This Weekend Use Your Discard to Make Sourdough Honey-Thyme Goat Cheese Rolls or Buns
Ooh! These are really, really good and perfect for Sunday dinner--or any other night of the week for that matter. The rolls or buns are soft, pillow-like, just a tad sweet from honey, and flecked with little bits of dried thyme (use fresh thyme if you want and have some). The goat cheese provides additional flavor to the rolls and gives them extra softness. The rolls are simple to make and don't take much active time. Because it's been hot here in northern Virginia, I've been using my air fryer to cook and the rolls turn out quite nicely when "air fried." You can also pop them in the regular oven to bake. I like the rolls for a special dinner, and they also are great for breakfast or for a snack. Enjoy!
Sourdough Honey-Thyme Goat Cheese Rolls or Buns -- Makes 6-8
1 cup of sourdough starter/discard
1/3 cup of canola oil, plus milk in the cup to equal 1/2 cup total
1 large egg
2 tablespoons of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme (or a teaspoon or so of fresh thyme leaves)
3/4 cup of white whole-wheat flour (or use all-purpose)
1 - 2 tablespoons of honey, depending on how sweet you like your rolls
1/4 cup of crumbled goat cheese
Mix all of the ingredients listed above well in a large bowl and loosely cover them. Let the mixture sit for at least an hour (3-4 hours is fine, too). When you're ready add to the mixture:
1 cup of all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Stir in the flour and salt, then knead the mixture for 3-5 minutes, adding in 1/4 - 1/2 cup of additional flour as you knead so you have a soft, not sticky dough. Divide the dough into 6-8 equal-size balls (depending on how large/how many rolls you want). Roll each piece of dough into a round ball. Cut small pieces of baking parchment to fit your air fryer basket or a large piece of parchment to fit a baking sheet if you want to bake in the oven. Place the balls on the baking parchment, spacing the balls a couple of inches apart. Let the dough balls rise until they increase in volume by about one-third. Air fry the dough balls, two or three at a time, at 320 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until they are golden brown. Alternatively, bake the dough in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the rolls are golden brown.