Sourdough Discard Rolls

Recently I made a sourdough starter and wanted to find a way to use that all-too-often discard from making its way to the garbage. Often, we have dinner rolls, and I found a way to use this Sourdough discard to make Sourdough Discard Rolls. These dinner rolls were easy to make, yet we all felt they could have risen a bit longer. To be honest, I only let them proof half the time and am wanting to redo the recipe and see how they will be fully proofed.

sourdough discard dinner rolls on glass plate

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Why use Sourdough Discard to make Rolls

When you feed your sourdough on a regular basis, there is quite a bit of discard that goes to waste. I hate food waste, so tossing this just makes me sad. Plus, that sourdough starter has been lovingly cared for, nurtured and grown to be the beautiful smelly thing it has become. So, instead of throwing it away, I decided to use it and make dinner rolls.
This recipe is easy enough to do, if you have a sourdough starter. If not, click my link below that has a recipe for a quick Sweet Pineapple Dinner Roll recipe.

Sourdough Discard Rolls

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 package Red Star Platinum Baking Yeast (2 ¼ teaspoons)
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sourdough starter (at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 cups all-purpose flour (slightly adjust this based on differing starters)
all the ingredients to make sourdough discard rolls

Directions

1. In the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer, pour in the warm water and sugar.

warm water in bowl of kitchenaid mixer

2. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let it rest for 2-3 minutes. Make sure the water is between 110-115 degrees Fahrenheit.

yeast in bowl of kitchenaid mixer with warm water

3. Add the eggs, oil, sourdough discard and salt and then mix gently until combined.

egg, sourdough discard and oil added to bowl of kitchenaid mixer

4. Add 3 cups of flour and then mix the dough using the dough hook until combined. You may need to add more flour to make sure the dough is not sticky, just make sure to add it in 1/4 cup amounts until the right consistancy is achieved.

add flour to the kitchenaid mixer bowl with sourdough discard ingredients

5. Knead the sourdough roll dough using the dough hook on the KitchenAid mixer for 7 minutes or until the dough feels smooth.

use dough hook to mix sourdough discard rolls dough until smooth

6. Grease a bowl and place the sourdough discard dough in and cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap, then allow the dough to rise for 1 hour.

sourdough discard rolls dough in greased bowl to rise

7. Turn out the dough onto a slightly floured surface and then use a bench scraper to divide it into 12-15 dough balls of equal amount.

baking pan sprayed with non-stick spray

8. Roll the dough between your hands to make a smooth ball, then place the dough balls in a greased 9 X 13 baking pan.

sourdough discard rolls in prepared baking pan

9. Cover the baking pan with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise again until almost doubled which can take anywhere between 20 minutes to 1 hour.

baking pan covered in plastic wrap to allow rolls to rise again

10. If desired, in a small bowl, whisk one egg and then use a pastry brush to brush the tops of each roll. Once baked, they have a glossy-browned look.

sourdough discard rolls risen 30 minutes in baking dish

11. Finally, bake the rolls in an oven preheated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes.
Serve warm and enjoy!

sourdough rolls baked and cooling in baking dish

Recipe for Sourdough Discard Rolls

Ingredients for Sourdough Discard Rolls

1/2 cup warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 package Red Star Platinum Baking Yeast (2 ¼ teaspoons)
2 large eggs (room temperature)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup sourdough starter (at room temperature)
1 teaspoon salt
3-4 cups all-purpose flour (slightly adjust this based on differing starters)

Directions for Sourdough Discard Rolls

  1. In the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer, pour in the warm water and sugar.
  2. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and then let it rest for 2-3 minutes. Make sure the water is between 110-115 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Add the eggs, oil, sourdough discard and salt and then mix gently until combined.
  4. Add 3 cups of flour and then mix the dough using the dough hook until combined. You may need to add more flour to make sure the dough is not sticky, just make sure to add it in 1/4 cup amounts until the right consistancy is achieved.
  5. Knead the sourdough roll dough using the dough hook on the KitchenAid mixer for 7 minutes or until the dough feels smooth.
  6. Grease a bowl and place the sourdough discard dough in and cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap, then allow the dough to rise for 1 hour.
  7. Turn out the dough onto a slightly floured surface and then use a bench scraper to divide it into 12-15 dough balls of equal amount.
  8. Roll the dough between your hands to make a smooth ball, then place the dough balls in a greased 9 X 13 baking pan.
  9. Cover the baking pan with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise again until almost doubled which can take anywhere between 20 minutes to 1 hour.
  10. If desired, in a small bowl, whisk one egg and then use a pastry brush to brush the tops of each roll. Once baked, they have a glossy-browned look.
  11. Finally, bake the rolls in an oven preheated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes.
    Serve warm and enjoy!
    ~Monica

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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