Easy Parker House Rolls
1 1/4 c Milk; scalded
3 ts Sugar
2 ts Butter or regular margarine
3/4 ts Salt
2 pk Active dry yeast;
2 ts Active dry yeast; bulk
1/4 c Lukewarm water; 110 deg. f.
4 1/2 c Unbleached flour
2 ts Butter or margarine; melted
Pour the scalded milk over the sugar, 2 tbls of butter and salt in a mixing bowl. Cool to lukewarm. Sprinkle the yeast over the lukewarm water and stir to dissolve. Add 2 cups of flour, and the yeast mixture to the milk mixture. Beat, with an electric mixer on medium speed, until smooth, about 2 minutes. Gradually add enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough, then cover and let rest for 15 minutes. Knead the dough a few times on a lightly floured surface until it is no longer sticky and roll out to a 1/2-inch thickness. Cut into rounds, using a floured biscuit cutter. Brush the rounds with the remaining 2 Tbls of melted butter and crease each roll in the center with the dull edge of a knife. Fold the rolls over on the crease and press the edges together lightly. Place on greased baking sheets and cover. Let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about 30 minutes. Bake in a preheated 400 degree F. oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the baking sheets and cool on wire racks.
NOTE: These rolls are almost a must at the Holiday dinners coming up shortly.
Restaurants and most older cooks make it a tradition to serve them.