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I love making rolls from scratch. There is just something about fresh baked bread and rolls that feels extra special. Homemade dinner rolls taste better, too. You just can’t duplicate the texture and flavor with store bought rolls. The whole process of baking rolls brings me joy and makes it totally worth it. I use Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast because they have 150 years of experience and it’s a product I can trust and makes recipes perfect for sharing.
If you have been nervous about baking with yeast, then this post is for you. Today, I am going to show you just how easy it is to make homemade Parker House Rolls using Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast. This yeast is perfect for the beginning baker because it only requires one rise time, making it simpler and faster. If you are looking for more easy recipes made with yeast, check out my recipe for whole wheat crusty French bread, bread machine apple cinnamon rolls, and 30 minute dinner rolls.
How to make Parker House Rolls?
I’m including detailed instructions and notes below and a printable (simplified) recipe with all of the measurements at the bottom of this post.
- Start by mixing together a small amount of flour, Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast, salt, and sugar.
- Combine milk, water, and butter in a microwave safe bowl. Heat it up, 15 seconds at a time, until warm, but not hot. If the liquid is too hot, it will kill the yeast. The temperature should be between 120˚F-130˚F. The directions are also on the package of Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast.
- Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture. Mix using an electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes.
- Add another small amount of flour and mix again, this time on high, for 2 more minutes.
- Mix in the rest of the flour and mix just until a dough is formed. Keep in mind that you may not not need all of the flour. Continue adding flour just until a dough ball is formed and it’s not overly sticky.
- Knead your dough with a dough hook attached to an electric mixer for 4 minutes, or by hand on a floured surface for 6-8 minutes. The dough is done when it is no longer sticky, smooth, and elastic. If your dough is still sticking to your fingers, add a little more flour and knead for another 30-60 seconds.
- Cover the dough with a clean towel and let it rest for 10 minutes.
- Grease a 9×13 casserole dish and set aside. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- Cut the dough into 12 equal pieces and form into balls. I like to do this by flattening each ball of dough into a pancake with my fingers. Then I collect all of the edges of the dough and squish them together so it’s a ball on top. Then I put the pinched together side face down in the baking dish. Continue with the remaining dough balls.
- Cover the casserole dish filled with dough balls with a clean towel. Let it rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 30 minutes. Above the oven is a great place for this since it’s warm from preheating. Just make sure you don’t turn your stove on!
- Once the Parker House Rolls have risen, remove the towel and place in the preheated oven. Bake until golden brown on top, about 20 minutes.
- To remove from the pan, run a butter knife around the edge of the rolls and invert onto a wire cooling rack.
Let cool and serve or freeze.
When ready to bake, defrost the Parker House dough in your refrigerator overnight. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature on the counter (this counts as the rise). Bake as directed.
How to freeze Parker House Rolls?
Parker house rolls are so easy to freeze. It’s a great way to plan ahead and make them before the day of a holiday dinner. Simply bake them and let them cool to room temperature. Place the Parker House Rolls in a freezer safe plastic bag. Squeeze the air out or suck it out with a straw. Label and date the bag and place in the freezer. Freeze up to 3 months.
To defrost, place the bag of frozen rolls on the counter at room temperature a few hours before you need them. They will defrost quickly and be ready to eat.
How to freeze Parker house roll dough?
Prepare the dough into balls but do not let them rise. Arrange the dough onto a cookie sheet spaced apart so they are not touching. Freeze them for 1 hour. Remove the dough from the freezer and place them in a freezer safe plastic bag. Label and date the bag and freeze up to 4 weeks.
What to serve with Parker House Dinner Rolls?
See how easy it is to make your own buttery and soft homemade Parker House Rolls at home! This recipe also includes instructions for making ahead and freezing!
- 2 to 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 (2-1/4 tsp.) packet Fleischmann's® RapidRise® Yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup milk (any variety will work)
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Combine 1/4 cup flour, sugar, Fleischmann's® RapidRise® Yeast, and salt in a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer.
- Mix together milk, water, and butter in a microwave safe bowl. Heat on high for 15 seconds at a time until the liquid is warm, but not hot (120° to 130°F).
- Pour liquid mixture into dry mixture and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.
- Add an additional 1/4 cup flour and mix for another 2 minutes, at high speed.
- Slowly fold in the remaining flour, until a dough forms. You may not need all of the flour.
- Knead on a floured surface for 6-8 minutes. If using an electric mixer with dough hook, knead for 4 minutes.
- Kneading is completed with the dough is shiny and elasticy. If dough is still sticky, knead in an extra 1/4 cup flour.
- Cover with dough with a clean towel and let rest 10 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9x13 glass casserole dish and set aside.
- Cut dough into 12 even pieces and roll each piece into a ball.
- Arrange balls of dough inside greased casserole dish. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
- Bake Parker House Rolls for 20 minutes, until golden brown on top.
It is important to check your Fleischmann's® RapidRise® Yeast to make sure it has not expired. Expired yeast is often the reason why breads don't rise.
Amount Per Serving Calories 183Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 6mgSodium 95mgCarbohydrates 35gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 1gSugar 2gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 5g
Nutrition information is an estimate.
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