Sourdough Rolls

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Follow these hints for the softest, fluffiest Sourdough Rolls. This easy homemade dinner roll recipe gets its flavor from sourdough.

I am so intrigued by homemade sourdough and am far from an expert, but I’ve been enjoying using up the starter that I’ve been learning on…and these sourdough rolls are coming just in time for the holidays!

9x13 pan of golden brown sourdough rolls

Does sourdough bread taste sour?

Have you ever wondered what exactly sourdough tastes like? Is it sour? Well, yes it is slightly sour. I actually consider it more “tangy” than sour. To some extent you can control the “sourness” of your sourdough bread. How long you ferment the starter and when the starter was actually started can all play a part in the flavor of the bread. You can also add a touch of sugar to take down the “tang” level.

This sourdough roll recipe is a lazy sourdough. You still use yeast which means you don’t have to give it hours and hours to rise. That also means that this recipe will not have a super strong sourdough flavor. It is, however a great way to use up sourdough discard. You do not have to use bubbly, active sourdough in this recipe!

It’s important to note that each sourdough starter can taste slightly different. Some will be stronger than others. So just keep working at it to find one (or buy one) that you like.

How to Make Sourdough Starter

As I said, we are just learning the ins and outs to making sourdough starter. We’ll keep updating our posts as we learn new tips and tricks, but you can read how we get our starter going in this post.

The Best Yeast for Rolls

We often get asked why our sourdough breads have yeast in them. Isn’t that the point of sourdough…to not use yeast? True artisan sourdough bread does not have yeast. This is a recipe you can use some of that sourdough discard in when yeast is readily available.

I love Red Star® Platinum Superior Baking Yeast®. No this isn’t sponsored (although I have worked with Red Star in the past)…I just LOVE their yeast. The Platinum Superior yeast gives the best rise and the best results every time. I highly recommend it!

pastry brush brushing egg wash on top of unbaked sourdough rolls

How do you make homemade sourdough rolls?

This is one of the easiest yeast bread recipes I make. We like to use the stand mixer to mix and knead yeast dough, but don’t worry if you don’t have one. You can knead the dough by hand. Or if you’re lucky and have a bread machine, knead the dough using the “dough” setting. That is the easiest yet!

Here are a few hints:

  • I already talked about our hint for the yeast. Try Red Star Platinum yeast. Trust me.
  • Be sure that your water isn’t too hot when you add the yeast. It should be around 110-115 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • These rolls rise twice, so be sure to plan ahead for that.
  • We use all purpose flour because we like soft rolls. If you’d like a chewy dinner roll, you can use bread flour.
  • We normally use granulated sugar in this recipe, but we’ve also used coconut sugar and honey. Choose whichever you’d like.
  • Use eggs that are at room temperature so it doesn’t affect the yeast.
  • Also make sure your sourdough starter is at room temperature. It does not have to be active.
  • Add the flour slowly! The exact amount you need will depend on everything from the sourdough starter to the temperature/humidity outside. If you add too much, your rolls will be dry.
hand holding tall, fluffy sourdough rolls

How do you keep bread rolls warm?

This is our favorite way to keep rolls warm:

  • Heat dry rice or beans in a cloth bag or kitchen towel. Do this right before serving.
  • Take the cloth of rice or beans and place it in the bottom of the bread basket. Then line the basket with a pretty towel.
  • Place the rolls in the basket and use any extra cloth material from the towel to cover the rolls.

How do you reheat sourdough rolls without drying them out?

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. You can place the rolls on a baking sheet and brush them with butter (this prevents them from drying out). Warm them for 5-7 minutes (or for as long as it takes to heat them). You can also wrap the rolls in foil, then place them in the oven. This method works great for reheating and is so easy!

overhead shot of golden brown rolls

Other Sourdough Recipes

12 sourdough rolls in a white baking pan
12 sourdough rolls in a white baking pan

Sourdough Rolls {with Sourdough Discard}

4.74 from 201 votes
Follow these hints for the softest, fluffiest Sourdough Rolls. This easy homemade dinner roll recipe gets its flavor from sourdough. 
Servings 12
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rise Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 package Red Star Platinum Baking Yeast (2 ¼ teaspoons)
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sourdough starter (at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 cups all-purpose flour (slightly adjust this based on differing starters)

