I do love Udi's hot dog buns, but being on a tight wad's budget these days I needed to make my own. I took a favorite recipe, my tried and true, and made it my go to hot dog/ hamburger bun recipe.
I used my favorite Italian Roll Recipe from Better Batter and gave it a little twe-a-k! You have to know that basing this bun off an Italian roll that they are not your firm, lot of bread bun. They are less bready but very yummy!
3-1/2 cups Better Batter Flour
2 cups water,warm (105˚F - 110˚F)
1 packet of active dry yeast
1 Tbsp sugar
1-1/2 tsp salt
In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, place a 1/2 cup warm water, sugar, and yeast. Let sit for five minutes.
In a medium bowl, mix flour and salt.
Mixing on low speed, alternate adding flour and water to yeast mixture.
Turn on high and beat for 3 minutes.
Spray cooking spray in a 1 gallon Ziploc bag. Cut off the tip of the bag.
Fill Ziploc bag with dough and pipe the dough into long buns on a parchment lined baking sheet.
(Remember if you cut the hole too big you get these whopper buns, which I cut in half. With the second batch I made, I cut a smaller hole and they made a better sized buns.)
Let rise in a warm location for 15 minutes.
Bake at 400˚F for about 20 minutes. Rotate once during cooking time.
(Better Batter suggests throwing ice cubes onto the bottom of the oven as it cooks. This is to give a crispy outer crust and a soft inside. I do this when I have time.)
Let cool completely before cutting.
Note 2: If you want to make hamburger buns, grease 1/4 or 1/2 cup measuring cup, scooping dough and placing on a hamburger pan, or on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake as directed