This recipe for Sister Schubert's Parkerhouse Rolls, by Sister Schubert, is from The Rushton Family Cookbook ,
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1 pkg. active dry yeast 1/2 c. warm water (105 to 115 deg.) 5 c. sifted all-purpose flour, divided 1/2 c. sugar 1 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 c. shortening 2 lg. eggs, lightly beaten 1/2 c. butter, melted 1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
Combine yeast and warm water in a 2-cup liquid measuring cup; let stand 5 minutes. Combine 4 cups sifted flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Stir in yeast mixture and shortening. Add eggs and remaining 1 cup sifted flour. Stir vigorously until well blended. (Dough will be soft and sticky.) Brush or lightly rub dough with some of the melted butter. Cover loosely; let rise in a warm place (85º) free from drafts, 1/2 hours or until doubled in bulk. Grease 4 8-inch round cake pans; set aside. Sift 3/4 cup flour in a thick layer evenly over work surface; turn dough out onto floured surface. (Dough will be soft.) Sift 1/2 cup flour evenly over dough. Roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness; brush off excess flour. Cut out dough, using a floured 2-inch biscuit cutter. Pull each round into an oval, approximately 2 1/2 inches long. Dip 1 side of oval into melted butter. Fold oval in half with buttered side facing out.For each pan, place the folds of 10 rolls against the side of prepared pan, pressing center fronts of rolls together gently. Place 5 rolls in inner circle and 1 roll in center for a total of 16 rolls per pan. Cover loosely and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk. Preheat oven to 400º. Bake rolls, uncovered for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly brown. Makes 64 rolls.
Sister Schubert reduced her commercial recipe and shared it with the Montgomery Advertiser in 1996 when she promoted the sale of her cookbook. Sister sold her business to a commercial company several years ago. This kitchen makes nearly 200,000 rolls every day. Many grocery stores and restaurants carry them. I hope Sister will not mind my sharing this recipe with the Rushton cookbook. Most of us will buy the rolls to save time. Submitted by Billie Jo Riley