August 05, 2016
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"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."
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400-degrees Fahrenheit.
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.
Place the rolls 2-inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake until golden, about 18 minutes. Cool slightly on a wire rack.
Makes 2 dozen.
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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!