homemade hot dog buns:
Ingredients: 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast 1 cup warm water (about 110°F or 43°C) 2 tablespoons sugar 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted Sesame seeds (optional, for topping) Instructions: In a bowl, combine the warm water and sugar. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let it sit for about 5 minutes until it becomes foamy.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the yeast mixture and melted butter.
Stir the mixture until it forms a dough.
Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 8-10 minutes or until it becomes smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1-1.5 hours or until it has doubled in size. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Punch down the risen dough and turn it out onto a floured surface. Divide it into 8 equal portions.
Roll each portion into a long rope, about 6-8 inches long. Place the ropes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving space between each. Cover the buns with a clean kitchen towel and let them rise for an additional 20-30 minutes. If desired, brush the tops of the buns with an egg wash and sprinkle sesame seeds over them. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until the buns are golden brown. Allow the hot dog buns to cool before slicing and serving. Feel free to customize the recipe according to your preferences. Enjoy your homemade hot dog buns!