it off the roof of a car because there was no snow anywhere in sight. As hubby was putting our groceries in the car, I grabbed one of the snowballs and hurled it at him. The next one I lobbed to him so he could throw it back and hence the snowball fight began. What was funny was that there was no snow anywhere and here we were throwing snowballs at each other. I’m going to check YouTube for a video of two ridiculous people (us) throwing snowballs in a grocery store parking lot. I’m sure someone captured it on their Iphone. 🙂