Egg Wash:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions
 

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, pour in the warm water and sugar.
  • Sprinkle the yeast over the water. Allow it to sit for 2-3 minutes. *Be sure the water isn’t too hot. It should be about 110-115 degrees Fahrenheit.)
  • Add the eggs, oil, starter and salt. Mix gently until combined. Note: The starter does not have to be active. It can be sourdough discard.
  • Add 3 cups of flour and mix the dough using the beater blade until combined. At this point, add more flour, ¼ cup at a time. I've found that sourdough starters are often varying in consistency, sometimes thicker or thinner than other times. Add enough flour so that the bread dough feels slightly tacky. It should not feel dry, but yet shouldn't stick all over your hands. We find that 3 ½ cups of flour works great with our starter. The dough will get less sticky as you knead it, so be careful not to add too much flour at the start!
  • Knead the dough using the dough hook on the stand mixer for about 7 minutes or until the dough feels smooth, springs back if you touch it and doesn’t feel too sticky. *You can also use the dough setting on a bread machine to knead the dough…or knead by hand! Just be careful not to add too much flour.*
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with cheesecloth or loosely with plastic wrap and set it in a warm spot. Allow the dough to rise for 1 hour or until doubled.
  • Divide the dough into 12 balls. (Or if you want smaller rolls, make 15.)
  • Roll the dough between your hands to make a smooth ball, then place the dough balls in a greased 9×13 baking pan.
  • Allow the dough to rise again until almost doubled.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together one egg and one tablespoon of water. Brush this egg wash on the tops of the unbaked rolls. This gives them that shiny golden brown top.
  • Bake the rolls in an oven preheated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes.
  • Serve the rolls warm and store any leftovers in an airtight container.

Notes

 
The calories shown are based on the recipe making 12 rolls, with 1 serving being 1 roll. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 206mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 2.1mg
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Calories 216
Keyword dinner roll recipe, homemade rolls, how to make dinner rolls, sourdough bread

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Nina
1 year ago

5 stars
Did by hand, my choice eveHn though I have Cuisinart. All directions went exactly as described. I used all but 2 tsp of 3 1/2 cups of flour. Hubby and I both agreed these rolls are fantastic and delicious! Wholeheartedly recommend this recipe. Take not that Lizzy’s bread recipes call for 1 cup of sourdough, a great way to utilize and not waste. Thank you so much Lizzy’.

Linda
1 year ago

5 stars
Awesome is how I would describe these. Have you tried substituting some of the AP flour with whole wheat?

Alyce koslosky
1 year ago

Best recipe EVER! Ty

Elizabeth
1 year ago

Is there a make-ahead cheat, perhaps after they are shaped?

Jeanne
1 year ago

5 stars
FANTASTIC! So easy. So tasty. I would recommend more salt though. Will definitely make again. Thank you!

Jenifer
1 year ago

I used half bead flour and half all purpose flour. These rolls turned out AMAZING! They were HUGE and fluffy! My family loved them! Their only recommendation was to add more salt next time.

Barbara Donahue
11 months ago

5 stars
Great recipe-I made them larger as I wanted to use them for my black bean burgers. Perfection! Next time I think I’ll try it overnight without the yeast as suggested by another post.

Sarah
11 months ago

Can you use this same Recipe for Bread?

Lois Hansen
11 months ago

4 stars
I made a loaf from this recipe and it was pretty, but bland. The next time I made it, I substituted 1 cup of freshly ground wheat berries and upped the salt to 2 teaspoons. I punched the dough down for a second rising as well. It was much better with those adjustments.

Susy
11 months ago

5 stars
My first time making sourdough rolls and they are DELICIOUS. So insanely fluffy and soft.
I added about 1/4 cup extra active starter, and omitted the yeast entirely. Did the first rise over night, and the second for 2 hours. Definitely had a sour taste from the long first rise.
Thank you!

Lisa K
11 months ago

Delicious! I had some somewhat active starter and some questionably active dry yeast, so I used them together. I did sub melted salted butter (no unsalted) for the oil like a previous commenter did. I also added an extra 1/4 tsp salt. I let them proof overnight in the fridge and then let them rise for about 2 1/2 hours on the counter, as the house was a little cold. I decided to make the 12 rolls in a 9X13 glass pan and had to bake an extra three to four minutes for my oven. They were DELICIOUS!!! They didn’t… Read more »

Maria Perno Goldie
11 months ago

Can the rolls be frozen after being baked?

Cindy
11 months ago

5 stars
These turned out great – i mixed and kneaded by hand as I am out on vacation/camping. They are as light as they look and would make great sliders!

Cora
10 months ago

5 stars
I was so happy with how these turned out. My boys basically ignored the delicious soup I slaved over so they could gobble these up. Keeping this recipe!!

Jo S.
9 months ago

5 stars
Great recipe! Came together so easily and the directions are great. These rolls are big if you make 12. For dinner size, 15 would be good. They taste so good.