Sunday, March 20, 2011

Homemade Hot Dog Buns

I'm not buying much bread these days. I've received a few loaves of sandwich bread from a local food pantry but other than those I've been making our bread. It saves me a lot of money since I found flour for $1.50 a bag. We were given some free hot dogs so I tried my hand at making some hot dog buns. This is my second attempt. The first ones looked like a hockey puck! :-) These looked a little closer to what we're used to. Next time I'll make them a bit larger but all in all they turned out fine. I individually wrapped them in Seran wrap and froze them. I just pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds and they're ready to use.

Homemade Hot Dog Buns

1 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup butter
2 1/2 cups white flour
2 cups whole wheat flour  (recipe called for just white flour)
1 tbsp instant yeast
2 tbsp white sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 egg


 
Note: I put all the ingredients in my breadmaker and used the 'dough cycle'.  Afterwards I shaped them and let them rise again for nearly an hour. Then baked as usual. If you don't have a breadmaker then you can use the instructions below.
Heat milk, water and butter until very warm.
In a large bowl mix 1 3/4 cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt.
Mix milk mixture into the flour mix and then mix in the egg.
Stir in remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time beating well after each addition.
When the dough has pulled together, turn it out into a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic.
With rolling pin roll and shape each piece into a 6x4" rectangle. Starting with the longer side roll up tightly and pinch edges and ends to seal.
Place on greased baking sheet and let rise 20 to 25 min.
Bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 12 min until golden brown.

Do you make any kind of bread other than for sandwiches?

12 comments:

  1. They look good! To answer your question, I make (or did in the past) pita bread, English muffins, and I have a wonderful recipe that makes 60 potato dinner rolls! Delicious! I usually make it around the holidays and freeze most of them for various meals throughout those weeks. And oh yes I have a wonderful recipe for "cool rise" french bread. As you can tell I do love to make bread, but we are sort of "low carbing" it these days.

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  2. Looking good. $1.50 a bag of flour is a real deal. I sometimes make buns for eating or hamburger. I haven't tried any flat breads or hot dog rolls yet.

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  3. I've started making hamburger buns. I plan to use the same recipe to make hotdog buns, just change the shape.

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  4. I have often used regular bread for the hotdogs when I am out of the actual buns.

    I am shaking my head at how you can spend only $200 a month. Food prices are going up, as well as gas prices. Saturday we spent $43 to fill up gas cans for the lawn mower!

    Hugs,
    Carol

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  6. @Carol: (I removed my original comment because I had something else to add. *S*)

    I don't believe I could live on $200.00 a month(including toiletries) if I didn't get help from food pantries. In fact, it is a HUGE challenge to stay below the $200 even with help from the food pantries. We are eating more and more simple to stay within the budget. I've been humbled so many times I've stood in these food lines and cried during a few interviews. I'm so thankful (and humbled) by the help.

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  7. What does *S* mean?

    I know I need to learn from you. Yes, it is hard to accept help, but this is how the LORD has promised to supply our needs. Your blog is awesome. We go out to eat too much to save time and also to provide some variety for my Alzheimer's husband. Tomorrow we go out to eat with our Alzheimer's friend who is upset that he did not pass driving test and I know my husband can encourage him.

    Then I still need to spend time on the house. Time and budget priorities are hard to manage. I believe when we put the LORD in our days he helps us. About your tears, Ps. 56 says that the LORD has collected all tears in His bottle in The New Living Translation!

    Hugs,
    Carol

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  8. I make lots of rolls and I've made hamburger buns before. I would imagine hot dog buns would be much like the hamburger buns except shaped differently.

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  9. You're such an inspiration.

    Your bread looks wonderful. I'm sorry to say that I haven't made bread in over 20 years....maybe someday.
    Hugs,

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  10. I've never made rolls before. I do make bread using the 'Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day' method. I bet the homemade rolls taste better than the store bought.

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  11. I just really don't bake scratch much now.. but I have done what you did-- make hot dog/burger buns. I think I have a breadmaker recipe but its at our house with the breadmaker..

    But I recall the thing that made it good was using butter. Then Hubby loved 'em. They reminded him of his Aunt Elaine's buns. I need to remember to make those for his mom sometime, she's Aunt E's sister, and Aunt E just recently passed away. She used to bring homemade buns to all the holiday events. Big huge bags of them. She was married in lean times and raised her kids on little money so she made everything scratch, and good. :) We're in a different situation than we've ever been lately, I don't keep much pantry, and I buy frozen baked goods--(can you imagine?) But w/ the coupons and sales I get them pretty cheap. (store here doubles coupons)

    All those years learning to cook cheap, I'm sure will come in handy again, not worried about that.

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  12. I know this is a late comment for this post, but I just found your blog while I was searching for ways to reduce my food budget. We spend $400 a month (I have three little boys) and I'm going to have another one in March. Much to my distress,I'm having a hard time staying under my budget! I'm not cooking or buying very well right now because most things make me sick. However, I wanted to let you know that usually a sandwich bread recipe is pretty versatile. When I make bread I keep out a portion for pizza crust, scones (for Navaho tacos), hamburger buns, dinner rolls, or cinnamon rolls. Granted, there are better cinnamon roll recipes than using bread dough...but the kids LOVE to make their own while I'm making bread.

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