Sourdough Dinner Rolls Recipe From Scratch

These sourdough dinner rolls are the perfect side for any holiday meal including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Their soft texture paired with the slight tang of sourdough creates a roll to die for. These dinner rolls are better than any premade version you’ll find in the store!

plate of dinner rolls and a stick of butter with a knife to spread
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Sourdough Dinner Rolls Recipe Inspiration

One of my favorite sides for holiday meals is dinner rolls spread with butter. With Thanksgiving and Christmas quickly approaching, I decided to make a healthier from scratch recipe to replace store-bought. Instead of processed additives, these rolls are full of wholesome ingredients and gut health benefits. What’s not to like?!

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Full of gut health benefits from the sourdough starter
  • Easy and simple to make same day
  • They’re soft and fluffy just like bakery rolls
  • Wholesome ingredients and the from-scratch recipe protect your health
  • Costs pennies to make this recipe
plate of rolls and butter with a spreading knife
Source: Plum Branch Home

Tips to Make the Best Rolls

  • Don’t skip the 6 minute kneading step, this develops the dough
  • Allow the dough to bulk ferment for at least 4 hours
  • Don’t skip over the second rise right before baking

Sourdough Dinner Rolls Ingredients

  • fed sourdough starter (fed 4-12 hours before using)
  • avocado oil (or softened butter)
  • sea salt
  • unbleached all-purpose flour
  • milk (dairy or dairy-free)
  • melted butter for brushing tops

How to Make Soft Sourdough Dinner Rolls

  1. In a big mixing bowl, combine sourdough starter, softened butter, and milk.
  2. Add salt and flour, mix until a dough forms and everything is combined.
  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead by hand or with a bread hook attached to a mixer for 6 minutes.
  4. Place the kneaded dough in a clean bowl, cover it with a towel.
  5. Let it sit at room temperature for 10-12 hours to bulk ferment (needs to double in size).
  6. Once the bulk ferment is done, divide the dough into 8 similar-sized pieces and roll them into balls.
  7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the dough balls slightly touching each other.
  8. Cover the baking sheet with a kitchen towel and place in the fridge for 2-24 hours.
  9. Preheat the oven to 400°F and bake for 16-18 minutes.
  10. After baking, brush the rolls with melted butter and place them on a cooling rack. Enjoy!

Sample Baking Schedule

  1. Morning/Early Afternoon:
    • 10:00 AM: In a big mixing bowl, combine sourdough starter, softened butter, and milk.
    • Add salt and flour, mix until a dough forms and everything is combined.
    • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead by hand or with a bread hook attached to a mixer for 6 minutes.
    • Place the kneaded dough in a clean bowl, cover it with a towel.
    • Let it sit at room temperature for 10-12 hours to bulk ferment (needs to double in size).

Day 2:

  1. Morning/Early Afternoon:
    • 8:00 AM: Once the bulk ferment is done, divide the dough into 8 similar-sized pieces and roll them into balls.
    • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the dough balls slightly touching each other.
    • Cover the baking sheet with a kitchen towel and place it in the fridge for 2-24 hours.
  2. Evening:
    • 6:00 PM: Preheat the oven to 400°F.
    • Bake the rolls for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. After Baking:
    • Brush the rolls with melted butter and place them on a cooling rack.
    • Enjoy warm or at room temperature!

This schedule allows for the necessary fermentation time and chilling period to develop flavor while also making it convenient for baking the rolls fresh when desired.

Kitchen Tools To Make This Recipe

platter of baked dinner rolls
Source: Plum Branch Home

How to Store

Store baked dinner rolls in an air-tight container for up to 2 days at room temperature or 4 days in the fridge.

How to Make Ahead and Freeze

To make these dinner rolls ahead of time you can either complete the entire recipe and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. Or you can make the dough, bulk ferment, shape, and complete the second rise then freeze the risen dough before baking. Unbaked dough will last in the freezer for 1-2 months.

soft rolls in a platter
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Sourdough Dinner Rolls Recipe FAQ

  • Are these dinner rolls healthy? Yes! Not only is this recipe from scratch and made with wholesome ingredients. It also has sourdough cultures, which provides beneficial gut health.
  • Do I have to use softened butter or can I use melted? Yes, softened butter is a must for the dough not melted.
  • Does it matter if I use unsalted or salted butter? It doesn’t matter which one, either will work.

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Soft Sourdough Dinner Rolls

Molly LaFontaine
These sourdough dinner rolls are the perfect side for any holiday meal including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Their soft texture paired with the slight tang of sourdough creates a roll to die for.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Bulk Ferment + Second Rise 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 36 minutes
Course Appetizer, Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine Sourdough
Servings 8 rolls

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup fed sourdough starter (fed 4-12 hours before using)
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil (or softened butter)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk (dairy or dairy-free)
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter for brushing tops

Instructions
 

  • In a big mixing bowl, combine sourdough starter, softened butter, and milk.
  • Add salt and flour, mix until a dough forms and everything is combined.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead by hand or with a bread hook attached to a mixer for 6 minutes.
  • Place the kneaded dough in a clean bowl, cover it with a towel.
  • Let it sit at room temperature for 10-12 hours to bulk ferment (needs to double in size).
  • Once the bulk ferment is done, divide the dough into 8 similar-sized pieces and roll them into balls.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the dough balls slightly touching each other.
  • Cover the baking sheet with a kitchen towel and place in the fridge for 2-24 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and bake for 16-18 minutes.
  • After baking, brush the rolls with melted butter and place them on a cooling rack. Enjoy!

Notes

Sample Baking Schedule

  1. Morning/Early Afternoon:
    • 10:00 AM: In a big mixing bowl, combine sourdough starter, softened butter, and milk.
    • Add salt and flour, mix until a dough forms and everything is combined.
    • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead by hand or with a bread hook attached to a mixer for 6 minutes.
    • Place the kneaded dough in a clean bowl, cover it with a towel.
    • Let it sit at room temperature for 10-12 hours to bulk ferment (needs to double in size).
Day 2:
  1. Morning/Early Afternoon:
    • 8:00 AM: Once the bulk ferment is done, divide the dough into 8 similar-sized pieces and roll them into balls.
    • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the dough balls slightly touching each other.
    • Cover the baking sheet with a kitchen towel and place it in the fridge for 2-24 hours.
  2. Evening:
    • 6:00 PM: Preheat the oven to 400°F.
    • Bake the rolls for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. After Baking:
    • Brush the rolls with melted butter and place them on a cooling rack.
    • Enjoy warm or at room temperature!
This schedule allows for the necessary fermentation time and chilling period to develop flavor while also making it convenient for baking the rolls fresh when desired.
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  1. 5 stars
    These are soft and delicious! I like these better then the store.
    I used the tip to freeze some of these for later.
    If they last for late 😁