Parker House Rolls – The BEST homemade dinner rolls because they’re so light, airy, fluffy and practically melt in your mouth! They have a wonderful buttery flavor that will make them an instant family favorite at your next holiday gathering or make them for a special meal! 

Parker House Rolls - The BEST homemade dinner rolls because they're so light, airy, fluffy and practically melt in your mouth! They have a wonderful buttery flavor that will make them an instant family favorite at your next holiday gathering or make them for a special meal! 

Parker House Rolls Recipe

These homemade Parker house rolls are the end all and be all of dinner rolls! The texture of the rolls is extremely light and airy. These big and fluffy rolls practically melt in your mouth. 

I based my recipe on a Bon Appetit recipe but rather than using shortening, I used butter and it was a great choice because you can really taste the butter not only on top but throughout the roll itself.

I garnished the rolls with a sprinkle of Maldon sea salt I highly recommend topping them with some kind of coarse salt like kosher.

Parker House Rolls - The BEST homemade dinner rolls because they're so light, airy, fluffy and practically melt in your mouth! They have a wonderful buttery flavor that will make them an instant family favorite at your next holiday gathering or make them for a special meal! 

That salty crunch just adds a little extra pop to the rolls that we loved.

Parker house rolls are the perfect addition to your table, whether it’s a holiday like Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s.

Or simply make them for a time when you’re craving homemade dinner rolls. 

You will be surprised just how easy these rolls are to make! It’s a simple yeast dough with two rises, similar to what you’d find in most dinner rolls or yeast doughs.

Parker House Rolls - The BEST homemade dinner rolls because they're so light, airy, fluffy and practically melt in your mouth! They have a wonderful buttery flavor that will make them an instant family favorite at your next holiday gathering or make them for a special meal! 

Ingredients In Parker House Dinner Rolls

To make these homemade Parker house rolls, you will need to have the following on hand:

  • Active dry yeast 
  • Water 
  • Whole milk
  • Unsalted butter, divided
  • Granulated sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • Large egg, room temp, lightly beaten
  • All-purpose flour
  • Vegetable or canola oil
  • Maldon sea salt, for garnishing

Parker House Rolls - The BEST homemade dinner rolls because they're so light, airy, fluffy and practically melt in your mouth! They have a wonderful buttery flavor that will make them an instant family favorite at your next holiday gathering or make them for a special meal! 

How To Make Parker House Rolls

Begin by adding the yeast to a small bowl and adding warm water. Wait 5 to 10 minutes and the yeast will bloom, meaning a film or foam will appear on top. 

Separately, warm the milk and then add it to a bowl with the butter, sugar, and Kosher salt. 

Pour the yeast mixture into the milk mixture, add the egg, and whisk before adding the flour. A very sticky dough will form.

Turn the dough out onto a floured countertop and knead it until you have a smooth ball. Transfer your dough ball into an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and wait for it to rise until doubled in size, ranging from 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes. The time usually depends on how warm your kitchen is and the warmer it is, the less time generally needed.

Parker House Rolls - The BEST homemade dinner rolls because they're so light, airy, fluffy and practically melt in your mouth! They have a wonderful buttery flavor that will make them an instant family favorite at your next holiday gathering or make them for a special meal! 

Brush melted butter into a 9×13-inch baking dish or pan and set it aside.

Meanwhile, punch down the risen dough, and then roll it out to about 1/2-inch thick.

Parker House Rolls - The BEST homemade dinner rolls because they're so light, airy, fluffy and practically melt in your mouth! They have a wonderful buttery flavor that will make them an instant family favorite at your next holiday gathering or make them for a special meal! 

Using a biscuit cutter, cut out 15 circles of dough. 

Parker House Rolls - The BEST homemade dinner rolls because they're so light, airy, fluffy and practically melt in your mouth! They have a wonderful buttery flavor that will make them an instant family favorite at your next holiday gathering or make them for a special meal! 

Make a small indent in the top of each circle of dough using a skewer or chopstick.

Parker House Rolls - The BEST homemade dinner rolls because they're so light, airy, fluffy and practically melt in your mouth! They have a wonderful buttery flavor that will make them an instant family favorite at your next holiday gathering or make them for a special meal! 

