A few times in my adult life, my mom has reminisced about when she would make homemade buns to send in my school lunches... but if it wasn't for her storytelling I'm not sure I would've ever remembered them! This was a thought that spurred on the idea and purpose of this blog, so I figured I needed to set out to try making some homemade hotdog buns myself!
The verdict? They are delicious. Will I turn Suzy Homemaker and make these throughout Rowan's childhood. Yeeeeeah... about that... I'm gonna go with NOPE. Oh and Mom, I love you. You were really great for making these for me.
You guys, I just do not LOVE cooking/baking. It is so messy, and I'm a perfectionist (who is now a mom with not much time!). I just cannot see myself really ever making these ever again, but I've learned to never say never.
Maybe with a bread maker? Maybe a different recipe using my standup mixer? Anyway, I'm probably just being a big baby because this recipe is pretty good. If you suddenly find yourself with more time than a 13 year old with no friends... Here it is...
STEP 2: Add in other ingredients and then the FLOUR slooooowly!
STEP 4: Now we play the waiting game...
Cover the bowl with a tightly-woven dampened towel and watch 3 episodes of your favorite sitcom on Netflix. (1 hour.)
Return to the bowl and be amaaaazed!!!
STEP 6: Wait AGAIN!
I know you were really dying to watch 2 more episodes of that show... GO RIGHT AHEAD. Oh but first cover the buns loosely with that damp towel again. Come back 45 minutes later, and they should be almost twice the size! WOWEE! (Pre-heat your oven to 400°F!)
STEP 7/8: Egg wash + Sprinkle!
Then make an egg wash (1 egg + 1 tablespoon of cold water). Beat that egg up real nice.
Brush the buns with the egg wash and sprinkle with your seeds and salt of choice! (I used sea salt, poppy seeds and sesame seeds. I LOVE SEEDS!)
I cooked the dogs 5 minutes on each side on the grill and then topped them with the mustard, tomatoes, pickles, and THIS IS KEY... generous shakes of celery salt!
Despite the fact that I could throw down some dogs in my childhood, according to mom... I went possibly a decade without even eating them! This was my adult version paired nicely with a crisp lime La Croix. Okay, maybe I'll rethink making these again after all.
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