i should be mopping the floor: Parker House Style Herbed Pull Apart Loaf

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Parker House Style Herbed Pull Apart Loaf

This Parker House Style Herbed Pull Apart Loaf starts from simple frozen yeast rolls. 
It will be a show-stopper at any dinner table, especially during the holidays

I've been so excited to share this one with you. After tweaking a recipe from my Christmas with Southern Living 2004 book, I think we may have the perfect combination of impressive, yet easy and delicious. It would be the perfect addition to your holiday table.

I grew up on Parker House Rolls that my mom made. The traditional Parker House Roll originated at the Parker House Hotel in Boston. They are folded over, and, in our family, have butter tucked inside!

This loaf is a variation of the traditional Parker House style...allowing the folded dough rolls to stand back to back, forming a delicious pull-apart loaf. The folds are slathered with herb butter, too. Yum.

The easy part comes with the frozen dinner rolls. I use this brand, but there's lots out there. This has to be the actual dough rolls...not the convenience dinner roll variety that bake up in a few minutes. They have to rise and go through the whole process of yeast rolls to work in this recipe.

You'll need:
- 1 bag of 12 frozen dinner rolls
- 1 stick of softened salted butter
- 2 tbsp. minced onion
- 2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh thyme
- 2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh oregano
- 2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil

Combine butter, onion and herbs and mix well. Set aside while you prep the rolls.

Follow the instructions on the back of the roll package to let them thaw and rise {I use their "Quick Thaw" method, which allows them to be ready to go in about an hour...just remember to stop the process before they bake}. Once they look like the above, you're ready to go.

I'm still a kid at heart...I love to punch down dough. You'll punch {or poke} each roll down and work it into a 4 inch circle. Slather about 2 teaspoons of herbed butter onto half of a roll, and fold it over to create a half moon {you won't use all of the butter, set it aside}. Repeat with all 12 rolls. Stand each folded roll, open end up, on a cookie sheet, touching the one next to it, until all 12 are lined up back to back. Cover the loaf with a towel and allow it to rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.

Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes, until lightly browned. Slather the top with the remaining butter while the loaf is still piping hot.

The loaf easily pulls apart into individual rolls. They melt in your mouth.

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  1. How delicious looking!!! Ahh!!! What a great twist on classic rolls, love it!

  2. We LOVE bread around here. Probably too much actually. It seems to be accumulating around my hips as I get older. ;-) Anyway... I am DEFINITELY going to be making these soon!! Off to pin!!

  3. Oh my goodness - that looks soooo good! Thanks for the recipe, it's a keeper!

  4. Oooh, soft buttery bread is my weakness! I could eat the entire yummy loaf myself...not joking!

  5. Love the recipe! Can we feature your on our Facebook page? :) socialmedia@rhodesbread.com

  6. Oh my, these look incredible! Thanks for the recipe. Can't wait to try them!
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

  7. This looks so delicious! I pinned this to make for Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing.
    I can't wait to try it.


  8. oh my goodness! These sound so good, I actually have those rolls in the freezer right now. I need to get some fresh herbs. Your photography is AMAZING :)

  9. I love when easy and totally awesome come together! Of course these are being pinned and shared on FB as soon as I clean the drool off my chin

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  10. Wow! Looks soooo good! Would love it if you shared this on my Wednesday blog hop. Please ?????
    This looks so delicious! Will you please stop by my blog hop on Wednesday to share it?

    Ducks ‘n a Row

  11. Oh goodness, this looks delicious!