Brush each dough circle with melted butter, fold the dough over using the indentation you made as a guide, place the dough into the prepared pan, cover the pan, and allow the dough to rise again until doubled, this time for 60 to 90 minutes.

Parker House Rolls - The BEST homemade dinner rolls because they're so light, airy, fluffy and practically melt in your mouth! They have a wonderful buttery flavor that will make them an instant family favorite at your next holiday gathering or make them for a special meal! 

Bake the rolls, immediately brush with additional melted butter, and sprinkle with Maldon before serving your beauties.

Parker House Rolls - The BEST homemade dinner rolls because they're so light, airy, fluffy and practically melt in your mouth! They have a wonderful buttery flavor that will make them an instant family favorite at your next holiday gathering or make them for a special meal! 

What Kind Of Yeast To Use in Parker House Dinner Rolls

This recipe calls for active dry yeast. You will need 2 1/4 teaspoons, which is the size of one typical packet of yeast.

I have not tested the recipe with instant dry yeast so cannot comment if it will work or not.

Parker House Rolls - The BEST homemade dinner rolls because they're so light, airy, fluffy and practically melt in your mouth! They have a wonderful buttery flavor that will make them an instant family favorite at your next holiday gathering or make them for a special meal! 

The Best Flour For Fluffy Parker House Rolls

I recommend sticking with the all-purpose flour I called for in the recipe.

Bread flour will make them tougher. Conversely, cake flour simply doesn’t have enough gluten to allow the rolls to rise properly.

Parker House Rolls - The BEST homemade dinner rolls because they're so light, airy, fluffy and practically melt in your mouth! They have a wonderful buttery flavor that will make them an instant family favorite at your next holiday gathering or make them for a special meal! 

 

Can I Make These Dinner Rolls Gluten-Free

I have never experimented making gluten-free yeast doughs of any kind so can’t offer firsthand suggestions.

However, my hunch is that unfortunately the gluten from the all-purpose flour gives these rolls their light and fluffy texture and you won’t achieve the same results with gluten-free flours.

Parker House Rolls - The BEST homemade dinner rolls because they're so light, airy, fluffy and practically melt in your mouth! They have a wonderful buttery flavor that will make them an instant family favorite at your next holiday gathering or make them for a special meal! 

Can I Make Parker House Rolls In Advance

I have never tried prepping this dough in advance. The only possible thing that may work and I don’t know since I haven’t personally tried, is to make the dough and get it kneaded and into the greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place it in the fridge. This would be through Step 13 as the recipe is written below.

Overnight is the absolute longest I would stretch it. As in, make the dough before bed, and plan to bake these off for a midday meal, at the latest, the next day. 

Parker House Rolls - The BEST homemade dinner rolls because they're so light, airy, fluffy and practically melt in your mouth! They have a wonderful buttery flavor that will make them an instant family favorite at your next holiday gathering or make them for a special meal! 

Tips For The Best Parker House Rolls

The dough when putting them together is EXTREMELY sticky. At first, I thought it was a mistake but after kneading the dough it came together so beautifully and was awesome to work with. You know a great dough when you see one and this one is something special. 

I suggest really resisting the temptation to add more flour because you will loose the wonderful light and airy texture they have.

However, that being said, all climates, brands of flour, yeast, and so forth vary and if you’re having an absolutely impossible time with sticky dough that just will not come together, go ahead and add another 1/4-cup or so of flour and take it from there.

Parker House Rolls - The BEST homemade dinner rolls because they're so light, airy, fluffy and practically melt in your mouth! They have a wonderful buttery flavor that will make them an instant family favorite at your next holiday gathering or make them for a special meal! 

Parker House Rolls - The BEST homemade dinner rolls because they're so light, airy, fluffy and practically melt in your mouth! They have a wonderful buttery flavor that will make them an instant family favorite at your next holiday gathering or make them for a special meal! 
Yield: 15

Parker House Rolls

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 42 minutes

Parker House Rolls - The BEST homemade dinner rolls because they're so light, airy, fluffy and practically melt in your mouth! They have a wonderful buttery flavor that will make them an instant family favorite at your next holiday gathering or make them for a special meal! 

