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Easy Sourdough Dinner Rolls

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These Easy Sourdough Dinner Rolls are a great compliment to any meal with their fluffy texture and delicious sourdough flavor. These best part is you can make them same day or do a long ferment to have them on your table.

In the good ole days Sunday dinners were a special time where family and friends gathered over an extra special meal to enjoy one another’s company. To break bread and gather on the Lords day. A day meant for rest, God and fellowship. It was often a roast or whole baked chicken style meal reserved for a day when you had the extra time to spend in the kitchen. A dessert might have been made up as well to be served after further signifying the meal was that much more special. Sunday dinners, also give me the image a basket of warm rolls set out on table wrapped in a napkin to keep warm. Passing them around the table making sure all the guests had received at least one.

Dinners rolls add a bit extra to a meal almost the same way serving a dessert after one does. You know the meal is special when anyone had gone the extra mile to prepare these items. These sourdough dinner rolls might have been a recipe often used for occasions such as this. I find myself trying my best to keep a Sunday dinner alive in the way that I serve something a little out of the ordinary and at times include that all important dessert. These sourdough dinner rolls often make an appearance too as I keep my sourdough starter bubbling away on my countertop almost daily. Making things like pancakes during the week, our weekly bread loaf and of course these sourdough dinner rolls for Sunday dinner.

What I Love About This Recipe

Although for this recipe I have made the addition of an active yeast along side the sourdough starter just for those days you didn’t plan to make them. In this way you can have a quick sourdough dinner roll and if you did plan ahead, you can just leave the active yeast out all together. Then allow your sourdough dinner roll dough to rise on the countertop overnight as you would anything else made with your starter. its completely up to you. I love the flexibility of being able to long ferment or not and still have a homemade delicious dinner roll for my Sunday dinner table.

What You Will Need To Make Easy Sourdough Dinner Rolls

3 cups (370g) of all purpose flour

1 cup (240g) fed sourdough starter

1 packet or 2 1/4 tsp (7g) of fast active yeast

2 tbsp sugar (25g)

1 tsp (6g) sea salt

1 cup (240g) water

To Brush Rolls Before Baking

Use Either:

Milk wash: 1 tbsp (15g) milk

or

Egg wash:

1 egg

1 tsp water

Directions

In a large bowl. Combine the flour, water, yeast, salt and sugar. Allow to sit for an hour with a tea towel draped over the bowl to cover. This is for a quicker dinner roll, if you would like to make a fermented sourdough dinner roll you can simply allow the dough to sit overnight and omit the active yeast altogether. When the dough is ready whether fermented overnight or done quickly with the use of active yeast. Flour a surface.

Heat oven to 350℉/177℃.

When ready, and place dough on the floured surface to be rolled out.

Roll out to about 1 inch thick

Cut the dough evenly into 8 equal pieces. Roll each pie into a small roll type ball.

Place in a cast iron skillet or baking dish.

Repeat until all 8 pieces are in your preferred baking dish or skillet.

Choose either a milk wash or an egg wash (above) and brush each roll to lightly glaze the top of each roll.

Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes.

brushing egg wash onto sourdough dinner rolls

Serve warm.

easy sourdough dinner rolls in a cast iron skillet
sourdough dinner rolls in a cast iron skillet

Baking Notes

  • This is for a quicker dinner roll, if you would like to make a fermented sourdough dinner roll you can simply allow the dough to sit overnight and omit the active yeast altogether.
  • I like to use a cast iron skillet to bake mine but you can use a baking dish or baking sheet just the same.
  • These sourdough dinner rolls make a delicious dinner roll made up as a side but also work well as little sandwich rolls for quick lunches.

Benefits Of Sourdough

Of course we love the taste but sourdough is actually a healthier alternative to eating regular breads such as white or wheat loaves. The lower phytate levels in sourdough makes for an easier to digest food and results in a better more nutritious bread.

It is a good alternative for those who are sensitive to gluten as the sourdough is a fermented food that has a bacteria to yeast composition that works on breaking down the starches found in the grain before it’s even eaten. Sourdough is also known as a prebiotic food that simply put, will help keep your gut bacteria healthy.

FAQ For Easy Sourdough Dinner Rolls

Why the addition of active yeast?

You don’t have to use the active yeast if you are able to plan your dinner rolls ahead of time. Simply skip adding it and allow the sourdough dinner roll dough to rise overnight so that it has had enough time to rise properly for use. I added the active yeast into this recipe for days you didn’t plan ahead and would still like to serve a delicious sourdough dinner roll. Which happens me to me quite often.

Can I leave out the sugar in this recipe?

Yes, I often leave it out myself. For this recipe I wanted it to a traditional dinner roll except one that is made with the use of a sourdough starter. Traditional dinner rolls often have a bit of a sweetness added to them. You can even add a tbsp of honey instead if you would like to sweeten you dough without the use of sugar.

What is a “fed” starter?

A “fed” starter simply refers to the starter being active which involves removing it from the fridge and feed it with equal parts water/flour. Then allowing it to sit out on the countertop for a minimum of 4 hours so that it can become active. You will know your starter is ready for use when you see it nice and bubbly.

If you try this recipe and love it, I would love it if you would come back and give it 5 stars!

easy sourdough dinner rolls in a cast iron skillet

Easy Sourdough Dinner Rolls

Yield: 8 rolls
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

a delicious fluffy, sourdough roll that you can make up quick or long ferment

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (370g) all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp (25g) sugar
  • 1 tsp (6g) sea salt
  • 1 cup (240g) fed sourdough starter
  • 1 cup (240g) water
  • Use Either:
  • Egg Wash :
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp (5g) water
  • or Milk Wash:
  • 1 tbsp milk

Instructions

    1. In a large bowl. Combine the flour, water, yeast, salt and sugar.
    2. Allow to sit for an hour with a tea towel draped over the bowl to cover. (This is for a quicker dinner roll, if you would like to make a fermented sourdough dinner roll you can simply allow the dough to sit overnight and omit the active yeast altogether. When the dough is ready whether fermented overnight or done quickly with the use of active yeast.) Flour your work surface.
    3. When ready, place the dough on the floured work surface to be rolled out.
    4. Heat oven to 350℉/177℃. Roll out to about 1 inch thick.
    5. Cut the dough evenly into 8 equal pieces.
    6. Roll each pie into a small roll type ball.
    7. Place in a cast iron skillet or baking dish.
    8. Repeat until all 8 pieces are in your preferred baking dish or skillet.
    9. Make an egg wash or milk wash (above) and brush each roll to lightly glaze the top of each roll.
    10. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes. Serve warm.

Notes

*For a baking dish you can use any glass baking dish in place of the cast iron skillet

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 234Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 7g

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