Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sourdough Sandwich Rolls

We just had a delivery of a beautiful baby girl on Monday morning so easy lunches are in order! These sourdough sandwich rolls are so easy to bake in advance and then freeze for later use. Just pull them out of the freezer on the morning you want to use them and you're ready to go!

Our new little Princess
They're also great because it's grilling season and nothing makes a burger better than putting it on your own homemade bun. The sourdough in these rolls is the perfect combination with any burger flavor you can come up with. Just a little tang and of course, as I mentioned in previous posts you can adjust the strength of the sourdough flavor by how long you let it rise. If you like it light follow the directions as listed below with just two quick rises. If you like it stronger, let it sit in the fridge overnight for the first rise before forming into the rolls. I love them both ways.

I've heard from a few of you that are experimenting more with yeast doughs and I hope you're including sourdough too! Red Star Yeast has asked that I go through a few of their recipes for you so this is one recipe of three that I'll be sharing with you in the coming weeks. Besides just the recipes they do have some other great resources on their web site for you as you're trying these out.  One of my favorite resources is their great description of different yeast types and when to use them.You'll also find lots of hints and great discussions going on over at their Facebook page!

Sourdough Sandwich Rolls
courtesy Red Star Yeast

2 1/4 teaspoons Red Star Active Dry Yeast
3 cups bread flour, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup sourdough starter
1 egg, room temperature

Combine yeast, 1 cup flour, and other dry ingredients. Combine water and oil; heat to 120º to 130ºF.

Combine sourdough starter, dry mixture, and liquid ingredients in mixing bowl with paddle or beaters for 4 minutes on medium speed. Add egg and beat 1 minute. Gradually add flour and knead with dough hook(s) 5 to 7 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until dough tests ripe.

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; punch down to remove air bubbles. Divide dough into 8 pieces. On lightly floured surface, shape each piece into a smooth ball. Place on greased cookie sheet. Flatten to a 4-inch diameter. Cover; let rise until indentations remains after touching. With sharp knife, make an “X” on the top of each roll. (If desired, brush with GLAZE: Combine 1 egg and 1 TBSP water. Brush tops of rolls.) Bake in preheated 400º F oven 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet; cool.

Disclosure: I was compensated for writing and photographing this post by Red Star Yeast. All opinions are my own.

You can also see some other great bread recipes here!


  1. I love sourdough, but have never made any bread using the name. I will defiantly have to change that.

    These look delicious and so does the Little Princess.

  2. any recommendations on sourdough starters??

    1. Natalie, you can make your own starter from a recipe like this one:

      I use this starter that I got from King Arthur Flour:

  3. Gorgeous rolls, and your new little Princess is beautiful. Congratulations to you & your family! -Linda@RSY

  4. Oh my goodness...these rolls are beautiful, but not even close to as beautiful as your little girl - congratulations!! And these buns are marked to try, for sure. =)

  5. Congratulations, Matt! These rolls look amazing!

  6. Congrats!!

    These rolls are beautiful!

  7. Congrats on the new little bundle! So precious. Your buns are super tasty too :)

  8. I am going to make these. I may have to make then a little bigger and use them as soup bowls!

  9. Those are truly gorgeous rolls. So happy for your family, congratulations, she is precious.

  10. These look amazing Matt! Congratulations again on the newest addition to your beautiful family!

  11. I don't see any reviews for these buns, which is unfortunate because they're excellent! They take very little hands-on time to prepare and are a great way to use up discarded starter. The recipe didn't indicate if the starter should be fed before using, but mine was active after being at room temperature for about 4 hours so I didn't feed it. I kneaded the dough by hand for about 10 minutes until it passed the windowpane test. The dough rose quickly. I have a tendency to let dough over-proof in the second rise, so was careful not to do this with these buns and they had great oven spring. The buns had a lovely hard crust when they first came out of the oven, but the crust softened when they cooled.

  12. Looking forward to try em now. Will post the results and reactions of my family. Thanks. :)

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