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.”
For more Parker House history and famous visitor stories, including President Kennedy’s famous proposal to Jacqueline Bouvier at Table 40, please visit our Parker’s Restaurant page.
Today we thank Zagat, USA TODAY and decades of guests, as we share with you the recipe for the equally-iconic Parker House Rolls. We hope you enjoy serving this piece of Boston history at your table on the most special of occasions.
Parker House Rolls
This recipe has been scaled down from a bulk recipe.
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
In a large bowl, combine 2 1/4 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 degrees F to 130 degrees 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 degrees F.) until doubled, about 1 1/2 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 degrees F.
In 17 1/4-inch by 11 1/2-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 2 3/4-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.
Best of luck to all of you in recreating this piece of culinary history. Of course, if you’d rather leave the creation and experience to Parker’s Restaurant, JFK and Jackie’s table awaits. Omni Parker House Room Packages – Parker’s Restaurant