My first adventure with sourdough was making dinner rolls. Starting with having my sister make them for me years ago I, as an arrogant young man, thought, “Well if she can do that so can I.” She wrote out the recipe for me, gave me a starter and off I went. I will admit I was scared to death attempting it on my own. But then a wonderful thing happened. That grand old yeasty mixture almost guided me in making wonderful dinner rolls on my very first attempt. Over the years I have made them countless times for friends. Hot rolls timed perfectly with the serving of dinner along with the story behind them adds a depth to every occasion, an additional thread in the weave of friendship…my personal favorite definition of ‘breaking bread.’

Sourdough Dinner Rolls

BEFORE YOU START - SAVE YOUR STARTER!! Follow steps 2 and 3 from 'Sourdough Process - How to Prepare & Save Your Sourdough Starter'!


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Pre-oiled bowl to put the dough ball in
  • Pre-oiled 9x12 baking dish
  • Clean hand towel


  • 1 cup Duffy's Dough starter
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg optional
  • 3 tbsp butter, margarine, yogurt, or non-dairy substitute
  • 3 cup flour
  • 1 packet commercial yeast optional


REFER TO 'How To Prepare & Save The Starter' TO BEGIN RECIPE

    Prepare the Yeast (Opt)

    • Place packet of yeast in 1/2 cup of very warm water. Stir slightly and let sit of 10 minutes. (Adding yeast is will not change the flavor and will make the dough rise more quickly.)

    Mix It Up!

    • In a large mixing bowl add egg, salt, sugar and tepid melted butter to the starter.  Mix well.
    • Add yeast water and mix again.
    • Start adding the flour about 1/2 cup at a time.  Keep stirring it in until it thickens into a ball. You may find you will not need the full 3 cups of flour to do so.

    Knead, Knead, Knead!

    • Sprinkle ample flour on your kneading surface (at least 18 inches square) and roll the ball out onto it. Start kneading.
    • Keep adding flour to the surface until the dough absorbs it and becomes harder.

    Time To Wait...

    • Put the dough ball, round side down, in a pre-oiled bowl then flip it upright again. 
    • Cover it and place it in its resting place. The dough will rise to about double the size in 2-4 hours. 

    When 2-4 Hours Pass

    • Remove the risen dough ball from its bowl and place on your lightly floured surface. 
    • Punch down the dough and flatten it slightly on the kneading surface. 
    • Tear off bits of dough and roll them into the size of very large eggs. Place them evenly in a pre-oiled 9X12 baking dish.
    • Cover the dish with the towel and place in a quiet place. They will rise in less than 2 hours.

    Preheat the Oven to 375°

    • Remove the towel and place the dish in oven.
    • Bake for 20 minutes, until they are that perfect golden brown on top. Always good to visually check them as ovens temps can vary.
    • Fresh out of the oven, remove them from the baking dish and serve or store to eat later.


    Keyword Dinner Party, Dinner Roll, Sourdough

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