These rolls are large, puffy, and can be left plain on top or dusted with the topping of your choice; I usually go for Everything Bagel Seasoning. I often make the rolls in the air fryer in batches (my air fryer can air fry 2-3 rolls at a time), and you also can bake the rolls in the oven. The rolls require time but are not time-consuming to make. Most of the time is sitting/rising time. The rolls are not your typical hard sourdough. They are soft on the insides and just right for slathering with butter or a bit of jam. With a hunk of cheese inside, the rolls also make great breakfasts and snacks. Enjoy!
Simple Sourdough Dinner Rolls -- Makes 9 Large Rolls
1 cup of starter/discard
1/3 cup of canola oil
1 large egg
1/2 cup of milk, heated to lukewarm
1/4 cup of sugar
1 cup of white whole-wheat flour (or use regular whole-wheat)
In a large bowl combine the starter/discard, oil, egg, milk, and sugar and mix them thoroughly until everything is well combined. Stir in the white whole-wheat flour. Loosely cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the mixture sit for at least an hour. I usually leave the mixture on the counter for 3-5 hours, and it's fine. When you're ready, add to the mixture:
1 cup of all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
Mix the flour and salt into the first mixture to form a soft dough. Dump the mixture onto a floured board or the counter and knead it for 3-5 minutes, kneading in an additional 1/2 - 2/3 cup of flour to prevent the dough from being too sticky to knead. Divide the dough into 9 roughly equal pieces (the easy way to do this is to roll the dough into a cylinder and make equal-sized cuts). With your hands, roll the pieces into balls and place them on baking parchment, leaving a couple of inches of space between the dough balls. Spritz the tops of the dough balls with non-stick cooking spray. You can sprinkle the tops of the dough balls with everything bagel seasoning, dried Italian herbs, sesame seeds, etc.. Loosely cover the rolls with plastic wrap and let them rise until they've increased in volume by about 1/3.
You can air fry the rolls if you'd like. Place the rolls on small pieces of baking parchment, place one dough-topped piece of parchment in your air fryer basket, and air fry the rolls at 320 degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
You can also bake the rolls in the regular oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake the rolls for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Let the rolls cool for a few minutes before serving them warm, or let the rolls cool completely and then reheat the rolls a few minutes before serving them.