sourdough rolls

Hi folks, it’s Mr. Hey Big Splendor. This week, we started finalizing our Thanksgiving menu and we realized we didn’t have a good sourdough roll recipe.  It struck me that it was time to feed my sourdough starter so I figured why not try making a sourdough roll?! Here’s my recipe for sourdough rolls for Thanksgiving. (This is a first draft of this recipe.  If I update it in the future, I will add that update to this post.)

I use the sourdough starter recipe from Ken Forkish’s book “Flour Water Salt Yeast”.  If the hydration of your starter is different you will need to adjust the recipe.


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Sourdough Roll Ingredients

Sourdough Roll Recipe

  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1.25 tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup of sourdough starter
sourdough rolls texture

How to make sourdough rolls for Thanksgiving

1: Combine flour and water. Mix by hand. Autolyse for 30-60 mins

**autolyze is simply letting your flour and water rest after you combine them before you add your yeast and salt. 

2: After autolyze add salt and sourdough starter. Pull the edges of the dough over the new ingredients and combine using the pincher method

** The pincher method is a method of comping your ingredients by squeezing them.  Basically, you’ll grab a hold of your dough and squeeze it like you’re ringing out a sponge. If your dough is sticky you will want to wet you have with warm water. do this several times to get a good mix.

3: This dough needs 2 stretches. I suggest 30 mins and 60 mins approximately.

** To stretch your dough, reach under and grab about a quarter of the ball and stretch it over the top.  do this all the way around the dough. This helps with the final structure

4: Let the dough rise 8-12 hours depending on the heat of your space.

5: Separate the dough into 12 equal parts and shape into balls (without pressing out all of your gas). Place on a cookie sheet and cover. Depending on the temperature of your space, let them rest for 1-2 hours.

6: While the rest, preheat the oven to 475.

7: After the rest lightly tent the rolls with foil and bake for 15 mins

8: After 15 mins remove the foil and bake for 10 mins, checking in on them at the minute mark

If you’re just starting to bake bread, here’s Everything You Need to Bake Bread. Need a loaf of bread in a hurry? This Beer Bread Recipe is easy, delicious and ready in under an hour.

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