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Chewy Sourdough Rolls

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic

Author: Charlotte Rutledge

Chewy Sourdough Rolls Recipe

Chewy with sourdough undertones and crunchy Everything Bagel Topping, these bagel-inspired rolls are a versatile addition to any baker’s repertoire. Whether for sandwiches, appetizers, or a dinner bread basket, they’re a flavorful upgrade from an ordinary roll.

At a glance

Prep
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Total
Yield
8 rolls

Ingredients

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Dough

Topping

Instructions

  1. Weigh your flour; you’ll find its weight by toggling to “ounces” at the top of the ingredient section above. Or measure it by gently spooning it into a cup, then sweeping off any excess.
  2. Combine all the dough ingredients and mix and knead them together — by hand, mixer or bread machine — to make a somewhat tacky, elastic dough; it should be relatively smooth and soft.
  3. Allow the dough to rise, covered, until almost doubled, about 60 to 90 minutes.
  4. Gently deflate the dough on a lightly floured work surface, divide it into eight equal pieces, and shape the pieces into tight balls.
  5. Place the balls in a large Dutch oven or other oven-safe, lidded pan; we recommend our Emile Henry crown bread pan.
  6. Cover the rolls with a lightly greased piece of plastic wrap or the pan’s lid, and let them rise for about 1 hour until they're puffy but not necessarily doubled in size.
  7. About 30 minutes into the rise, preheat the oven to 500°F.
  8. Just before baking, whisk together the malt powder and water and brush it onto the risen rolls.
  9. Sprinkle the Everything Bagel Topping onto the rolls and cover the pan with its lid.
  10. Put the rolls into the oven, reduce the temperature to 450°, and bake the rolls for 20 to 25 minutes.
  11. Remove the lid from the pan and continue to bake the rolls about 5 minutes longer, until they’re a deep golden brown and a digital thermometer inserted into the center of one reads at least 205°F. Note: You may need to bake the rolls for an additional 5 to 10 minutes if using a Dutch oven.
  12. Remove the rolls from the oven and cool them on a rack. Alternatively, for crustier rolls, open the oven door and allow the uncovered rolls to cool in the turned-off, open-door oven.
  13. Store leftover rolls in plastic at room temperature for up to three days. Freeze the rolls, wrapped airtight, for up to three months.