For convenience I made the dough in the bread maker but of course you could make this completely by hand if you prefer. Just make sure to dissolve the yeast in the warm water with the sugar for around 10 minutes before incorporating it into the dough. Knead for 10 minutes, let rest an hour and then follow the rest of the recipe as written.
This recipe has been adapted from my favourite bread maker cookbook Canada’s Best Bread Machine Baking Recipes.
Measure ingredients into baking pan in the order of ingredients: 1 1/4 cup warm water, 1 egg, 1 1/4 tsp salt, 2 tbsp sugar…
2 tbsp shortening, 1 1/2 cup whole wheat, 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour…
1/3 cup buttermilk powder and 1 1/4 tsp yeast. I almost had enough buttermilk powder but topped off the measuring cup with a little skim milk powder which worked like a charm.
Select Dough Cycle.
Remove dough to lightly floured surface and cover and let rest for 15 minutes.
It was a little late in the day and I was tired so instead I divided the dough into two (one for future hamburger buns and one for hot dog buns), wrapped the dough in plastic wrap, put it in a large plastic bag and placed in the freezer for a day I had more energy.
Divide dough into 12 equal portions (six because I was doing half the recipe).
Form into 5” hot dog shaped buns.
Place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover and let rise in warm place for 30-45 minutes.
My big mistake? I did not let the dough come up to room temperature so even though it sat for that long it did not double in size.
Bake in a preheated 375F oven for 15-18 minutes until buns sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.
You will notice that there were no directions from Canada’s Best Bread Machine Baking Recipes. It said nothing about placement.
My buns may not have increased in length but they got wider and kind of stuck together! Still completely functional but I suggest you give them more space in between.
They ended up being quite soft considering they are whole wheat. Quite delicious but I am going to use the rest for sandwiches instead. I look forward to trying the other batch of dough in my hamburger buns attempt!
I am thrilled I tried it and it helps bring some healthy attributes to a food of convenience and fun.