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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thursday Recipe - James' Parker House Rolls

My husband makes these every Thanksgiving. He uses every cookie sheet in the house. Every surface in the kitchen ends up covered in flour and butter and dirty dishes. It's a huge mess, but he cleans it up and the rolls are delicious. I just stay away while he's cooking so I don't say something stupid.

James' Parker House Rolls

2 T. dry yeast or 2 pkg yeast
2 c. warm water or milk, very warm bathtub temperature
1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 t. salt
1/2 c. shortening
6 c. flour
1/4 c. butter, melted

Dissolve yeast in water. Set aside. It should start to foam after a few minutes. If it doesn't, your yeast may be old or the water is too cold.

In a separate bowl, mix sugar, eggs, and salt. Add flour and yeast mixture. Stir until it forms a soft dough. Mix in shortening. Knead gently until everything is well mixed. Add more flour if needed to keep it from sticking.

Cover with a dish towel. Let rest for 15 minutes.

Roll it out about 1/4 inch thick. Spread melted butter over the top. Cut into circles, fold in half, and place on a greased cookie sheet. Cover and let rise for 2 hours, until doubled in size. Brush with more butter if desired.

Pre-heat oven to 400°. Bake 10-15 minutes, just until golden brown. Watch closely! They burn easy.

Serve hot with more butter, honey, jam, or whatever you like on fresh rolls.