Parker House Dinner Rolls
Recipe type: Bread
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Serves: 16
  • 1 cup very warm water
  • 2¼ teaspoons dry active yeast (1 packet)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened - (1/4c. used for dough, ¼c. reserved for brushing)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (maybe ¼c. more)
  1. Bread Machine/Stand Mixer with Dough Hook Method: Add very warm water & yeast. Then add 3 cups flour, sugar, salt, egg, & ¼ cup softened butter. Start mixing.
  2. Check dough after 2 minutes. If it's too wet add up to ¼ cup more flour & continue to let it knead for 8 more minutes.
  3. Shape dough into a ball & place in a large greased bowl, turn to grease all of dough. Cover with towel. Let rise until doubled in size. About 1½ hours.
  4. Punch dough down & push dough in towards center. Turn onto lightly floured surface. Shape into ball. Cover with bowl for 15 minutes & let dough rest (so it's easier to work with).
  5. Grease a 9x13" baking dish.
  6. Divide the dough into 2 balls. Using a rolling pin or by hand flatten out the first ball of dough to form a 8"x12" rectangle. Melt butter & brush top of dough with butter. Cut the dough in half lengthwise, to make two 4” x 12” rectangles. Working with one rectangle at a time, fold it lengthwise to about ¼” of the other edge, so the bottom edge sticks out about ¼” beyond the top edge. (see photos above). Cut into 4 pieces to form 4 rolls. Now do the same with the other rectangle. Place in a greased 9x13" baking pan with the smooth (longer side) facing up.
  7. Repeat for the 2nd ball of dough. You should end up with 16 rolls total.
  8. Let rise for 40 minutes.
  9. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Brush top with remaining melted butter (you may have to microwave the remaining butter to melt it again after its been sitting).