Soft and perfect sourdough-agave hoagie rolls, my 3 favorite ways I use them are:
- Italian Subs
- Italian Meatball Subs
- Moose/Venison French Dips

Yield: 10 Hoagie Rolls

Bake: 20 Minutes


1/4 cup pre-fed sour dough starter (stir beforehand)
1 cup AP (All-Purpose) Flour
1 cup warm water

Mix together all the sponge ingredients in a large glass measure, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit a minimum of 12 hours before making rolls.

Sponge you'll prepare 12 hours
prior to making sour dough bread
and will leave at room temperature

Replenish Starter (replenish, cover and let sit out for 12 hrs, then return to frig):
1 cup warm water
1 cup AP flour

Using a wooden spoon and a glass measuring cup, mix together replenish starter ingredients and pour into jar with sour dough starter. Cover and let stand at room temperature 12 hours before refrigerating.

Don't forget to replenish your
starter after removing
a portion for your sponge

Sandra's Sour Dough Starter
2-1/4 teaspoons regular yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 tablespoon agave
2-1/3 cups all-purpose (AP) flour; plus
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (or the same AP)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 tablespoons 'cold' butter, cut into small cubes

1 tablespoon melted butter, for brushing rolls halfway through baking


For the dough, in a stand mixer bowl fitted with a dough hook, dissolve yeast and 1/2 cup warm water, add agave, stir with a spoon and allow to proof for 5-10 minutes.

Stir in sponge, add AP flour (and whole wheat flour, if using), and kosher salt. Turn mixer on #2 to combine, increase speed to #3 and continue mixing until dough comes away from sides of bowl to form ball (adding additional water 1 TB at a time if needed, depending upon surrounding humidity environment). Continue to knead on #3 for 4 minutes.

While mixer is running, add the cold butter a few cubes at a time and give mixer time to incorporate, then repeat process until all the butter has been added (do not rush this step).  Let the dough continue to knead for 3 additional minutes.

Place dough on oiled plastic wrap. Clean mixing bowl, then lightly spray with canola oil, place dough ball back into bowl and turn over to coat in oil all around. Cover with plastic wrap. Nest bowl on kitchen towels, both underneath and around it.  Let dough rise until doubled for approximately 1 hour.

Prepare a rimmed baking sheet (1/2-sheet pan size) by lining it with parchment paper; set aside.

Turn dough out onto a lightly oiled surface; knead into a flat disc, cut into 8 equal balls. Shape each ball into 6" long rolls. Place rolls onto the prepared baking sheet, cover with a plastic wrap and allow to rise until doubled, about 30-40 minutes.

Meanwhile, allow oven to preheat to 375 degrees at end of dough rising time. Set aside an instant read thermometer.

Cut light lengthwise slashes atop of each roll. Bake for 10 minutes, removed par-baked rolls and brush with melted butter, then return to oven and continue baking 10 minutes longer, or until internal temperature reads 192 degrees.

Remove rolls from oven and place them right-side-up onto a cooling rack. Cover rolls completely with clean kitchen towels and let cool for a minimum of 2 hours before storing in a plastic bag.

Store at room temperature for 2 days, then refrigerate to store longer. If you freeze the rolls, be sure to double wrap each roll individually in plastic wrap, then place them in a Ziploc bag that you'll need to label and date. ~ Enjoy!

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