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Parker House Rolls
An American Bounty:
Great Contemporary Cooking from
the Culinary Institute of America
The Culinary Institute of America, 1995,
“These rolls gained fame at one of Boston’s hotels, the Parker
Delicately textured and rich with butter, they are per-
Sunday (and Holiday) dinner roll.”
about 2 dozen rolls
1/3 cup warm water
1 package dry yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup milk, scalded
3 tablespoons unsalted butter,
at room temperature
2 1/2 to 3 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup melted butter
(or more as needed)
2 tablespoons milk
1. Combine the warm water, yeast, and sugar in a large bowl
well. Set aside for 2 to 3 minutes or until quite frothy.
2. Lightly beat 2 eggs and add them to the yeast with the
1 1/2 cups of the flour, and the salt. Stir well for several
the dough begins to form long elastic strands. Add more flour
until the dough is too heavy to stir.
3. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface, and
about 10 minutes, adding enough flour to prevent the dough from
sticking. The dough should be moist, smooth, and springy.
4. Place the dough in a large, lightly oiled bowl, cover with
and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free spot for 1 to 2
hours or until
double in volume. Lightly grease two 9 x 13-inch
5. Punch the dough down and flatten to about a 1-inch
the dough into rectangles, about 1 inch by 2 inches. Press
of a table knife into the center of each rectangle to make
6. Brush the rectangles with a thin coating of melted butter,
the dough over so that the butter is on the inside.
7. Place the rolls into the prepared pans. They should be
not touching one another. Cover the shaped rolls and let them
nearly doubled. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
8. Beat the remaining egg with the milk. Brush the rolls
wash and bake them in the preheated oven for 15 to 20
utes or until
golden brown and baked through. Let the rolls cool
Preparation Notes: This dough can be left to rise very slowly in a
or overnight in the refrigerator. Let the dough return to
before final shaping and baking.
Variation: Sesame or poppy seeds can be scattered over the rolls
have been brushed with egg wash.
Serving Suggestions: These buttery rolls are at their best when
They are great with a special family dinner, or with
big cups of
frothy cappuccino or
hot chocolate for breakfast.
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