Bobby Flay’s Parker House Rolls Review
Parker House Rolls are light, fluffy and crispy on the outside with a tender, chewy interior. Originating in Boston, they’re also commonly referred to as “pocketbook rolls.”
These buttery buns have been around since the 1800s, and were a favorite of patrons at Parker House Hotel (now Omni). Not only are they easy to make at home, but if you don’t like traditional-shaped breads, these buttery treats make an excellent substitute.
These amazing cupcakes are made with a classic honey butter spread and then brushed with more while warm. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner – you must give these a try!
This recipe is adapted from Bobby Flay’s book, which you can find on Amazon. It’s a straightforward affair that utilizes a stand mixer for most of the hands-off work. Plus, it’s simple enough to prepare ahead and freeze before baking so you always have these on hand!
Measure flour accurately for these delicious rolls; without a kitchen scale, results may not be as consistent.
This recipe utilizes milk for its richness and moisture, making it the ideal choice if you want the finest roll.
Salt in the dough plays an essential role in these buns’ texture and flavor. Some tasters preferred saltiness in this recipe, while others thought it added too much and was overpowering.
Sugar content of the dough plays a significant role in its success; some recipes used more sugar than others, but overall they all performed admirably when it comes to sweetness.
I appreciated that some of the recipes in this round included whole wheat flour, as it’s an effective way to add more fiber and nutrition without making the dough too dense. This was particularly evident with Joy the Baker roll which featured a great blend of white and whole wheat flours.
This roll was praised for its nutty, yeasty flavor and golden crust; however, some found the crumb to be dry and crumbly. Furthermore, there was a significant amount of buttermilk in the recipe which some tasters noted as having an off-putting “tart” or sour note.
These rolls can be prepared ahead of time and baked just before serving. Alternatively, you can freeze them after baking to reheat at any time.
Prepping rolls before baking can save you a lot of time in the morning, so it’s worth taking that extra step. You could even refrigerate them overnight for an overnight rise and bake them when ready.