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JALAPEÑO CHEDDAR HOT DOG BUNS

Inspired by my favorite green onion hot dog bread found at Asian bakeries, I set out to make a fluffy and soft bread with a ton of cheese and a kick of spice. These jalapeño cheddar hot dog buns are best eaten warm, fresh from the oven, but they also reheat very well!
Yield: 6 buns
Prep Time: 45 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Course: Snack
Servings: 6
Author: Maryanne Cabrera

Ingredients

Bread:

  • ¾ cup warm water, 95-110 degrees F
  • 1 teaspoon granualted sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon dry active yeast
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil

Toppings:

  • 6 hot dogs*
  • 1 ¾ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 jalapeños, thinly sliced
  • 1 large egg, beaten for egg wash

Instructions

Bread:

  • In a bowl, whisk together warm water, sugar, and yeast.  Let sit for 5-10 minutes until mixture starts to foam.
  • In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with hook attachment, combine flour and salt. Add yeast mixture and mix on low speed. Once dough starts to come together add cheese and olive oil. Increase speed to medium and knead until dough is smooth.
  • Transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 30 minutes. If you are not going to use dough immediately, place dough in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

Assembly:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Divide dough into 6 equal parts. Cover dough with plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out as you assemble the hot dog buns one at a time.
  • Take one portion of dough and roll it out into a long piece about 12-inches in length. Place 3-4 jalapeño slices on dough and sprinkle cheese on top.
  • Place hot dog at the bottom end of the dough and roll up. Pinch the end seams closed. Repeat with remaining hot dogs.
  • Arrange hot dog buns on prepared baking sheet. Add 3 slices of jalapeño on top of bun and sprinkle with cheese. Place in the oven for 15 minutes. At this point, the bread will expand and the displace the jalapeño. Remove from oven and lightly brush bun with egg wash. Add additional jalapeño slices and shredded cheese. Bake for another 15 minutes until bread is golden brown and cheese has melted.
  • Serve warm and enjoy immediately.*

Notes

Applegate Organic Beef Hot Dogs are my favorite!
*Note: Keep leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container.  To reheat, place hot dog bun on a microwave safe plate.  Plate a cup of water in the microwave along with the hot dog.  Heat for 45 seconds or longer, until the hot dog is warm.  The cup of water prevents the bread from getting tough and chewy during reheating.