One of my goals of the month was to make homemade hot dog buns and the occasion came up faster then I thought. We are having a cook out this weekend with some people from my husband and my old job. I decided who better to try these out on... and if they don't work out, I will run to the store and get some rolls. I looked at a bunch of different recipes and decided to go with the one from "Make the bread, Buy the Butter" by Jennifer Reese.
First thing this morning, I set to making the peanut butter cookie dough and the dry ingredients for corn bread (I like my corn bread hot and fresh so I am making it on Saturday afternoon). When I got home from dropping my son off, I made brownies, peanut butter cookies, and a pan of macaroni and cheese. After the easy stuff was under my belt, I decided to tackle the hot dog buns. I put all the ingredients into the bowl.
Then I used the dough hook on my kitchen aid mixer which might be the first time that I have used it since I always use the bread machine. I opted for following the recipe this time and looking for a bread machine version or doing this one in the bread machine next time. I mixed it all up and it was a little sticky. I added some vital gluten because I used regular flour instead of bread flour like I normally would (because the recipe called for it and I am out of bread flour) plus I was a little worried about how sticky it was. I greased the bowl and covered with a towel to let rise.
The great news is that it rose and then it looked similar to the above after an hour. Then I let it rise until I had time to shape the rolls around dinner time. It rose a lot but still looked good.
I was pretty excited at this point and I was ready to form rolls. This is the nerve wracking part because it takes a lot to make the rolls pretty but I figure that if they are yummy, it will make up for them not being really pretty. Crossing my fingers :)
Please try to make some homemade hot rolls this summer for one of your cook outs or else you are more then welcome to come here when I try again soon! Happy grilling!!!!
Hot Dog Buns
1 c milk
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted (?)
1 large egg
2 ¾ c flour
½ c whole wheat flour
¼ c sugar
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tbsp instant yeast
Vegetable oil for greasing
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the milk, butter, egg, flours, sugar, salt and yeast and knead with the dough hook until you have a smooth dough.
- Scoop up the dough, grease the bowl, and return the dough to the bowl. Cover with a clean, damp dish towel and let the dough rise. It will be puffed and ready in about 1 hour, but you can leave it longer
- Gently deflate the dough and divide into 10 pieces. Shape each lump of dough into a petite bun sized long. Make them as neat as you can, because every flaw in the design will be exaggerated in the finished product.
- Place on a greased or parchment line cookie sheet, 1 ½ inches apart. Drape with the same damp towel. Let rise for 30 minutes. They will grow huge so don’t let them go longer than 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
- Bake buns for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden. Cool or eat immediately. Store in plastic bag at room temperature for up to 5 days. Freeze for longer storage.