Soft and chewy sourdough sub rolls

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Here's a recipe for soft and chewy sandwich rolls, perfect for deli sandwiches or cheesesteaks.


  • 200 grams fed sourdough starter
  • 260 grams bread flour (2 1/4 cups - can use all-purpose flour)
  • 13 grams sugar (1 tablespoon)
  • 4 grams instant or active dry yeast (1 teaspoon)
  • 14 grams olive oil (1 tablespoon)
  • 9 grams table salt (2 teaspoons)
  • 127 grams lukewarm water (1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon)


Combine all ingredients into a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer. 

If using a stand mixer, using your dough hook, mix on medium speed for 8 minutes or until the dough is smooth and pulled away from the bowl. After the mixer has done its work, turn the dough out onto a lightly oiled or floured surface and knead with your hands until you have a nice smooth, round dough ball - one or two minutes.

If you're kneading by hand, stir all the ingredients in the bowl until combined and knead with your hands on a lightly flour-dusted counter for 10 minutes or until you have a smooth dough. Try to add as little flour as possible at this point. The dough will be sticky at first and get all over your hands but keep mashing it and rolling it and kneading it and after a few minutes it will start to be less sticky. 

Shape your dough into a ball and place it in a lightly greased/oiled bowl in a warm place for 1.5 to 2 hours.

After the dough has almost doubled in size, turn it onto a lightly floured or oiled surface. Divide into three equal pieces (use a scale if you want perfect sizes). 

Press each dough piece with your fingers until you have a rectangle of about the length that you want (in this case around 11 inches) and about 3 inches wide. Roll the flattened rectangle up from the long side to the other long side until you have a log that is about 11 or 12 inches long and 1.5 to 2 inches around. When you're done rolling, you need to focus on sealing the seam. I pinch it closed very well from one end of the seam to the other. This is important and helps the top of your dough log to stay tight. 

After I seal the seam, I roll the log again and taper each end a little. 

Do this for each of your 3 dough portions and place on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Place each dough log pinched seam side down. 

Flatten each dough log with your fingers slightly so that it doesn't rise into quite a round cylinder. This will help the roll to be shaped better for sandwiches.

Cover your sheet pan with a lightly oiled/greased plastic wrap and place in a warm area for 1.5 to 2 hours or until the rolls have doubled in size. 

Pre-heat oven to 375F (190 C). 

Right before baking, you can score your rolls with a very sharp knife if you want. I usually do three diagonal slashes for an 11 or 12-inch roll, but you can also do one big slash all the way from end to end. Or you can choose not to score the rolls at all. They should bake the same no matter which you choose.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes rotating the pan 180 degrees at the halfway point. (Note: this time is for non-convection ovens. If I use the convection setting it could cut as much as 8 minutes off the bake time.) Just peek at it when you turn the bread at the halfway point and if it's already fairly tan, you might want to keep an eye on it. Your sub rolls need an internal temp of 190 F (88 C) to be fully cooked. 

Allow bread to cool before slicing.

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One response to “Soft and chewy sourdough sub rolls”

  1. The proofing time in step 10 is wildly overstated even an hour was too long for me. Took me three batches to overcome this.

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