Sunday, June 26, 2011

Parker House Rolls

This is the breakfast I made my hubby to lure him out of bed this morning. Scrambled eggs, blackberries and his creation: Toast spread with half nutella and half peanut butter. 
PS It worked! This morning visited a new church that we were both pleased with. Then he FINALLY rehung the shelf that fell down several months ago and he helped me with dishes even though I told him he didn't have too!  PPS Have I ever mentioned my love language is "acts of service." Thank you for filling my love tank hunny, I love you!

Woo Hoo! I made dinner rolls...and they were good! I love bread, it is my favorite! Most days I would chose a good dinner roll over dessert.
Parker House Rolls

1 packet of yeast
1/2 cup sugar
7 1/2 cups of flour
1 1/2 sticks of butter, plus more for brushing
2 cups of milk
2 large eggs
1 Tbsp kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
Measure 1/2 cup of water between 110-120 degrees.
Place yeast in the bottom of a bowl.
Then stir in water and whisk in sugar. Allow yeast to bloom for a few minutes.
Melt butter and allow it to cool.
Gently stir 1 cup of flour into yeast mixture.
Set aside.
In the bowl attached to your electric mixer, add cooled butter and room temperature milk.
Place dough hook on the electric mixture and turn it on low. Add the eggs to the mix.

Once blended, add yeast mixture.
Then add salt and slowly add 6 1/2 cups of flour. 
Stop mixing once dough pulls away from the bowl.
Use some softened butter to grease the inside of a big bowl.
Place dough in a bowl.
Top with towel and place in a warm spot for 2 - 2 1/2 hours. It should double in size. I usually turn the oven on low so the bowl will sit on something warm. Though once I made it too hot and the dough fell...don't do that!
Yeah it worked!
This part was WAY easier than I had imagined. Flour your work space and then turn your pour your dough out from the bowl onto the table. Use your hands to shape the dough into a 16 by 8 inch rectangle (i used a ruler).

This was the confusing part. The recipe I had said to cut into 12 strips across and then once in half. I started by cutting down the middle, which doesn't equally give my 12 strips, then I went back and forth trying to decide what do to...that is where I was at this picture. Ultimately I ended up cutting 16 strips across, sorry this picture doesn't reflect that!
Fold each strip of dough in half so the top part slightly overlaps the bottom half, then tuck the overhang underneath. Place on a greased cookie sheet seam-side down.

This recipe made 32 rolls! But you can freeze them and put them straight in the oven from frozen. I sprayed the inside of a gallon bag with PAM before placing the rolls in.
Cook the other 16 on 325 for 18-20 minutes. 

Remove from oven and brush the tops with softened butter. Then sprinkle with a little kosher salt.
I LOVE Bread!!!!

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