Bread Machine Parker House Rolls

Saturday 27 March 2021

Bread Machine Parker House Rolls 
Bread Machine Parker House Rolls.  I have never made any secret of the fact that I am yeast bread challenged.  For some reason when I make yeast breads the end result has always been hit and miss for me. Sometimes it works, more often than not it doesn't. 

One exception, however, has always been when I make breads in the bread machine. Bread machine rolls and loaves always turn out for me.  Often I only use the machine in the dough cycle.  That way the bread machine does all the hard work of mixing and kneading for me.  

Bread Machine Parker House Rolls 
I don't know what it is about me and bread baking. Sometimes it works out beautifully and sometimes not, but when I use the bread machine to do the dough, it always works.  I know I am not alone in that.

It may have something to do with my arthritis. I just don't have the oomph it takes to do all the mixing and kneading.  I do have success when I use the stand mixer however, so that's good. Its just when I go to do it by hand that I struggle.

Bread Machine Parker House Rolls

Its super easy to do bread doughs in the bread machine. Most machines have a dedicated dough cycle. I think you can do all sorts with these modern bread machines now. Make yogurt, cakes and all sorts.  You do everything but wash your car as my dad would say, lol.

I really need to use my bread machine more often. I say that. I know that.  And then I don't.   Note to self:  Use bread machine more often.

Bread Machine Parker House Rolls 

Parker House Rolls are a favorite dinner roll with many people.  The original recipe came from a recipe in the Fannie Farmer Cooking School book. It is said that the rolls were invented by an angry pastry chef at the Parker House Hotel in Boston. 

Legend says that he threw the rolls into the oven in anger, which resulted in the unusual folded over shape.  I don't really know how true that is, but it is fun to talk about!!

I have worked with some chef's in my day that were nasty like that.   They can be very temperamental.   Especially if they are the boss.  There are celebrity chef's  I would NEVER want to work for. Like Gordon Ramsay for instance. I was married to a Ramsay, and that was enough.  The temperament must be genetic is all I can say! 'Nuff said.

Bread Machine Parker House Rolls 

With Easter coming up next weekend, I thought you might be looking for a tasty dinner roll to serve at your holiday meal. When you are cooking for a large family meal you don't want everything to be super complicated. 

That used to really get on my pip when I worked at the Manor.  My boss always wanted everything to be super complicated. If it didn't have a bazillion steps to it, she thought there was something wrong with it.

When you are prepping 5 or 6 courses all by yourself, you don't want every single thing you are making to be complicated.  When I look back at all I did, I am amazed at how I always managed to pull it off. 

Now I am retired, I like things to be a bit easier. I am willing to pull out the stops every now and then, but if I can find an easier recipe or an easier way to do things, I am all for it.

These Bread Machine Parker House Rolls are not only are effortless to make, but they're also very quick. You can have them on your table in a couple of hours. 

Just pop them into the bread machine to make the dough, shape and then let them rise while you are getting on with the rest of your meal preparations. Easy peasy . . . lemon squeezy.

Bread Machine Parker House Rolls 

The recipe for these is one I adapted from a site called Baking Mad. You can find the original recipe here.  Its actually a pretty good site to visit if you like to bake. 

Its filled with lots of hints and tips for baking everything from cake to breads and everything in between.  They used to have a community forum where you could chat with people and ask questions, etc. but I don't think they have that section any longer.

Their recipes are usually pretty good however.

Bread Machine Parker House Rolls 
These rolls turned out beautifully. They were light and fluffy and folded very nicely. Unlike the garlic ones I made at Christmas time.  Those flew apart.  These ones magically stayed together. 

I was really pleased about that. Of course I  had to try one fresh out of the oven.  Who can resist fresh bread from out of the oven?  Not me that's who!  It has ever been so.  

If I have baked a loaf of bread my favorite part is the heel, or the end crust. My ex who was a beautiful bread baker used to bake double loaves and my favorite part on those was always the fluff, or those two pieces from where the double loaves touched together!

Bread Machine Parker House Rolls
In any case these are beautiful rolls and well deserving of being served at your holiday meal, or at any meal for that matter.  Using the Bread Machine makes them quick  and very simple to make.

I highly recommend!

Bread Machine Parker House Rolls

Bread Machine Parker House Rolls

Yield: 12
Author: Marie Rayner
Light and fluffy rolls that begin in your bread machine! Perfect!


  • 1 scant cup  (225ml) milk (7.6 fluid ounces)
  • 2 medium free range eggs, beaten
  • 5 TBS butter, melted (plus extra for glazing)
  • 2 TBS granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 1/4 cups  (450g) of strong bread flour 
  • 2 1/2 tsp easy bake yeast


  1. Put the dough ingredients into your bread maker according to the directions for your particular model. (See your manufacturers handbook.) Set to the dough cycle, and wait for it to finish.
  2. Once finished, remove the dough from the machine and roll out on a lightly floured surface to a rectangle 12 inches by 8 inches in diameter. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough lengthwise into 4 equal strips. Cut each strip into 3. This should give you 12 equally sized rectangles.
  3. Butter a baking sheet, or a 12 by 15 inch baking pan. Brush each rectangle with some melted butter. Fold in half short end to short end. Place the rolls into the greased baking pan/sheet.
  4. Cover with a tea towel and set aside to rise in a warm place, leaving until they are risen to double in size. Preheat the oven to 180*C/375*F/ gas mark 6. Glaze the rolls with some more melted butter.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown and hollow sounding when tapped on the bottom. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
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