16 December 2014

Sourdough Bread Rolls / Burger Buns


50 g unsalted organic grass fed butter/organic grass fed lard at room temperature
100 g raw organic milk
100 g active white sourdough starter
1 organic free range egg
1 tsp unrefined sea salt
1 tbsp raw honey (or other healthy sweetener)
300 g white organic flour (all purpose or strong, unbleached)
organic rice flour for shaping the rolls/buns (optional)
more unsalted butter/lard for greasing and brushing (around 2 tbsp)


Combine all ingredients in a bowl until you have a soft pliable dough.
Cover the bowl with a cling film and leave at room temperature to ferment for minimum of 8 hours or overnight.
In the morning or after fermenting the dough place it into the fridge for 2 hours so it is more manageable later.

After 2 hours melt a few tsp of butter/lard in a small saucepan, grease the glass or stainless steel baking dish of any shape with melted butter/lard.
Take the dough out of the fridge and turn it into a floured (I use rice flour but any will do) working surface and using a knife, a bench scraper or your hands divide the dough into 8-10 parts, make rolls/buns and place them into the greased baking dish 2 cm apart from each other and from the walls of the dish.
Using pastry brush apply the rest of the melted butter/lard on each roll/bun covering them all over.
Cover the baking dish with the rolls/buns with a cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for 3-5 hours or until they double in size and the sides of the rolls/buns are touching each other and the tray.

When ready preheat oven to 220°C, bake the rolls/buns for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool them down.

They keep well in airtight container for up to a week, may be even longer I never get to test that as we usually finish ours off within few days.

They are excellent as dinner rolls with main dish and gravy or with plain butter or herby butter especially when still still warm. They are also excellent as burger buns, they are very soft and do not crumble when you squeeze them together with the burger meat in between and are not chewy at all.

Please enjoy and leave your favorite way to eat them in the comments below.