Parker House Roll
Parker House roll is a bread roll made by flattening the center of a ball of dough with a rolling pin
so that it becomes an oval shape and then folding the oval in half. They are made with milk
and are generally quite buttery, soft, and slightly sweet with a crispy shell.
They were invented at the Parker House Hotel in Boston, during the 1870s, and are still served there. They are often sold frozen for quick baking by bakeries such as Sister Schubert's. Fannie Farmer gives a recipe for them in her 1896 Boston Cooking-School Cook Book.
The story of their creation has several variations, but they all involve an angry pastry cook throwing unfinished rolls into the oven
, which resulted in their dented appearance. The recipe for Parker House Rolls first started appearing in cookbooks in the 1880s.