Ingredients

  • 2 & ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast (or one packet)
  • 1/4 cup warm water (water temp 105-110°F)
  • 1 cup warm whole milk (milk temp 120°F)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, divided
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg, room temp, lightly beaten
  • 3 & ½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable or canola oil
  • Maldon sea salt, for garnishing

Instructions

    1. Place the yeast into a small bowl. Warm the water in a small saucepot or in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl until it reaches 105-110°F. Take the temperature with a food thermometer; don't guess because too cool and the yeast won't bloom and too hot and you'll kill it.
    2. Pour the water on top of the yeast and stir it a couple of times with a fork to combine. Let sit on the countertop for about 5-10 minutes until the yeast blooms, meaning a foamy film will appear on the top of the water.
    3. While waiting, in a separate small saucepot or microwave-safe bowl, and heat it to 120°F.
    4. While the milk is warming place ¼ cup of the butter (dice it into 6-8 pieces to allow it to melt easier) into a large heatproof bowl.
    5. Add the sugar and kosher salt on top of the butter.
    6. Pour the warm milk into the bowl with the butter, sugar, and salt. Whisk to combine. Note that the butter will
      mostly melt but if there are a few small pieces floating around that is okay.
    7. Pour the yeast mixture into the milk and butter mixture. Whisk to combine.
    8. Add the beaten egg and whisk well to combine.
    9. Add the flour to the bowl and using a large spoon, stir vigorously until a very sticky dough forms and there are no dry or wet patches left.
    10. On a clean work surface (likely this will be your kitchen countertop), dust it generously with flour.
    11. Turn the dough out onto the work surface and dust the top with flour.
    12. Knead the dough by hand for 5-7 minutes or until the dough turns into a smooth dough ball. You may need to dust the top and bottom of your work surface a few more times with flour* (See Notes Below).
    13. Drizzle the oil into a large bowl and make sure the oil coats the sides. Place the dough ball into the bowl and turn it around in the oil to make sure it is lightly coated. Place plastic wrap on top of the bowl.
    14. Allow the dough to rise until it has doubled its size about 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes (generally the warmer your kitchen is, the less time it takes to double). Tip - I suggest not cleaning up your work surface because you will need to use it again to assemble the rolls.
    15. Melt the remaining ¼ cup of the butter in a small bowl, and using a pastry brush, brush a 9x13 baking dish or pan with just enough of the butter to coat the dish; set aside.
    16. Once the dough has doubled, take the plastic wrap off of the bowl. Punch down the dough so it deflatess.
    17. Turn it out onto your floured work surface. Dust the top of the dough with flour. Dust a rolling pin with flour and roll it out to about ½-inch thick, or slightly less.
    18. Taking a 2 ¾-inch round biscuit cutter, cut out circles from the dough. You may need to press the remaining dough scraps together and roll it out again until you get 15 circles.
    19. Next, make an indentation down the center of the dough circle. You can use a skewer for this or you can use a chopstick as I did. I simply laid it flat in the center and pressed lightly. You don't need to press down very firmly or go very deep.
    20. Taking the rolls one by one, brush the top of each with a little bit of the melted butter.
    21. Fold the roll over itself using the indention you made as a guide. Place the folded roll into the greased baking dish. Continue with the remaining rolls, noting you will have 4 rows of 3 rolls in the baking dish when you are done. Make sure the rows are not touching; rather they should be evenly placed and spaced throughout the baking dish.
    22. Cover the baking dish again with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled again, about 60 to 90 minutes for this second rise.
    23. While the rolls are nearing the end of the second rise, preheat the oven to 350°F.
    24. Before baking, take the plastic wrap off the baking dish and then bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. Keep a close eye on them; these are best not overbaked in the least!
    25. After baking, immediately baste the rolls with the remaining melted butter and sprinkle with Maldon flake sea salt. Serve immediately. Rolls are best warm and fresh but will keep airtight at room temp for up to 4 days.

    Adapted from Bon Appetit

Notes

*The dough when putting them together is EXTREMELY sticky. At first, I thought it was a mistake but after kneading the dough it came together so beautifully and was awesome to work with. I suggest really resisting the temptation to add more flour because you will loose the wonderful light and airy texture the rolls have.

However, that being said, all climates, brands of flour, yeast, and so forth vary and if you’re having an absolutely impossible time with sticky dough that just will not come together, go ahead and add another 1/4-cup or so of flour and take it from there.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

15

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 133Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 122mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g

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