These Make Ahead Wheat Rolls are designed to be made the day before to eliminate any day-of chaos that comes with prepping a big meal. They’re packed with that familiar doughy, delicious Parker House Roll flavor.
- 3/4 c. whole milk
- 2 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast (or instant yeast)
- 4 tbsp. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
- 3 tbsp. cane sugar (or regular sugar)
- 1 tsp. sea salt, heaping
- 1 large egg
- 2 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/2 c. white whole wheat flour
- 1/4 c. potato starch
- 2 tbsp. salted butter, melted
- 1 tsp. honey
- squeeze of orange juice
- The day before serving, heat milk to 110°F and sprinkle yeast on top. Allow to proof or get foamy. (If using instant yeast, there’s no need to activate the yeast. Instead, make sure all ingredients are room temperature, not chilled.)
- In a medium glass bowl, melt butter. Into a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, add in butter, sugar, salt, and egg. Mix until combined. Add in yeast mixture and mix once more to combine. Reserve buttered bowl.
- In a small bowl, whisk together flours and potato starch. Slowly add in flour and begin mixing the dough on low to medium speed. Once incorporated, continue mixing for 8 minutes to develop gluten in the dough. If dough is too dry, add one tablespoon of milk at a time. Dough should feel soft but not sticky.
- Return dough to buttered glass dish. Cover and a let rise for 2-3 hours or until doubled in bulk.
- Punch down dough. Remove from bowl and cut into 12 equally sized pieces. Begin forming into balls by pulling and gathering the dough at the bottom to hide the seam. Place in a 9-inch circle pan. Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge overnight. (If baking the same day, skip the fridge, and allow to double in size, covered, at room temperature. About one hour).
- About 2 hours before serving, remove rolls from fridge and allow to come to room temperature and rise.
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Stir together butter mixture in a small bowl. Just before baking, brush butter over the tops of the rolls reserving a small amount for afterwards.
- Bake for about 17 minutes. Remove from oven and brush any remaining butter on the top. Carefully pull apart rolls and serve.
I made these for Thanksgiving and my husband and I both agree that they are the best rolls we have ever had! Making them for the third time right now, and let’s be honest, I will probably make more for Christmas. Thank you for this brilliant recipe! My children and their future children and super future grandchildren thank you too:)
The one time I tried making Parker House rolls, they were a total disaster – you’re inspiring me to try again. Hope you and that little bump are doing well! xoxo
These look delicious! Nice spin on the classic dinner roll.
A homemade roll always makes the meal more satisfying! Loving the idea of orange butter on these rolls.
These look like the perfect dinner roll. Love this idea!
You had me at orange honey butter. Wowza.
Yum. I *love* homemade rolls, and honey orange butter sounds amazing. Can’t wait to try these.
What a lovely rolls! I can imagine how good they would be the next morning, alongside a cup of tea.
I see the actual recipe…I can see the photos and your comments – but no recipe. What am I doing wrong? These look so wonderful – and I want to make them!!
Check the bottom of the post for a link. I post a recipe once a month over at Mint Design Blog. Hope you love them!
love the idea of make-ahead rolls for Easter. I made homemade rolls one year and I feel like it took up most of the day!
Yum, these sound delicious!
Can you explain what the potato starch is used for, if you happen to know? My mom wants to make these for Easter but is quite skeptical of mystery ingredients…:)
For sure! I use potato starch in most of my cake recipes. It creates a really nice crumb. I also use it in a lot of my yeasty breads with wheat flour. The wheat makes the dough pretty heavy, but adding the potato starch lightens it up without the added heaviness of more flour. You can find it most grocery stores. I typically buy Bob’s Red Mill and keep it in my freezer. Lasts forever!
Awesome, thanks so much! Can’t wait to try them this weekend!
Um, these look incredible. Totally making them for our Easter too!
These look amazing! Can smell them now! xoxo