March 10, 2010

Sourdough rolls

Last week I had a very successful venture in sourdough baking!  (Finally, thank goodness!)  I opted to make dinner rolls and they turned out beautifully -- great sourdough flavor, the trademark slightly chewy crust and a good internal texture.

Ingredients (makes 12 large dinner rolls)
  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-4 cups flour (I used 100% unbleached bread flour)

  1. Mix starter, 1 cup warm water and 1 cup flour in medium sized bowl to create the "sponge".  Let sit for 20-30 minutes, cover tightly and put in fridge for 10-24 hours.
  2. Bring to room temperature.
  3. Proof yeast in 1/4 cup warm water, using 1-2 teaspoons of sugar.
  4. Combine sponge and yeast mixture in bowl, then add remaining water and sugar, salt and olive oil.
  5. Stir in flour, adding 1/2 cup at a time until dough begins to pull away from sides of bowl and is manageable.
  6. Turn onto floured counter and knead well.
  7. Place in oiled container, cover and let rise in warm area until double in size.
  8. When doubled, punch dough down gently and form into rolls with floured hands.
  9. Arrange formed rolls on greased or parchment-lined 9x13" pan and let rise again until double.  (I covered mine with a slightly damp flour sack towel and misted the tops of the rolls periodically to ensure they didn't dry out and form a "skin" that would prevent rising.)
  10. Bake in 375 degree oven for 20 minutes.
  11. Brush with melted butter and bake another 5-10 minutes until golden brown. 

**As hard as it is, these rolls are best baked the day before they are served to let them cool completely so the flavor can fully develop.** 


Susan said...

I wished I lived close enough to just drop in on Roll night. mmmmm. :)

Lost in Space said...

Those look so good. Nice work!

pam said...

those look absolutely delicious. if you live a bit closer I'd make you bring me some.

Maybe i'll try. I do have some starter in the fridge at the moment...