Mother’s Parker House Rolls


This was Mother’s (Mae Hanks) favorite roll recipe.


  • 1 c. milk
  • 2 T. fat (butter preferable)
  • 2 T. sugar
  • ¾ t. salt
  • 3 to 3 ½ c. flour
  • 1 cake compressed yeast


  1. Add warm milk to sugar, salt, and butter.
  2. Add yeast which has been softened in a small amount of lukewarm water.
  3. Add 1/2 of flour.  Beat well and add the remainder slowly until the dough is stiff enough to knead.
  4. Knead the dough, using as little flour as possible on the board, adding only enough to keep the dough from sticking.

Make into soft dough, kneading 2 minutes.  Let rise until double in bulk.  Roll to 1/3″ thickness.  Cut rounds 2 to 2 1/2″ in diameter.  Crease middle of each round with dull edge of knife.  Brush one-half very lightly with melted butter, fold over, pressing together with palm of hand.  Place close together in uniform rows.  Let rise; when double in bulk, bake at 400 for 15-20 min.

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