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Parkerhouse rolls in a cast iron skillet with a bowl of melted butter in the foreground and a pastry brush.

PARKER HOUSE ROLLS MADE WITH SOURDOUGH

These are the quintessential dinner roll. For extra “wow” points, make sure you bake them in a cast-iron skillet. They are amazing made with some ancient grain flour mixed in... my favorite is Kamut. Make sure your starter was fed 2-3 hours before starting this recipe.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Resting Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 55 minutes
Servings: 12 rolls
Calories: 271kcal
Author: Carolyn Thomas

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup sourdough starter (fed 2-3 hours beforehand)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 8 Tbs butter, melted (divided)
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 3/4 cup white flour (divided)

Instructions

  • Begin by putting the buttermilk, 4 tablespoons of butter, honey, and salt into a small pot. Cook on low until the honey dissolves and butter melts. (Make sure that the mixture doesn’t get hotter than 100° F. )
  • Pour the buttermilk mixture into a large bowl. Add the eggs and the sourdough and mix until smooth. 
  • Set 1⁄2 cup of flour aside and add the remaining 3 1⁄4 cups to the bowl. Mix until you have a stiff, tacky dough. 
  • Dust a clean work surface with the reserved ½ cup flour and knead the dough until it is smooth and pliable, then form it into a ball and put it into a clean, greased bowl.
  • Cover the bowl and set it in a warm place for 2 hours. 
  • Butter a 9×13 glass pan or a large cast-iron skillet.
  • Punch down the dough and divide it into 12 equal portions. Form each portion into a ball and set it in the baking dish.  
  • Once all 12 rolls are formed, cover the dish and let them rise for 2 hours in a warm place, or until the rolls are level with the top of the baking dish.
  • Preheat the oven to 350° F and melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter. Brush the tops of the rolls with about half of the butter. 
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the rolls are golden brown, then take the rolls out and brush them with the rest of the butter. 

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Nutrition

Serving: 1roll | Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 487mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 306IU | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg
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