Friday, 29 August 2014

Parker House Rolls

Parker House Rolls. Is that like Cider House Rules?

Parker House Rolls
adapted from Martha Stewart
Makes 24

1 1/2 cups milk
115g unsalted butter, cut into small dice  plus extra fro brushing
1/2 cup caster sugar
7g (1 sachet) dried yeast
1/2 cup warm water
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
6 cups "00" flour

Line a large baking tray with baking paper and set aside.

Put the milk into a saucepan and bring it to a simmer. Remove it from the heat and add the butter and sugar. Set aside to cool.

Dissolve the yeast in the warm water and set aside for 5 minutes until foamy.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, put the eggs, yeast mixture, salt, milk mixture and 3 cups of the flour. With the mixer on low, mix to combine. Add the remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time until a smooth dough forms. Mix on low for about 5 minutes more.

Scrape the dough into a lightly oiled  bowl and over with cling film. Leave to rise in a warm place for about an hour, or until doubled in size.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead briefly. Press the dough out with your hands until you have a large rectangle about 1 cm thick. Cut the dough in half length ways and then cut crosswise into 24 portions.

Preheat the oven to 180C.

Take a portion of the dough and fold the two ends in toward each other, overlapping them. Turn them over so that they are seam-side down on the prepared baking tray. They should be a snug fit. Cover again and let them to rise in a warm spot for about 30 minutes. They should be puffy and almost joined up.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Brush the tops with melted butter while still hot and serve.


  1. These look so fluffy and delicious! Bet I could eat the whole tray haha!

  2. I love making bread and this recipe is great. I shall try it as soon as possible!

  3. So cool those rolls!! They look so buttery and fluffy and yummy....yum!

  4. I'm trying not to eat too much white bread at present, but these look yummy! Lovely photos.

  5. I was fortunate enough to stay at Parker House in Boston when I was in the US several years ago. You can bet we tried the Parker House rolls (pre-gluten intolerance days, sigh...) and they were utter perfection. Now, I can bring some carby goodness to the table at my next dinner table and bring back some sweet memories too. Thanks Jen.

  6. Oh these rolls! They look amazing. Your photography is beautiful, as always.

  7. wow! looks really good! I'd die to taste it!