Week 7: Parker House Rolls (United States)
Parker House rolls originated from Boston in 1854. They were created in the famous Parker House Hotel, where the first brownie was also invented.
It is said that an angry baker threw a batch of unfinished rolls in the oven, and this resulted in what we now know as Parker House rolls!
If you want, fold the Parker House rolls into a crescent shape after the dough has been proofed, as an alternative.
To do this, roll the dough into a rectangle, and use a biscuit cutter to cut out circles in the dough. Press the back of a knife into the center of the circles, and brush with some melted butter.
Then, fold each round over and brush with more melted butter. After this, continue on with the steps I have provided!
Parker House Rolls:
1 cup milk, warm in the microwave for 30 seconds
1/4 cup water, warm
1 packet instant yeast (2 1/2 teaspoons)
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
3 tablespoons melted butter
3 1/2-4 cups flour
In your stand mixer, whisk the water, milk, yeast, and sugar and let the mixture proof for 5 minutes. Then add the eggs, melted butter, and flour. Knead for 5 minutes until the dough isn't sticking to the sides of the bowl anymore. Cover and proof for an hour.
Grease an 8x8-inch baking pan with butter.
Divide the dough into 9 sections. Roll each section into a smooth ball, and place it into your prepared baking pan. Continue for the remaining sections. Cover your baking pan and proof for another hour until doubled in size.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F, and brush melted butter onto the parker rolls. Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown. Brush with more butter and sprinkle flakey salt if desired.
- The Bored Baker 👩🏽🍳