As far as dinner rolls go, Parker House rolls are the only ones I know of that have their very own special name. They were invented at the Parker House Hotel in Boston in 1855 (this was the same hotel that invented Boston Cream Pie, BTW. Man, what a chef!). Parker House rolls are characterized by their extra buttery dough, toasty exterior and signature “pocket” that makes it easy to apply more butter to the insides table-side and also easy to tuck leftover turkey or ham slices in them to make tiny sandwiches.
This recipe was adapted from the Fanny Farmer cookbook. If you want to use shortening instead of butter (I really don’t know why you’d want to do that) you may. The rolls can also be baked on two baking sheets and arranged so that they are not touching if you want more crispy exteriors. Don’t skimp on the melted butter glaze before and after baking, though. That’s kind of a deal breaker.
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