I decided to give these Parker House Rolls a try for Christmas last year. Yeah, I know…it’s February! Apparently, I have had a lot of other things to talk about!
These Parker House Rolls have a little history behind them…named after the Parker House Hotel in Boston where they were first created in the late 1800′s. Check here for more history. You can find the complete recipe for these rolls on line here. Or, you can find the recipe in Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook.
These rolls take a few hours to make so give yourself plenty of time! Start with your yeast and milk until it is nice and frothy!
Roll out the dough onto a floured surface. The dough starts out pretty sticky. Kneed a few times and form into a nice disc. Place in an oiled bowl for 75 minutes or until doubled in bulk.
Punch down! My favorite part! Separate into two and let rise again for 15 to 20 minutes.
Roll out into about a sheet 1/3″ thick and cut into 2×4″ rectangles. Use a ruler to measure it the easiest way!
Fold them into rows onto a buttered baking pan. Fold the dough over itself about 2/3rd’s of the way leaving a small tail hanging out. Set the next roll on the tail and stack. Separate the rows about 1/2″. Brush them all with butter and get ready for the oven! Place them in a warm area to rise for 1/2 hour before you place in the oven which is preheated to 375 degrees.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown! Here’s the disappointing part…I never took photos of the rolls all done! They puffed up beautifully and were super yummy! Here’s the photo of the completed rolls courtesy of Martha Stewart.com. As you can imagine, mine looked just like this. :-)
This recipe is good tasting and has a medium level of difficulty due to the multiple steps. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time!
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