Sourdough Milk & Honey Dinner Rolls

Sourdough dinner rolls

I love dinner rolls, they are a necessary requirement for Thanksgiving feasts. For Friendsgiving 2019 I was in search of a no commercial yeast added recipe and I found one on Butter For All that I really liked. The only caveat is that given this is a highly enriched dough, which means the overall fermentation/proofing process takes nearly 18-24 hours!

Sourdough dinner rolls side

That’s a lot of proofing time, however with a little planning the night before, you can have these ready to go the next day. Enjoy!


Ingredient Weight Volume Percent
All purpose flour 400 grams 3 1/3 cups 84.2%
Starter 150 grams 2/3 cups 31.6%
Milk 200 grams 3/4 cup + 1 tbsp 42.1%
Honey 80 grams 1/4 cup 16.8%
Butter 55 grams 4 tbsp (1/2 stick) 11.6%
Kosher salt 10 grams 1 1/2 tsp 2.1%
Total 895 grams 188.4%


Ingredient Weight Percent
Total flour 475 grams 100%
Water 75 grams 15.8%
Milk 200 grams 42.1%
Honey 80 grams 16.8%
Butter 55 grams 11.6%
Kosher salt 10 grams 2.1%
Total 895 grams 188.4%


I like to bake these in a cast iron skillet. The cast iron is a great heat source for browning the butter while also doing a great job holding heat while baking.

The night before

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Begin mixing on low speed and gradually moving up to medium as dough becomes firmer. Keep mixing for roughly 5-7 minutes until dough is smooth.
  2. Transfer dough to a mixing bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and leave at room temperature overnight (or 12-16 hours).

The next morning

  1. Divide dough evenly in 2 and roll into logs; Divide each log in 2 to create 4 equal logs; Stack the 4 logs next to each other and cut across 4 times - creating 16 roughly equal dough pieces; Shape into balls.
  2. Heat cast iron to medium heat to just brown the butter then remove from heat and cool slightly
  3. Place balls top side down into skillet to coat in butter, then rotate balls seam side down
  4. Cover and proof for 6-8 hours
  5. Turn oven onto 375F; Bake 30 minutes

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