Omni Parker House: Parker House Rolls


Restaurant: Omni Parker House
Dairy: margarine or butter, egg
Seasonings: salt
Other: flour, sugar, active dry yeast, 
Cooking Method: oven

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Chef's Notes:
1. This recipe has been scaled down from a bulk recipe.
2. Zagat’s reviewers reported the “glorious” restaurant in Omni Parker House is “the only place to go for Parker House Rolls and Boston Cream Pie,” and Parker’s is “where the elegance of another era thrives via old-time, pricey New England eats, beautiful, formal digs and wonderful service. If you’re looking for something innovative, go elsewhere, but to experience a piece of incredible history, this is the spot.”

Ingredients: 
6 cups all-purpose flour (about)
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 packages active dry yeast
1 cup margarine or butter (2 sticks), softened
1 large egg

Procedure:
In a large bowl, combine 2¼ cups flour, sugar, salt, and yeast; add 1/2 cup margarine or butter (1 stick). With mixer at low speed, gradually pour 2 cups hot tap water (120° F to 130° F.) into dry ingredients. Add egg; increase speed to medium; beat 2 minutes, scraping bowl with rubber spatula. Beat in 3/4 cup flour or enough to make a thick batter; continue beating 2 minutes, occasionally scraping bowl. With spoon, stir in enough additional flour (about 2 1/2 cups) to make a soft dough.

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes, working in more flour (about 1/2 cup) while kneading. Shape dough into a ball and place in greased large bowl, turning over so that top of dough is greased. Cover with towel; let rise in warm place (80° to 85°F.) until doubled, about 1½ hours. (Dough is doubled when 2 fingers pressed into dough leave a dent.)

Punch down dough by pushing down the center or dough with fist, then pushing edges of dough into center. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead lightly to make smooth ball, cover with bowl for 15 minutes, and let dough rest.
Preheat oven to 400°F.

In 17¼-inch by 11½-inch roasting pan, over low heat, melt remaining 1/2 cup margarine or butter; tilt pan to grease bottom.
On lightly floured surface with floured rolling pin, roll dough 1/2 inch thick. With floured 2¾ inch round cutter, cut dough into circles. Holding dough circle by the edge, dip both sides into melted margarine or butter pan; fold in half. Arrange folded dough in rows in pans, each nearly touching the other. Cover pan with towel; let dough rise in warm place until doubled, about 40 minutes.

Bake rolls for 15 to 18 minutes until browned.




Hotel/Inn/Resort: Omni Parker House
Recipe Type: Authentic 
Recipe Author: Omni Parker House
Original Photograph By: 
Photograph Retouched By: Recipe Spy
Recipe Source: https://www.omnihotels.com/blog/zagat-iconic-parkers-restaurant-parker-house-rolls/

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