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How to Use Your Discard to Make Simple Sourdough Potato Rolls

These are strictly low-hassle rolls. They are quick to mix up, easy to shape, and bake in about 20 minutes. Yes, you do need to let the rolls undergo the sourdough process and rise, but that time is mostly hands-off, meaning you can do other things. I use instant potato flakes in the rolls because the flakes are readily available, and I don't have to plan ahead to have mashed potatoes on on hand. A little white whole-wheat flour in the dough ensures the rolls have a nice flavor as well as texture. The rolls are soft, squishy, and just plain good! Try the rolls buttered for dinner. They also make a perfect snack with a slice of ham and/or cheese inside. If you have any left, the rolls make a nice treat for breakfast, especially when slathered with jam. Enjoy!

How to Use Your Discard to Make Simple Sourdough Potato Rolls
How to Use Your Discard to Make Simple Sourdough Potato Rolls

Simple Sourdough Potato Rolls -- Makes 12+


1 cup of starter/discard

1/4 cup of canola oil

1 large egg

1/4 cup of warm water

2 tablespoons of sugar

1/4 cup of instant potato flakes

3/4 cup of white whole-wheat or regular whole-wheat flour


Add all of the ingredients listed above to a large bowl and beat them well. Loosely cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the mixture sit for at least an hour (3-5 hours is fine, too, if you have things to do). When you're ready, add:


3/4 cup of all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon of salt


Knead the dough for 3-5 minutes, adding about 1/4 cup of additional flour as you knead (you may need more or less depending on the stiffness of your starter/discard and the conditions in your kitchen). You want the dough to be supple and not too sticky but still a tad moist. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Divide the dough into about 12 pieces and roll each piece into a ball with your hands. Place the dough balls on the prepared baking sheet, spacing the balls a couple of inches apart. Let the dough balls rise until they have increased in size by about a third. This usually takes 2-3 hours in my coolish kitchen (about 68 degrees). When you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the rolls for about 20 minutes or until they are puffed and lightly browned.

How to Use Your Discard to Make Simple Sourdough Potato Rolls
How to Use Your Discard to Make Simple Sourdough Potato Rolls

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