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Delicious Sourdough Dinner Rolls Made with Sourdough Discard

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These delicious sourdough dinner rolls are the perfect way to use up your sourdough discard. Light and fluffy with a mild sourdough tang, they’re perfect for fancy meals or even for leftovers. Best, they freeze well so you can make them ahead of time for on demand rolls!

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Sourdough Dinner Rolls

After jumping on the sourdough bread bandwagon, it became apparent pretty quickly that I would need to find someway to use up the discard I manage to collect during the bread baking process. Luckily, there are lots of great ways to use sourdough discard, and these sourdough dinner rolls are just one example. 

What I love about these rolls is that they aren’t hard to make and they freeze well, so I highly recommend doubling or quadrupling this recipe and keeping them in your freezer. 

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Ingredients for these sourdough dinner rolls

Time: 20 minutes prep + 3 hours rising + 24 minutes to bake
Yield: About 16 small rolls or 8 large rolls

• 113 grams sourdough discard, room temperature (~1/2 cup)
• 227 grams milk (~1 cup)
• 345 grams all-purpose unbleached flour (~2  1/2 cups)
• 1 ½ teaspoons salt
• 2 tablespoons sugar
• 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
• 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast (or less if your starter is quite strong)
Egg Wash
• 1 large egg
• 1 tablespoon water

How to Prepare these Sourdough Dinner Rolls


Preheat oven to 350F a half hour before baking. 

Combine all ingredients from discard through yeast and mix well (either by hand or with a stand mixer) to make a soft, smooth dough. You may need to add a bit more flour or water to get the right consistency. Then, place dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise for 60-90 minutes, until it’s nearly doubled in size.

Gently deflate the dough and divide it into 16 equal pieces. It helps to measure the pieces with a food scale to get a consistent size.

Divide rolls between two 8” round greased cake pans. The rolls should not be touching. Cover and let rise until the rolls are puffy and touching, another 60-90 minutes.

baked sourdough dinner rolls in pan

Combine the egg and water and brush on top of rolls. Bake in preheated oven for 24-26 minutes, or until the rolls are light golden.

how to freeze and reheat dinner rolls

How to Freeze & Reheat Sourdough Dinner Rolls

A lot of people wonder how to freeze and reheat dinner rolls. It’s actually quite easy as long as you remember to take the out of the freezer the night before you want to serve them! To freeze these sourdough dinner rolls: simply bake rolls as directed, and then allow them to cool completely. Wrap them tightly in aluminum foil, then place inside a freezer bag. Freeze for up to one month.

To reheat these dinner rolls: take them out of the freezer the night before. Preheat oven to 300F. Loosen the foil around the rolls and place them directly on the rack. Allow to heat for 20 minutes, or until they are warm all the way through.

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Yield: 16 rolls

Delicious Sourdough Dinner Rolls

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Light and fluffy with a mild sourdough tang, these sourdough dinner rolls are perfect for fancy meals and to keep on hand in the freezer!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 113 grams sourdough discard (~1/2 cup), room temperature
  • 227 grams milk, (~ 1 cup)
  • 345 grams all-purpose unbleached flour (~2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons REAL salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350F a half hour before baking.

Combine all ingredients from discard through yeast and mix well (either by hand or with a stand mixer) to make a soft, smooth dough. You may need to add a bit more flour or water to get the right consistency. Then, place dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise for 60-90 minutes, until it’s nearly doubled in size.

Gently deflate the dough and divide it into 16 equal pieces. It helps to measure the pieces with a food scale to get a consistent size.

Divide rolls between two 8” round greased cake pans. The rolls should not be touching. Cover and let rise until the rolls are puffy and touching, another 60-90 minutes.

Combine the egg and water and brush on top of rolls. Bake in preheated oven for 24-26 minutes, or until the rolls are light golden.

Notes

My 16 pieces consistently weigh around 50 g each, but you will want to weigh your prepared dough to get an accurate measurement for your own rolls.

This recipe was adapted by by King Arthur's recipe

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16 rolls

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 155Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 254mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

Nutritional data is not always correct.

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