Doggie Essentials: New England Hotdog Buns
Andy Anderson !
Well, if you have never had the experience of eating a perfectly-grilled dog on a New England hotdog bun, you do not know what you are missing.
So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.
4 cflour, all-purpose variety
1/4 cmilk powder
1 tspnutritional yeast flakes
1 1/2 tspsalt, kosher variety
1/2 cwarm water, plus additional, if needed
2 tspsugar, granulated variety
2 tspdry active yeast
1/2 cwhole milk, warm
1 largeegg, whisked
4 Tbspsweet butter, unsalted, at room temperature
·grapeseed oil, as needed
How to Make Doggie Essentials: New England Hotdog Buns
- To make these buns the “proper” way, you will need to purchase a New England hotdog pan. I received mine from Amazon, and here is the link:
An “authentic New England hotdog pan will be 15 x 6 inches (38 x 15.25cm), and have indentations for 10 buns.
- How to get a perfect rise on your buns.
Ever put a pan of dinner rolls, biscuits or, in this case, hotdog buns, and after an hour or so, you check on them, and they are not rising evenly? Chances are that you did not do anything wrong with the recipe; however, you might have allowed them to rise in a drafty area of the kitchen. What happens is that the cooler drafts, blow against the covered pan, and unevenly change the temperature. So, the left side of the pan is slightly cooler than the right, and the dough rises at different rates.
If you can, turn on your oven for about 30 seconds, to take the chill off, then put a rack in the middle position, and cover and place the dough in the oven. The gentle heat (sans drafts) will help your creations to achieve an even rise.
- What about that milk powder?
You will find milk powder in many New Englander’s recipes for these buns. The milk powder combines with the proteins of the flour and produces a light, yet firm bun that will not fall apart, when you pile on the toppings. It can be used in a lot of bread recipes, where you want something light, but with a firm structure.
- Nutritional Yeast… Really?
This is my contribution to this recipe… nutritional yeast is heated up, so it loses its ability to make anything rise… its only purpose it to add a bit of depth to the flavor of the buns. If you do not have any… No worries. You will still love the taste of these classic New England buns.