Introduction: Hot Dog Buns
In this instructable I will show you how to make yummy hot dog buns. This homemade hot dog bun recipe is really easy to make and only requires a few ingredients. They taste so much better then store bought ones. These hot dog buns freeze very well too, so you can make a bunch ahead of time and eat what you want and then store the rest in the freezer. If I can do it, you can do it. Let's get baking! :)
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Step 1: Ingredients/Tools
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- 1 1/8 cups of water (I use filtered) (267mL)
- 1 tsp. of white granulated sugar (5g)
- 2 Tbsp. active dry yeast (30g)
- 1/3 cup oil (olive, vegetable, etc.) (75g)
- 3 Tbsp. of white granulated sugar (45g)
- 1 large egg 3 to 3 1/3 cups of bread flour (or all-purpose/plain flour) (360 to 400g)
- Butter for basting
- plastic wrap or cloth
- sheet pan or cooking sheet
- parchment paper or silicone mat
- basting brush
- dough cutter or knife
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Step 2: Prep the Yeast
First let's get the yeast started. In a bowl add your water and heat it to 105 to 115 F (40 to 44 C). Then add in 1 tsp. (5g) of white granulated sugar, this will act as food for the yeast. Next add in your 2 Tbsp. of active dry yeast (30g). Agitate the mixture a bit with a fork, and then let it sit for 10 minutes. It should get super foamy/frothy. If after 10 minutes it isn't foamy, you need to start again. The yeast is either old/bad, or the water was too hot or too cold.
Step 3: Oil, Sugar, Egg Whisk
Now transfer the mixture to a large bowl and add in your oil and sugar. Next beat your egg and place that in the bowl. Whisk all of those ingredients together.
Step 4: Flour Time!
Add your salt to the bowl of flour and use a fork or whisk to blend them together. Next place about 1 cup of the flour into your bowl and whisk it in with the other ingredients. Keep adding flour and mixing. You will need to switch to a wooden spoon after about the first cup of flour is added. Add the flour until the dough comes together. You will probably have about 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup of flour left over.
Step 5: Knead, Cover, Rise
Next place the dough on a well floured counter or table. Knead the dough for about 8 minutes adding flour as necessary. They way I knead is by folding the dough onto itself, then push down with my palms, turn the dough 1 quarter turn and repeat. A great little work out. Or if you have a stand mixture with a dough hook you can use that. After the dough has been kneaded, add it to a large bowl and cover with a damp towel like a tea towel and place somewhere warm for about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size. I love it when the dough rises!
Step 6: Shape and Cut
Next gently deflate the dough my pushing down with your knuckles. Then place the dough on your floured surface. I like to shape mine into a long rectangle. This helps to get equal amounts. Used a knife or dough cutter and cut out 10 pieces. Alternatively you can use a scale and weigh equal amounts of dough. This makes 10 very large hot dog buns. If you want smaller buns, you can probably get about 14 to 15.
Step 7: Shape and Place
Now we need to shape our dough. There are two methods I use. The first is rolling the dough out into a long rectangle and then folding in one third of the dough, and then folding the other third of dough on top of that. Then turn it over and curl the ends underneath. Or I just place the pieces I cut as is. Place them on a parchment paper or silicone mat lined baking sheet. Leave about 1/4 inch of space in between each one.
Step 8: To Slice or Not to Slice
Now if you want the kind of buns where the slit is on the top of the bun instead of the sides, run your knife along the whole middle of the dough. Next melt some butter and baste the tops of the dough. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and your towel and let rise for about 30 minutes.
Step 9: Bake, Butter, Cool, Serve
Now after they rolls have risen, let's bake them in a preheated over, 375 F (190 C), for 20 to 25 minutes until they are nice and golden brown on the top. When they come out of the oven, baste them again with butter. This will add flavor as well as make the tops nice and soft. Let them cool for about 5 minutes before slicing into them and serving...oh yeah. :) Enjoy!
Step 10: Video Tutorial
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