Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Bread "Winner" and a Turkey Tip

I made these Parker House Rolls! I am so excited and proud. I have never made a real bread product from scratch before. It was so rewarding! {Cheesy though it may sound--it WAS!} The recipe must be GREAT because I have never worked with yeast before and these turned out near perfect!

They were REALLY, REALLY good and relatively easy. {See the shiny stuff on top? That's melted butter. Just wanted you to know} I will share the recipe in case you have a few extra minutes or hands around this week. These would be a great addition to any Thanksgiving meal--well worth your trouble.

***If you're not interested in this but are in charge of the turkey, keep scrolling!

Some Lady's Grandmother's Parker House Rolls
(That I altered a bit)

1 cup whole milk
2 pkg. dry yeast
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
4-1/2 cups bread flour
more melted butter {oh, yeah!}

Warm the milk in a small saucepan over low heat. Use a thermometer to make sure it is between 100-110 degrees F. I gather this is VERY important. Mix 1/3 of the milk with the dry yeast in a small bowl Make sure the yeast is completely dissolved into milk--should be a smooth consistency. Let sit until bubbly, about 15 min. In a large bowl, combine remaining milk, melted butter, salt and sugar and beat until the sugar is dissolved. Then add the beaten eggs and bubbly yeast.

Add flour, 1/4 cup at a time, beating on high speed of stand mixer. This step should take at least 5 minutes. When the dough gets too stiff to beat, stir in rest of flour by hand, if necessary, to make a soft dough. Turn out onto floured surface and knead until smooth and satiny, a couple minutes. Place dough in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Punch down the dough and roll out on floured surface to 1/2" thickness. Cut with 3" round cookie cutter. Brush each roll with melted butter and fold in half (butter inside) to make half circles. Pinch edge lightly to hold, so the rolls don't unfold as they rise. Place in 2 greased 13x9" pans, cover, and let rise again until double, about 45 minutes.

Bake rolls at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan immediately and brush with more melted butter. Don't use the same butter you used when forming the rolls - melt some fresh just for this step. Makes 24 rolls

Turkey Tip
If you are making a turkey for Thursday then you do yourself {and your family} a HUGE favor and watch this video! It shows you the best way to carve a turkey for optimum moistness. You won't regret it! I promise.


  1. oh, i don't make the turkey the DH does, but we canadians have already had thanksgiving - going to get him to watch the video for xmas though :D

  2. Oh man, I looooove making bread, I will absolutely be trying this recipe!!


  3. Okay, since I am on WW and cant eat bread.....I just drooled over your pics for a few mins. They look so yummy! Congrats on your first batch! And Im leaving the turkey to the professionals (in other words......My mom! lol)
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Oh and thank you for making the holidays fun with all the tips/ideas you post on your blog. I look forward to reading them

  4. These sound wonderful. I am going to make these, won't be for Thanksgiving...But I will try them soon. Sound like a great compliment for my homemade veggie beef soup. thanks for sharing this. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!