Are you looking for the perfect roll for your next meal or holiday dinner, these Simple Parker House Dinner Rolls are it! They are a straight dough method, meaning everything gets thrown in together and mixed. Also, a second rise is not needed in this recipe, so that cuts quite a bit of time off!
What Is A Parker House Roll
What is a Parker House Roll? It is named after the lovely Boston hotel we can also thank for creating the Boston cream pie- big thank you! These are a rich roll, using plenty of butter, eggs, and honey. They can be folded in a variety of ways, but I used the easiest. Where the traditional rolls use just butter in the middle, I went with a honey butter. Not just in the middle, but also glazed on the top for baking . Another modification is I made the recipe using half wheat flour. All of these elements come together to create a beautiful and fluffy whole wheat dinner roll!
Mixing The Parker House Roll Dough
This recipe is made with a method called the straight dough method. It is the easiest way to make the dough. Everything is mixed together at once. A lot of dough recipes can be hard to make, but not this one. Start by activating the yeast. That means you add the yeast to your warm milk and honey. This takes about 3 minutes. So I get this in the bowl, then gather everything else I need for the recipe. My Bosch mixer is my workhorse and I use it ALL the time. If you are in the market for a great mixer, check out Bosch!
Now, throw everything into the mixer and start mixing. I have a Nutrimill Grain Mill I love, it was what I used to grind my wheat. If you don’t have a grain mill, King Arthur has great white wheat that is also good quality! If you are concerned the rolls won’t taste as good as a white roll, I promise you, these will be. The white wheat has a much milder flavor, and people rarely notice there is wheat in them at all.
Mix the dough for about 6-8 minutes until it smooth and ready.
Cover and allow it to rise. I love the Bosch lid for this. It snaps on and keeps all the heat and moisture in, allowing for a quick rise.
Forming the Parker House Dinner Rolls
Now the dough has risen, roll it to a rectangle.
Cover and let the dough rest for t 5 minutes. Don’t skip this step. If you give the gluten a chance to rest, it is so much easier to work with. You don’t, and it will keep pulling in on you. You can cover with saran wrap or a dishtowel.
Fold the rolls over, making sure the top is a little longer than the bottom so it folds over and will stay.
Baking The Parker House Rolls
One thing that makes these rolls is there isn’t a second rise. After they are rolled and ready to go, preheat your oven, then put them in. Bake them until they are a golden brown.
The Finished Simple Parker House Dinner Roll
I love the simplicity, flavor, and shape of these rolls. Wouldn’t they make a great dinner roll for your holiday table? You will find following the simple steps in this recipe, you will be able to make them easily as well.
You might worry without the second rise, they wouldn’t be light and fluffy. Not true. They are still fluffy and delicious.
I like to drizzle mine with even more honey. I mean, can you ever have too much honey on a good soft dinner roll?
I love these rolls with a delicious loaded salad like this Autumn Kale Salad. Or if you want something really light to serve it with, how about this Fall Fruit Salad? Maybe you are looking for a cozy soup? Let me recommend this hearty beef barley or even a southwestern lentil soup?
Simple Parker House Dinner Rolls
- 1 1/2 cups warm milk this should feel just warm to the touch, don't heat it too much. I pop it in the microwave to heat mine, but you can also do it on the cooktop.
- 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast This is one packet of yeast
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 eggs
- 6 tablespoons melted butter You can also use a nuetral oil here if you prefer
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup potato flakes this is optional, but a really good addition.
- 2 cups whole wheat flour I used a white wheat for this as my family loves the milder flavor
- 2-3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour This will be a variable, start with the 2 cups, and add more as needed
Honey Butter For Brushing Rolls With
- 4 tablespoons melted butter
- 4 tablespoons honey
- Add milk, yeast, and honey to your stand mixer. You can also do this by hand. Add to a bowl. Mix and allow the yeast to activate. Depending on the temp in your house, this should take 3-7 minutes. The yeast will start to get a little frothy. Now, add in eggs, salt, potato flakes, butter, whole wheat flour, and 2 cups of all-purpose flour. Mix for about 1 minute on medium. Check the dough.You want it to be a little tacky (sticky), but not too sticky. Add 1/2 cup as needed. Mix again another 30 seconds-1 minute. Once the dough has enough flour, mix for about 6-8 minutes on medium speed until you get a nice smooth dough. Cover the dough and allow to rise until doubled. It is time to shape your rolls! Line 2 baking sheet with parchment and set aside. Roll your dough to a 12×24 inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Cover your dough with saran wrap or a dishtowel. Let it rest for about 5 minutes. Don't skip this step, the dough needs to relax before cutting! Mix your melted butter and honey for the honey butter. Brush on the dough. Cut into rectangles about 2×4 inches. You can go bigger if you prefer, but this is the size we like. Fold the rectangles over each other, making the top longer than the bottom, as shown in the post. Place each roll on the baking sheets. You can either bake these side by side, or you can space them about 2 inches apart. This depends on the look you are going for. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.Brush the tops with the remaining honey butter mix. Place in oven. They don't really get a second rise, other than they preheating time. Bake until they are a beautiful golden brown!Remove from oven. They are wonderful served warm, or you can allow them to cool. They really are best the day of baking, but also really great for up to 2 days later. Remember to wrap tightly and leave at room temp. Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!!