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Homemade Sourdough Dinner Rolls: A Rustic Delight

Homemade Sourdough Dinner Rolls: A Rustic Delight

There's something undeniably comforting about the aroma of freshly baked bread wafting through the air, especially when it comes to homemade dinner rolls. Today, we invite you to join us in the kitchen as we embark on a journey to create the perfect batch of Sourdough Dinner Rolls—soft, fluffy, and infused with the tangy goodness of sourdough.

As these golden-brown rolls emerge from the oven, filling your kitchen with their irresistible aroma, you'll be reminded of the simple joys of homemade goodness. Whether served alongside a hearty soup or as part of a festive dinner spread, these Sourdough Dinner Rolls are sure to become a beloved addition to your table. So gather your loved ones, break bread together, and savor the warmth of homemade comfort.

Tips for Success:

- Ensure your yeast is fresh and active by checking the expiration date and proofing it in warm water before using.

- Use a kitchen scale to accurately measure ingredients, especially flour, for consistent results.

- Let the dough rise in a draft-free, warm environment to encourage proper fermentation.

- To create a glossy crust, brush the rolls with an egg wash before baking.

- Allow the rolls to cool slightly before serving to avoid burning your mouth on hot dough.

Ingredients Overview:

- Active Dry Yeast: Essential for leavening the dough, creating air pockets that give the rolls their fluffy texture.

- Warm Water: Acts as the catalyst for activating the yeast, aiding in its fermentation process and ensuring proper dough hydration.

- Sourdough Discard: Infuses the rolls with a complex tanginess and depth of flavor, derived from the fermented sourdough culture.

- Sugar: Serves as food for the yeast, stimulating fermentation and contributing a subtle sweetness to the rolls' taste profile.

- Butter: Adds richness and moisture to the rolls, resulting in a tender crumb and buttery flavor notes.

- Salt: Enhances the overall flavor of the rolls by balancing sweetness and imparting savory undertones, while also regulating yeast activity.

- All-Purpose Flour: Provides the structural foundation for the rolls, offering gluten development that ensures proper rise and chewiness.

Tools Needed:

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Directions for Making Sourdough Dinner Rolls with a Stand Mixer:

1. Activate the Yeast: In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 177 grams (3/4 cup) warm water with one packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) of active dry yeast. Stir gently and let it sit for 5 minutes until the mixture becomes frothy, indicating that the yeast is activated.

2. Incorporate Ingredients: To the yeast mixture in the stand mixer bowl, add 142 grams (1/2 cup) of sourdough discard, 50 grams (1/4 cup) of sugar, 56 grams (1/4 cup) of melted butter, and 2 grams (1/2 teaspoon) of salt. With the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed while gradually adding 350 grams (2 1/2 cups) of all-purpose flour until a shaggy dough forms.

3. Knead the Dough: Increase the speed to medium and let the stand mixer knead the dough for about 5-7 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.

4. First Rise: Transfer the kneaded dough into a greased bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1-2 hours, or until it doubles in size.

5. Shape the Rolls: After the first rise, punch down the dough to release any air bubbles. Divide it into 8 equal portions and shape each portion into a smooth ball by tucking the edges underneath. Place the shaped rolls in a greased baking dish, leaving a little space between each roll.

6. Second Rise: Cover the baking dish with a kitchen towel and let the rolls rise for an additional 30-45 minutes, or until they have doubled in size.

7. Preheat the Oven: Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) to ensure it reaches the desired temperature by the time the rolls are ready to bake.

8. Bake the Rolls: Once the rolls have completed their second rise, brush the tops with melted butter or egg wash for a golden finish. Transfer the baking dish to the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the rolls are beautifully golden brown and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.

9. Serve Warm: Remove the rolls from the oven and let them cool slightly on a wire rack before serving. Enjoy these homemade sourdough dinner rolls warm with your favorite spreads or alongside soups and stews for a comforting meal.

With the convenience of a stand mixer, preparing these delicious sourdough dinner rolls becomes even easier, allowing you to enjoy freshly baked bread with minimal effort.


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Rise Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes

Servings: 8 rolls


- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (one packet)

- 177 g warm water (3/4 cup)

- 142 g sourdough discard (1/2 cup)

- 50 g sugar (1/4 cup)

- 56 g butter, melted and cooled (1/4 cup)

- 2 g salt (1/2 teaspoon)

- 350 g all-purpose flour (2 1/2 cups)

-1 large egg yolk (optional)

-15 g water (1 tablespoon) (optional)


1. Begin by whisking warm water and yeast in the bowl of your stand mixer. Cover the bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes to activate the yeast.

2. Add sourdough discard, sugar, cooled melted butter, salt, and flour to the bowl. Using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed for 2 minutes.

3. Increase to level 2 and knead until the dough becomes smooth, glossy, and starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. This will take around 5-10 minutes.

4. Alternatively, knead the dough by hand on a lightly floured surface for 5-10 minutes.

5. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl, cover, and let it rise at room temperature for 60-90 minutes or until doubled in size.

6. After the first rise, divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and shape each piece into a tight ball.

7. Place the rolls into a greased baking dish, spacing them according to your preference.

8. Cover the rolls with a damp tea towel and let them rise in a warm spot for 30 minutes to an hour, until doubled in size.

9. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

10. Optional: Make the egg wash by whisking an egg yolk with a tablespoon of water, then brush the tops of the rolls.

11. Bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes, or until the rolls are golden brown.

12. Remove from the oven and brush the tops with melted butter, if desired.

Nutrition (per serving):

- Calories: 215

- Total Fat: 6g

- Saturated Fat: 4g

- Cholesterol: 39mg

- Sodium: 254mg

- Total Carbohydrate: 35g

- Dietary Fiber: 1g

- Sugars: 6g

- Protein: 5g

Enjoy these homemade sourdough dinner rolls warm from the oven, perfect for any meal or occasion.

Happy Baking!

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