For the fast-approaching grilling season (in the Northeast, it begins unofficially with Memorial Day Weekend), here’s a way to impress your guests and enjoy your hot dogs even more:
Sourdough hot dog buns.
You can bake them easily with King Arthur Flour’s kit, which includes:
You also need a hot dog bun pan, available from King Arthur Flour and elsewhere. (Note that these are New England-style hot dog rolls with straight edges, as opposed to classic rounded edges. The technique for the latter is at the end of the article.)
The result is hot dog buns that are just as soft and moist as the packaged ones, with so much more flavor.
If you already have a pan and just want the recipe, here it is.
Prep time is 20 minutes, total rising time is 1.75 to 2.5 hours, bake time is 20 minutes to 23 minutes.
But first: the difference between buns and rolls.
*This special dry milk has extra-fine granules that provide For more flavor, tenderness, nutrition and freshness.
Ingredients For 10 Buna
1. WEIGH out the flour; you’ll find its weight by toggling to “ounces” at the top of the ingredient section above. Or measure it by gently spooning it into a cup, then sweeping off any excess.
2. COMBINE all the ingredients, and mix and knead by hand, mixer, or bread machine set to the dough cycle, adding more flour or water if necessary to make a soft, smooth dough.
3. PLACE the dough into a lightly greased bowl, cover, and allow it to rise at warm room temperature until it’s nearly doubled in bulk, 60 to 90 minutes. While the dough is rising, lightly grease a hot dog bun pan.
4. TRANSFER the dough to a lightly greased work surface, gently deflate it, and stretch it until it’s about 15″ long and 6″ wide. Place the dough into the pan, stretching it to the edges.
5. LET the dough rise for 45 to 60 minutes, until it comes to within 1/2″ of the top of the pan. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F.
6. GREASE a baking sheet, and place it on top of the risen buns. Put the covered buns into the oven, weighing the baking sheet down with something heavy and oven-safe (a cast iron skillet works well).
7. BAKE the buns for 18 minutes, remove the weighted baking sheet, and bake for 2 to 5 minutes longer, if necessary to brown the buns. Remove the pan from the oven and cool the buns in the pan for 5 minutes. Turn them out onto a rack, rounded side up, to cool completely.
8. SLICE each bun down the middle vertically, without cutting through the bottom; then cut between the buns to separate them.
1. DIVIDE the dough into 10 equal pieces (if you have a scale, each piece will weigh about 2 3/4 ounces), and form each piece into a cylinder 6″ in length.
2. TRANSFER the buns to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Flatten the buns slightly (dough rises more in the center, so this will give them gently rounded tops), then allow to rise for 60 to 90 minutes, until puffy.
3. BAKE in a preheated 350°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly golden brown and a digital thermometer inserted into the center of one bun reads at least 190°F. Note that buns baked without a hot dog bun pan will have a more uneven texture, with smaller and larger gas bubbles on the inside. The buns may have a speckled appearance due to those gas bubbles under the surface.