Total Time
6hrs 10mins
Prep 5 hrs 45 mins
Cook 25 mins

Similar to the hard rolls found in restaurants.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine all of the dough ingredients and mix and knead them together-- by hand, mixer or bread machine-- till you've made a soft, somewhat smooth dough; it should be cohesive, but the surface should still be a bit rough.
  2. Allow the dough to rise, covered, for 3 hours, gently deflating it and turning it over after 1 hour, and again after 2 hours.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly greased or floured work surface.
  4. Divide it into 12 pieces, shape the pieces into balls, and firm them up by rolling them under your lightly cupped fingers on an unfloured work surface.
  5. Place the rolls on a parchment-lined baking sheet, cover them, and let them rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until they've doubled in size.
  6. Refrigerate them for several hours, or overnight.
  7. Remove the rolls from the refrigerator, and brush them with a wash made of 1/2 cup water mixed with 1 tablespoon egg white (you won't use up all the wash).
  8. Slash a 1/4-inch deep cut across the top of each roll, and bake them in a preheated 425°F oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until they're a deep golden brown.
  9. Remove them from the oven, and cool on a wire rack.
  10. For an extra-crisp crust, allow them to cool in the turned-off, door-propped-open oven.


Most Helpful

I followed this to the letter and the rolls turned out like pancakes. My sourdough is usually great, so it must be the recipe. An entire day down the drain.

Elizkat November 24, 2008

These are a little time consuming; however, worth the effort. Followed the recipe as written. The directions were very well written and easy to follow. I know that I will be making these again.

PaulaG November 26, 2004

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