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Sourdough Mallorcas

  • Author: Erin Clarkson
  • Prep Time: 45 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 plus rising time
  • Yield: 12 Mallorcas 1x


Sourdough Mallorcas from Bryan Ford's new book, New World Sourdough. These are a sourdough variation on Pan de Mallorca, and are sweet and lightly flavoured with lemon. They are the perfect sweet treat, and have the most amazing sourdough flavour.



Building the Levain

  • 75g Mature sourdough starter (starter which is ready to be fed)
  • 100g bread flour
  • 50g whole wheat flour
  • 150g warm water

Final Dough Mix

  • 100g eggs
  • 100g cold whole milk
  • 200g levain
  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 5g lemon zest
  • 1g vanilla extract
  • 100g unsalted butter, cubed, at room temperature
  • 400g bread flour
  • 100g all-purpose flour
  • 6g salt
  • Boiling water, for proofing

Filling and Topping

  • 50g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 5g granulated sugar
  • Powdered sugar, for topping



  1. In a tall jar or medium bowl, mix the mature starter, flours, and warm water until incorporated. Cover with a lid or clean kitchen towel and leave in a warm place for 3 to 4 hours.
  2. You can use your levain immediately, or refrigerate it for 12 hours to use later or the next day.


  1. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and cold milk to combine. Add the levain, brown sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla. Whisk until just incorporated.
  2. Add the cubed butter, flours, and salt. Mix the ingredients together using using your hands. Squeeze everything together and then turn the dough out onto a work surface.
  3. Knead the dough using the palm of your hand to push it forward, and then your fingers to pull it back toward your hand. repeat this process until you have a smooth surface. Don’t be afraid to rip this dough while you knead with the palm of your hand and then bring it back together again.
  4. Cover the dough and let ferment at room temperature for 6 hours. Transfer to the fridge and ferment for 12 hours more.


  1. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside (I used two). Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and roll it into a rectangle about 12”x8” (30x20cm).
  2. Spread the room temperature butter over the dough and evenly sprinkle the granulated sugar on top. Cut the rectangle horizontally into 12 (1 inch, or 2.5cm wide) strips. Roll each into a pinwheel. Arrange the mallorca rolls on the prepared sheet pan with enough space between so they can grow. Cover VERY lightly with plastic wrap (see notes).
  3. Fill an ovenproof pot with boiling water and put it into the cold oven. With the oven off and cold, put your trays of mallorcas inside the oven and let them proof for 2-3 hours, or until they are noticeably puffy.
  4. To bake, remove the mallorcas and pot from the oven. Preheat the oven to 375°f / 190°c. Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of the mallorcas with water. Bake for 20 minutes, or until light golden brown.
  5. Sprinkle liberally with powdered sugar while still warm.
  6. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature.


Reprinted with Permission from ‘New World Sourdough’ by Bryan Ford

Keywords: Mallorca, Sourdough, Bryan Ford, New World Sourdough, Mallorcas, Sourdough Starter