Parker House Rolls
Posted by LladyRusty at anonymous May 9, 2001
Source: Heritage Of America Cookbook - Better Homes and Gardens
Note: "Boston's Parker House was an instant success when it opened in 1855 because it introduced a radical concept; diners could eat there when they pleased, not just at specified hours. These soft yeast rolls that look like little purses are associated with this famous hostelry."
3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup milk
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 egg yolks
In a large mixing bowl combine 1 1/2 cups of the flour and the yeast; set aside.
In a medium saucepan heat and stir the milk, sugar, butter and salt just until warm (120 to 130 degrees F) and butter almost melts. Add to the flour mixture. Then add the 3 egg yolks. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed for 30 seconds, scraping the sides of the bowl. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.
On a lightly floured surface, knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6 to 8 minutes total). Shape into a ball. Place in a greased bowl; turn once to grease surface. Cover; let rise in a warm place until double (about 1 1/2 hours).
Lightly grease baking sheets. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with a 2 1/2-inch round biscuit cutter, dipping the cutter into flour between cuts. Brush with melted butter. To shape, use a wooden spoon handle to make a slight off center crease in each round. Fold large half over small half, overlapping slightly. Press folded edge firmly. Place 3 inches apart on the baking sheets. Let rise in a warm place until nearly double (about 30 minutes).
Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden. Remove rolls from baking sheets and cool on a wire rack.