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Cornmeal Parker House Rolls

My mom deserves the credit for making this recipe a family tradition. These sweet tender rolls have been on every holiday table at her house for as long as I can remember. —Lisa D. Brenner, Harrisburg, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Optional: Olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the sugar, cornmeal and salt. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; cook and stir for 5-10 minutes or until thickened. Cool to 110°-115°.
  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add eggs and cornmeal mixture. Beat in enough flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; roll out to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. biscuit cutter. Brush with melted butter.
  • Using the dull edge of a table knife, make an off-center crease in each roll. Fold along crease so the large half is on top; press along folded edge. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter. Remove from pans to wire racks. If desired, serve with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts: 1 roll equals 137 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 122 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.
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  • Zenasis
    Dec 23, 2018

    Lots of flavor. Stayed moist for the next day also.

  • Newfiecook
    Apr 15, 2008

    Remove the cornmeal and you can use the roll dough as bread loaves.