Homemade Hot Dog Buns
Happy Canada Day!
When I was a kid, I loved hot dogs. But since I’ve been avoiding factory-farmed meat, hot dogs are something I don’t buy. Their mechanically separated meat and sodium nitrate don’t make them very appealing either. Eating imitation meat also doesn’t have much appeal to me, but reminiscing about hot dogs last summer I decided to try out veggie dogs. Cooked on the stove, they were okay, but not nearly as tasty as the real thing. This year, with our barbecue, we decided to give them another go. And grilled, they seem like a much better facsimile of the real thing.
For our Canada Day supper today I decided to make my mum’s potato salad alongside grilled veggie dogs, with apple pie and ice cream for dessert. We neglected to buy hot dog buns the last time we were in town (and I prefer not to use store-bought bread products anyway) so today was the perfect day to try out making homemade hot dog buns. And they were both easy and good.
Hot Dog Buns
(makes 8, adapted from King Arthur Flour)
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp yeast
1/4 cup warm water (100°F)
1 cup warm milk (100°F)
1 tbsp canola oil
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
1 cup whole wheat flour
In a large bowl, dissolve sugar and yeast in water and let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add milk, oil, salt, and 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour and beat well with a wooden spoon or electric mixer for 2 minutes. Mix in remaining 1/2 cup all-purpose flour and the whole wheat flour with a spoon. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl and turn to grease top. Cover with a dishtowel and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down and divide dough into eight portions, which is easiest if you divide the dough in half, then those portions in half again, and again. Roll each portion into a 4 1/2″ long log (or the correct length for your hot dogs) and place on a greased baking sheet, 2″ apart. Cover and let rise for 45 minutes.
When 10 minutes remain in the rising time, preheat oven to 400°F. Bake buns for 20 minutes or until done. Cool and slice.
Did you have a special Canada Day dinner? Or what are you eating for the 4th of July?
Have you ever eaten a veggie dog?