Tuesday, January 10, 2012

DIY Hot Dog Buns

One of my New Years goals was to buy less store bought items and start making them at home. I am really serious about us eating better as a family and usually home made items are cheaper and taste better. I wanted to make hot dogs for dinner but buns were $3, Target has been out of cheap buns for two weeks now, and we usually only eat half a pack so I decided to make them at home. I did some googling and found this hamburger or hot dog buns recipe. It had a high rating and I had all of the ingredients on hand so I decided to try it out.

Well it turned out to be a disaster, completely inedible. They were very hard and dense, not at all soft like the recipe raves, and when I cracked one open some parts where still raw even though the outside was crispy. I should have known things were going to be bad when the dough didn't rise very much. My wonderful husband tried to make me feel better about it and instead ate his hot dogs with sliced bread. I don't think that yeast and I are friends. I made dinner rolls for Thanksgiving and they also turned out hard and dense. I don't want to give up just yet so I am going to try one more yeast recipe before I call it quits. Does anyone know what I am doing wrong?


  1. Well, that's a bummer. :( The reason for the dough not rising could be your liquid was either too hot or too cool. Use an instant read thermometer to check your liquid. It should be about 100F. (or somewhere between 90-100). If it's too hot it kills the yeast and if too cool it slows it down. I always proof my yeast before adding the flour (let it sit in the warm liquid until it gets foamy) Also kneading is a big part too. I always knead by hand, I just feel like my kitchen aide doesn't knead dough properly. (plus, I can get out a lot of frustrations this way LOL).
    Try visiting the King Arthur Flour website...they have good info on there. Or joyofbaking.com has some great tried and true information too.
    Don't give up! :)

  2. Thanks for the tips Patti! I was suspecting the Kitchen Aid mixer might not be doing the best kneading job so I am going to try hand kneading it next time.

  3. You might need fresher yeast. When yeast gets old it doesn't rise any longer. Check the freshness by if the yeast bubbles when you add it to the warm water. If it doesn't bubble well it is not very fresh. The temp of the water and if it the dough is mixed well enough play just as important of a role in you bread rising. Don't give up. It is something you will get the hang of soon enough.