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Parker House Rolls

Parker House Rolls,

At the Parker House Hotel in Boston, along about 1875, you could have dinner across from Charles Dickens and enjoy the hotel's signature dishes - Parker House Rolls and Boston Cream Pie. Uploaded by

If you’d been a visitor to Boston in the second half of the nineteenth century, chances are you might have desired a room at the new Parker House Hotel, one of the city’s finest. The rooms were delightful, the service, top-notch. You might have bumped into some of the literary lights who frequented the hotel – Charles Dickens, Longfellow, Holmes. But if you were honest with yourself, you’d admit the hotel had a competitive edge over any of its competition – those sumptuous rolls served with dinner. Parker House rolls.

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Stories differ on how the rolls came to be, but everyone acknowledges that they came into being sometime in the early 1870s. The first printed recipe for them showed up in the April, 1874 issue of the New Hampshire Sentinel. (The same hotel also created that decadent dessert Boston Cream Pie.)

Crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, buttery all around. They often make an appearance at Thanksgiving, but really, is there any day of the year when delicious bread isn’t welcome at your table?

It's easy to share with friends.