Astor House Rolls

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 47m
Ready In

"This is New York's version of the Boston "Parker House roll," soft, chewy dinner rolls that, according to nineteenth-century guidebooks and diaries, were served warm, wrapped in a white napkin in restaurants from the beginning of the Delmonico era to the roaring Nineties."

Original recipe yields 12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (90 g)
  • Calories 286.6
  • Total Fat - 14.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 8.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 37.8 mg
  • Sodium - 335.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 33.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.1 g
  • Sugars - 1.7 g
  • Protein - 5.1 g
  • Calcium - 34.3 mg
  • Iron - 0.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Dissolve the yeast in the warm water in a small bowl. Stir in the pinch of sugar. Set aside to proof until foamy, 3 minutes. (If the yeast doesn't bubble up, discard the mixture and start again with fresh ingredients.)

Step 2

Combine the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, the flour, and salt in a large bowl. Stir. With a pastry blender or 2 forks, cut 6 tablespoons of the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal. Stir in the milk and yeast mixture, and mix until the dough forms a coarse ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

Step 3

Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth, about 10 minutes. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside to rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Step 4

Butter 2 baking sheets. Turn out the dough onto a floured board and roll out 1/2-inch thick. Using a floured glass or biscuit cutter, cut out 24 rolls. Place on the prepared baking sheets, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside to rise for 30 minutes.

Step 5

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400-degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 6

Cut the remaining 8 tablespoons butter in 24 pieces. Flatten each roll with the palm of your hand. Place a piece of butter on one side, fold the roll over into a half-moon shape, and pinch to seal. Repeat with the remaining rolls.

Step 7

Place the rolls 2-inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake until golden, about 18 minutes. Cool slightly on a wire rack.

Step 8

Makes 2 dozen.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Great rolls - we made about 30, so kept out 8 for dinner and froze the rest for another day. We will be making these buttery rolls again. Thanks for sharing!

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(8 Oct 2016)