Soft and Buttery Homemade Parker House Rolls are a super fun shaped dinner rolls. Made with an easy white bread dough recipe, they are fun to make and perfectly soft. Shape these as the traditional parker house rolls, or divide the dough up and shape into classic round rolls - they are perfect either way. These rolls can be made all in one day, or you can work ahead and give the dough an overnight rise.
- One batch of white bread dough, risen and ready to use (see dough post for rising options)
- 60g salted butter, melted (if you only have unsalted that is fine, add a pinch of salt)
- Egg wash - 1 egg whisked with 1 Tbsp water
- Flaky Sea Salt to finish.
- Start with risen white bread dough. If you have done a fridge rise first, leave the dough to stand on the counter for about 30 minutes before shaping to allow it to soften slightly so it is easy to work with.
- Grease and line a 9x13" (20x30cm) pan with parchment paper, or generously butter the pan if it is non stick and you trust it.
- Melt the butter and leave it to cool slightly.
- Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured, clean work surface.
- Divide the dough into 18 equal pieces, each weighing about 45g each. To work out the exact dough weight, weigh your dough and divide that number by 18.
- Shape each piece of dough into a tight ball by tucking the edges of the dough under, and then placing it seam side down on the counter top and using your hand in a claw shape to shape the dough into a ball.
- Rest the dough balls under a clean tea towel or plastic wrap for 10 minutes to allow the dough to slightly relax.
- To shape the parker house rolls, work with one piece of dough at a time. Lightly flour your surface, then flatten a dough ball with your hand. Roll out the dough ball into a long oval, about 6" /16cm in length.
- Brush the piece of dough with the melted butter, then fold it up into a clamshell shape. Arrange in the pan - I like to do 3 rows of 6 rolls, and arrange them in vertical lines rather than doing one row at a time so I can make sure they all fit nicely (see images in blog post). I add them as I shape them, but you could also shape them all at once and then arrange in the pan if that suits you bettter.
- Repeat with the remainder of the rolls until you have arranged all the rolls in your pan.
RISING AND BAKING
- Cover the pan with plastic wrap or a lid, and leave in a warm spot for about an hour, until the dough balls are puffy and when poked gently, an indentation is left that slowly springs back. This will take more time if you have started with cold dough.
- Toward the end of the rising process, preheat your oven to 350°f / 180°c and arrange a baking rack in the middle.
- Brush the rolls with egg wash, and place in the oven.
- Bake the rolls for 25-30 minutes, until they are a deep golden brown, and register 190°f / 88°c on a digital probe thermometer.
- Remove from the oven and brush with the remaining melted butter. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt if desired.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
- Store leftover rolls in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Refresh before eating.
The recipe notes are for making the folded rolls. To shape the dough into 12 round rolls, shape as follows:
Grease and line a 9x13" (20x30cm) pan with parchment paper, or just grease with butter. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 12 equally sized pieces (each dough ball should weigh about 70g). Working with one piece of dough at a time, flatten out the dough, then tuck under the edges. Cup your hand to create a 'claw' shape, then use the tension of the counter to roll the dough into a ball. Set aside. Repeat with the remaining dough balls. Cover the dough balls with a clean tea towel or plastic wrap and leave to sit for 10 minutes to relax. Give the dough balls a quick re-roll to help tighten them up, then arrange in the pan. Follow the rising and baking instructions in the method. Brush with melted butter when baked. If you like, you can also baste the rolls with some of the butter about 15 minutes through the baking process.
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