New England Hot Dog Buns
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These classic hot dog buns have flat sides that are delicious when pan fried or grilled. Please note that the Prep time is hands-on time only. Allow a few hours for the two dough risings.
Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: American
Serves: 10 hot dog buns
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup potato flakes
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 large egg (see post above for egg-free options)
  • 2 tablespoons dairy-free buttery spread, softened or melted
  1. Add the flour, potato flakes, sugar, yeast, and salt to the bowl of your stand mixer. Add the water, egg, and buttery spread. Mix and knead the ingredients together for about 5 minutes in your stand mixer with the dough hook attachment. The dough is smooth and sticky; add more water if the dough is too dry.
  2. Transfer the dough to a clean, lightly greased large bowl. Cover with a clean dish towel and let the dough rise for 1½ to 2 hours. Punch the dough down.
  3. Lightly grease a New England Hot Dog pan.
  4. Gently stretch the dough and press it into the pan.
  5. Cover the pan with plastic wrap, and let the buns rise for 45 to 60 minutes, or until they are within ½ an inch of the edge of the pan.
  6. Preheat your oven to 375°F, and grease the bottom of a baking sheet.
  7. Remove the plastic wrap from the bun pan, and place the baking sheet, greased side down, on top of the buns.
  8. With the baking sheet on top, bake the buns for 18 to 20 minutes.
  9. Remove the baking sheet, and bake the buns for a few more minutes if they need to brown a little more on top.
  10. Turn the buns out onto a cooling rack.
  11. When cool, make a cut in the center of each bun without cutting them all the way through.
  12. Then cut the buns apart.
  13. Before serving, grill or pan fry the sides of the buns with oil or dairy-free buttery spread until browned.
Active Dry Yeast: If you don't have instant yeast available, you can use 1 (.25-ounce) packet of active dry yeast. Proof the yeast in the warm water before adding the other ingredients.
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