There’s nothing quite like a homemade roll to put a hamburger or a hot dog on. I’d been making my own for quite some time now, and haven’t looked back since. A basic dough, rise, then shape and re-rise before baking. But, after receiving this New England Style Hot Dog Pan for Christmas from my mom, I have to admit I have a new favorite way of preparing my hot dog buns.
You make the dough, let it rise, then press it into the bun mold and let it rise. It’s then baked in the oven with a sheet pan on top, once browned is allowed to cool, then the individual buns are sliced – leaving you with an awesome bread-to-toasting ratio on the sides of the bun.
Not only are they great with hot dogs, but also lobster rolls. Or a fun Maryland twist, crab rolls – which are next on my hit-list to try once I get my hands on some good crab meat (as in, I pick it myself). These buns would definitely add a really nice touch to any 4th of July celebrations you may have going on.
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New England-Style Hot Dog Buns
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. instant yeast
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
2/3 cup instant mashed potato flakes
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. butter , softened
1 cup warm water
Mix all of the ingredients together and knead until dough is smooth and shiny. Add additional water a little at a time if dough is not smooth. Allow dough to rise in greased bowl until nearly doubled in size.
Gently punch dough down and place into a lightly greased New England Hotdog Bun pan, stretching the dough to the corners. If dough does not easily stretch, let it rest a few minutes then continue stretching.
Place a greased baking sheet on top of the pan and weigh it down. Let the dough rise again until the dough comes to within 1/2 inch below the rim of the pan.
With the cover still in place, bake 18 minutes at 375º F. Remove the cover and bake an additional 5 minutes or until the buns are golden brown.
Allow buns to cool in pan then turn out onto cutting board. With rounded side up, slice the individual buns then slice the top of the buns almost to the bottom to serve.
Source: slightly adapted from King Arthur Flour