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Parker House Rolls - A Family Feast

Parker House Rolls

Parker House Rolls are soft, fluffy dinner rolls with a touch of sweetness and a twice-buttered top that has been sprinkled generously with sea salt.

Yield: 3 dozen rolls 1x
Prep: 3 hours 30 minutesCook: 30 minutesTotal: 4 hours


1/4 ounce dry yeast (one packet)

1/4 cup warm water 110 degrees F.

1 cup milk heated to 80 degrees F.

1/4 cup butter, room temperature

3 tablespoons honey

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 large egg, room temperature

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup bread flour

Oil for bowl

6 tablespoons butter, melted

Flaked sea salt


Dissolve yeast with warm water in a small bowl. Let sit five minutes.

Heat milk in a sauce pan or microwave to 80 degrees F.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, add warm milk, butter, honey and salt and beat with a whisk. (Can be done by hand as well).

Add egg and beat again.

Switch to a dough hook and add all purpose flour and yeast mixture and beat to combine. Add bread flour and beat again to combine.

Lower speed to medium and knead for five minutes. Or knead by hand on your counter.

Place in oiled bowl, covered and proof until double in size.

Pour dough out onto a lightly floured surface and cut dough into four pieces.

Working one piece at a time, roll into a rectangle 12X6 inches.

Cut the strip the long way into three equal strips. Cut each strip into three equal pieces so you end up with nine mini rectangles.

Butter a 9X13 inch baking pan or dish using some of the six tablespoons of butter.

Melt the remaining butter for a further step.

Brush just one half of each piece with butter then fold the dry half over the buttered half but let the top half hang over the bottom by a half inch.

Start layering each piece in the pan starting with the folded side touching the pan edge and layering the rest down the long side of the pan. Each long row will have nine pieces.

Repeat for remaining dough so you end up with four rows of nine.

Cover and proof until doubled in size, about an hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Butter the top of the rolls then bake for about 30 minutes until golden.

As soon as they come out of the oven, butter the tops with the remaining butter and sprinkle sea salt over the top.

Cool slightly then remove from pan and serve warm.

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