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Braided Hotdog Buns

Soft and tasty buns braided around juicy hotdogs then topped with sesame seeds, these Braided Hotdog Buns are filling and addictive!

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Close up shot of a braided hotdog bun.

When one is hungry, he should not look at my Instagram feed, unless he wants to crave all sort of mouth-watering food.

You see, being a food blogger, I follow a whole lot of foodies, fellow food bloggers, and people who share the same passion for styling and staging food for the camera. Once click on the Instagram icon will expose you to hunger-inducing pastries, burgers and saucy stuff.

Braided hotdog buns on a red silicone mat.

Most often though, I am the victim of my own feed. When I saw some very pretty braided hotdog buns one day (thank you #bread), I automatically craved a hotdog, and  I kept staring at the photo, thinking how on earth were those intricate braids done.

I mean, I see hotdog sandwiches all the time (hello Costco!) but braided hotdog buns? They are a sight to behold.

These are very tasty because the large hotdogs are wrapped in soft and delicate bread, making the savory meat stand out. The sesame seeds toppings add an interesting texture and a great touch of flavor. Gosh, I am hungry writing this at 4 am!

Cut up braided hot dog bun showing the hotdog filling.

How to Make Braided Hotdog Buns?

Okay, first things first. The Dough. Proof the yeast in warm water in a bowl. I like to add a tiny sprinkle of sugar in the yeast and water mixture to yield a really foamy yeast.

Add the egg, milk, butter, more sugar and salt. Stir everything well using a wooden spoon or spatula.

Proofed yeast for the braided hotdog bun.

Add 3 cups of flour, one cup at a time and stir until incorporated. Now turn to the remaining one cup of flour and gradually add it to the mixture. Stir as you add.

Once the dough has gathered into a shaggy mass in the center of the bowl, stop adding more flour. There may be leftover flour and that is okay.

Mixing the dough for the braided hotdog buns.

Turn the dough over on a lightly floured board. With your hands, start to knead the dough, pushing it down and away from you using your palms and the weight of your lower body, then folding it inwards after the pushing motion. Dust the dough and the board with a bit of flour as needed to prevent sticking.

Repeat the series of actions until the dough is smooth, elastic and can stretch thinly. New to kneading? Check out my How to Knead Bread Dough with Video.

Bread dough collage, before and after kneading.

Shape the kneaded dough into a ball and place it in a bowl. Cover it with a clean kitchen towel and let it rise for 1 to 1 and 1.2 hours, or until it has doubled in bulk. After rising, gently punch the dough down.

Assemble the Braided Hotdog Buns

Fun part guys! Assembly time. Divide the deflated dough into 12 portions. Using your palms or a rolling pin, flatten the portion into an oval or rectangle, roughly 4×3 inches in size.

Place a hotdog vertically in the center of the oval/rectangle. The hotdogs are larger than a regular one. See the recipe for the hotdog size. 

Collage of braided hotdog buns assembly.

Now to the left and right side of the hotdog, there will be uncovered space of dough. Cut horizontal slits on both of those dough areas to yield strips of dough that are about half an inch thick. Use a knife to do this.

Alternately wrap the hotdog with the strips of dough, beginning on one side then the other, and so on until all the strips are wrapped around the hotdog.

Assembled braided hotdog buns on the baking tray.

 Arrange the assembled hotdog buns on a baking tray lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Leave about an inch of spaces in between. Cover them loosely with a towel and let them rise for about an hour, or until soft and puffy.

Braided hotdog buns ready for baking.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Beat the egg and brush the surface of the buns with it. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top. Bake the braided hotdog buns for 18-25 minutes, or until the buns are lightly golden.

Top angle shot of braided hotdog buns.

And there my friends, the kind of hotdog that does not require any sort of fixin’. You will love these, guaranteed.

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Close up shot of a braided hotdog bun.

Braided Hotdog Buns

Soft and tasty buns braided around juicy hotdogs then topped with sesame seeds, these Braided Hotdog Buns are filling and addictive! 
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Course: Snacks
Cuisine: Asian, Western
Keyword: hotdog buns
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
rise times for the dough: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 48 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 338kcal
Author: sanna

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup warm water 105-115 F
  • 2 and 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg for egg wash
  • 12 large hotdogs about 5.5 inches long and 3.5 inch thick

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, combine yeast, about a teaspoon of the sugar and warm water. Let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes, or until foamy. Add the warm milk, the egg, the butter, sugar and salt. Stir everything well with a rubber spatula or a wooden spoon.
  • Add three cups of flour, one cup at a time, and stir well until incorporated. Add the remaining flour gradually while stirring, stopping when the dough gathers in the center of the bowl into a shaggy mass. You may not need all of the flour.
  • Turn the dough over on a floured board. Knead the dough, sprinkling flour when needed to prevent the dough from sticking too much. Knead until the dough is elastic, smooth and can stretch thinly. Shape the kneaded dough into a ball and place it in a bowl. Cover it with a clean kitchen towel and let it rise for 1 and 1/2 hours or until it has doubled in bulk.
  • Once risen, gently punch the dough down and divide it into 12 portions. Using a rolling pin or your palms, flatten a portion into a 4x3 inches rectangle or oval (does not need to be exact). Place a hotdog vertically in the middle of the rectangle. Cut horizontal slits using a knife (about half an inch thick) on both the sides of the dough that surrounds the hotdog.
  • Wrap the hotdog with the strips of dough, alternately folding from the left and then the right, over to the center. Repeat with the rest of the portions. Arrange the assembled hotdog buns on a baking tray lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Leave about an inch of spaces in between. Cover them loosely with a towel and let them rise for about an hour, or until soft and puffy.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Beat the egg and brush the surface of the buns with it. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top. Bake the braided hotdog buns for 18-25 minutes, or until the buns are lightly golden.

Notes

Nutrition Facts
Braided Hotdog Buns
Amount Per Serving (1 bun)
Calories 338 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 67mg22%
Sodium 556mg24%
Potassium 150mg4%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 195IU4%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Hotdogs used are slightly larger than regular ones (recommended). See the recipe fot he hotdog size.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bun | Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 556mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 3.2mg
Soft and tasty buns braided around juicy hotdogs then topped with sesame seeds, these Braided Hotdog Buns are filling and addictive! #hotdogs #braidedbuns #sausagebuns
Soft and tasty buns braided around juicy hotdogs then topped with sesame seeds, these Braided Hotdog Buns are filling and addictive! #hotdogs #braidedbuns #sausagebuns

 

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