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Frankfurt or New England Hot Dog Buns

A recipe for use with the New England Hot Dog Bun Pan from USA Pan®. Adapted from the recipe provided by USA Pan®. Laying out the dough in one piece in the pan, then slicing into individual buns after baking, follows what's available from grocers and in restaurants and lobster pounds.
Prep Time3 hrs 25 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time3 hrs 43 mins
Course: Breads
Keyword: Frankfurt buns, Frankfurt rolls, New England buns, New England rolls
Servings: 10 buns

Equipment

  • New England Hot Dog Bun Pan from USA Pan® (See Notes below)
  • 2 (two) large mixing bowls
  • Plastic wrap
  • Bread knife
  • Dish towel

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cup water, lukewarm
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cup AP flour, sifted
  • 2/3 cup potato flakes, instant
  • 1/4 cup dry milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp yeast, instant
  • 1 tsp salt
  • shortening for greasing one of the mixing bowls

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer.
  • Once all the ingredients are mixed, knead until dough is shiny and elastic, about 10 minutes by hand and 5 in a mixer.
  • Place dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap and a dish towel. Allow to rise in a warm place for about 2 hours.
  • Dough should be puffy. Deflate the dough and stretch it to fit in the New England hot dog bun pan. If it doesn't quite fit to the edge, that's ok. Cover with plastic wrap and a dish towel, and leave it for 15 minutes.
  • Go back and push the dough to fit corners and level as much as possible. Cover loosely with plastic wrap as the dough will rise taller than the pan, cover with a dish towel, and let rise about another hour.
  • When you are ready to bake the buns, preheat an oven to 375°F degrees (350°F for a convection oven).
  • Take off the plastic wrap. Bake the buns for 18 minutes. Cool on a rack for about 5 minutes. Remove the buns from the pan to cool completely.

Convection Oven Note

  • In some ovens, particularly smaller convection ovens, the tops of the buns won't be quite browned. About 9 minutes into the bake time, remove the buns from the oven and flip them out to check the tops. If they haven't started browning, set the baked bun mass right-side-up on a baking sheet and bake the remaining 9 minutes until the tops are golden brown.

Continuing...

  • Once cool, slice each bun partway down the middle first, then slice between the buns to separate.

Notes

  • The New England Hot Dog Bun Pan is available from USA Pan® at:
    https://www.usapan.com/new-england-hot-dog-bun-pan-1190ne
  • The New England Hot Dog Bun Pan from USA Pan® has a silicone coating that doesn’t respond well to non-stick sprays or metal utensils. It’s best not to use either with it. However, it it makes you feel better, greasing and flouring the pan is alright, although it’s not necessary.
  • In some ovens, particularly smaller convection ovens, the tops of the buns won't be quite browned. About 9 minutes into the bake time, remove the buns from the oven and flip them out to check the tops. If they haven't started browning, set the baked bun mass right-side-up on a baking sheet and bake the remaining 9 minutes until the tops are golden brown.