Classic Soft Sourdough Rolls

These soft sourdough rolls are perfect for any occasion. Whether it’s a cozy family dinner or a festive gathering, they are sure to impress.

I added an egg wash to my rolls, but you don’t have to. They’re also tasty with melted butter and sesame seeds. I hope you enjoy this simple sourdough recipe.

close up view of fluffy sourdough roll.

Classic Soft Sourdough Rolls

Picture yourself tearing into a warm, fluffy sourdough roll. The smell of fresh bread fills your kitchen, promising a delicious meal.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rising time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 45 minutes
Serving Size 12 rolls

Ingredients 

Dough

  • ¾ cup active and bubbly sourdough starter 165 grams/ 5.85 ounces
  • ½ cup water 114 grams/ 4 ounces
  • ¼ cup milk 55 grams/ 2 ounces
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or unsalted butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour 360 grams/ 12.75 ounces

Egg Wash Topping

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions 

  • Mix the dough. To the active starter mixture, add the warm milk, melted butter, sugar, and salt. Mix well. Begin adding the all-purpose flour, a cup at a time, until you have a soft, but not too sticky, dough. You might not need all of the flour. The dough should be soft and slightly tacky to the touch.
    mixing sourdough ingredients in bowl.
  • First Rise + Stretch and Fold: Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, covering it with a damp cloth or plastic wrap. Let it rise in a warm place until it has doubled in size, approximately 4-6 hours, depending on the strength of your starter and the warmth of your kitchen. A few times during the rising process, reshape the dough into a ball by pulling from the outside. This helps build strength in the dough.
    dough being folded in bowl.
  • Shape the Rolls: Turn the dough out onto a clean surface. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Shape each portion into a smooth ball and place them on a parchment-lined or lightly greased baking sheet. For the highest-rising rolls, place them close together so they touch as they rise.
    dividing and and shaping dough into rolls.
  • Second Rise: Cover the shaped rolls with a damp cloth or lightly greased plastic wrap. Let them rise for 2-4 hours, or until they have noticeably puffed.
    sourdough rolls before and after second rise.
  • Bake. Preheat your oven to 375°F. For shiny tops, combine the water and egg and brush on top before baking. Bake for 16-19 minutes, or until they are golden brown on top. Allow the rolls to cool on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes before serving.
    fully baked shiny sourdough rolls.

Notes

The exact rising times can vary depending on the activity level of your starter and the temperature of your kitchen. Always watch the dough, not the clock!
These rolls are best enjoyed fresh, but they can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days. For longer storage, consider freezing them.

tools and ingredients you’ll need

  • Mixing Bowls: For preparing and rising the dough.
  • Baking Sheets: Lined with parchment paper for easy baking and cleanup.
  • Pastry Brush: For applying the egg wash.
  • Wire Rack: Essential for cooling the rolls after baking.
  • The kitchen scale measures ingredients, like sourdough starter and flour, with fewer dishes.

200 Pcs Unbleached Parchment Paper Baking Sheets, 12 x 16 Inch, Precut Non-Stick Parchment Sheets for Baking, Cooking, Grilling, Air Fryer and Steaming - Unbleached, Fit for Half Sheet Pans200 Pcs Unbleached Parchment Paper Baking Sheets, 12 x 16 Inch, Precut Non-Stick Parchment Sheets for Baking, Cooking, Grilling, Air Fryer and Steaming – Unbleached, Fit for Half Sheet PansTabletops Gallery Hobnail Style 4 Piece Classic White Stoneware Nesting Mixing Bowl Set for Baking and CookingTabletops Gallery Hobnail Style 4 Piece Classic White Stoneware Nesting Mixing Bowl Set for Baking and CookingElrene Home Fashions Farmhouse Living Stripe and Check Kitchen Towels, Set of 3, 17Elrene Home Fashions Farmhouse Living Stripe and Check Kitchen Towels, Set of 3, 17

 

I make these when. I want something without any extra ingredients to fuss with, so the ingredient list is as basic as they come.

  • Sourdough Starter: The soul of this recipe, a bubbly sourdough starter is crucial for that unique, tangy flavor.
  • All-Purpose Flour: Forms the structure of the rolls, providing a soft yet sturdy texture.
  • Egg Wash Topping: A simple combination of egg and water, giving the rolls a shiny, golden crust.

Tips for soft rolls

  • To get the best results, feed your sourdough starter a few times before baking day. A well-fed starter leads to lighter, fluffier rolls.
  • Dough Hydration: Pay attention to the dough’s hydration. If the dough feels too dry, don’t hesitate to add a bit more water.
  • If your kitchen is cool, you can use a proofing box or a turned-off oven. Put a bowl of warm water inside to create a warm environment for your dough to rise.
  • To enhance the taste, refrigerate the shaped rolls overnight for a deeper flavor. This not only enhances the flavor but also makes the dough easier to handle.
  • Scoring the Rolls: Before baking, you can score the top of the rolls with a sharp knife or a lame. This not only adds an artisanal touch but can also help the rolls expand more evenly as they bake.
  • To check oven temperature, use a thermometer to check if it’s at the right level. Home ovens can often be off by several degrees, which can affect baking time and quality.
  • Cooling: Resist the temptation to eat the rolls straight from the oven. Allowing them to cool on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes helps the structure set and enhances the flavor.
  • To make stiff rolls soft again, you can either heat them in the oven or microwave with water.
pulling off baked sourdough roll.

Storage and make ahead instructions

  • Room Temperature Storage: After the rolls have cooled completely, store them in an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag at room temperature. They’ll stay fresh for up to 2 days.
  • Freezing Instructions: For longer storage, freezing is an excellent option. Wrap each roll individually in plastic wrap and then place them in a freezer-safe bag or container. They can be frozen for up to 3 months. To thaw, leave them at room temperature or unwrap and heat them in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes or until warmed through.
  • Making Ahead: If you want to prepare the rolls in advance, you can do the initial mix and first rise, then shape the rolls and place them on the baking tray. Instead of the second room temperature rise, cover them and put the tray in the refrigerator for a slow, overnight rise. The next day, let them sit at room temperature for about an hour before baking as per the recipe. This not only saves time on the day of serving but also can enhance the flavor of the sourdough.

More sourdough breads and rolls:

It’s a sourdough party over here 😊.

fully baked shiny sourdough rolls.
Classic Soft Sourdough Rolls

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating