Homemade Hot Dog Buns

Sometimes junky food just sounds good. You know what guilty pleasures I'm talking about: pizza, milkshakes, nachos, french fries, chili dogs... the kind of food that will wreck your diet. 

Every once in a while, Kyle and I get a craving for chili dogs. For most families chili dogs are a really quick and simple meal to whip up. All you need is hot dogs, buns, and a can of chili. But most families are not allergic to soy. 

With Kyle's soy intolerance, chili dogs can be more time consuming when it comes to preparation. Almost all loaves of bread that you buy at the store contain soy, including hot dog buns. Most of the time, the bread that is baked in the store's bakery isn't even safe. Finding soy free hot dogs is pretty easy, but good luck finding a soy free can of chili. If you do, please let me know the name of the brand and where you bought it. :) 

Homemade chili is easy to whip up, but yesterday I tried making my own hot dog buns. Let me share with you what I did. 

A few months back I found an awesome bread recipe at Strawberry Cake. You can find it HERE. It is my go to recipe for white bread in my bread machine. I use it to make bread, rolls, and now hot dog buns! 

When I use this recipe I have to convert the butter to olive oil, because Kyle is allergic to dairy. You can find an easy conversion chart for equivalences of butter to olive oil HERE.  

Here is my no soy, no dairy, modified recipe: 
1 cup lukewarm water
1 1/2 T olive oil 
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
3 1/4 cups bread flour
3 tsp. yeast
1 tsp. salt 

Add all of the wet ingredients into the bowl of your bread machine, plus the sugar. 

Next, add the flour on top of the wet ingredients. 

Evenly spread out the flour. Dig a little hole in the center for the yeast, and add it in. Then sprinkle the salt around the outside edges of the flour. 

Put the bowl down into your bread machine and close the lid. Choose the dough setting and press start! 

My machine takes an hour an a half to make the dough. When it is finished it looks like this. Beautiful and as easy as pushing a button. 

Lightly flour a cutting board, and plop the dough on it. 

Smash the dough with your hands so that it looks like this: 

Cut the dough into long sections like this: 

Taking one section at a time, roll the dough with your hands into a cylinder shape to make a hot dog bun. Some of the sections that I cut I was able to cut again in half because they were really long. Arrange the buns on a heavily greased baking sheet (I use canola oil to grease the sheet), and cover with a clean kitchen towel for 30-40 minutes. This allows the buns to rise. 

See how much they grew by letting them rise? 
Place them into a 375 degree oven and bake for just 10 minutes.

Voila! Home made hot dog buns! 

Kyle thought I was the best wife ever. Safe chili dogs? What more could a man want? 

Much love, 


  1. I love that you stay home and make all this stuff now... Will you be my chef? :)

  2. I saw on Facebook that you made homemade bread yesterday! Sounds like you don't need me to be your chef! How did you do it sans bread maker?

  3. Whitney, how did you get those buns so uniform in shape? They look beautiful

  4. I made these tonight for my dairy-allergic son. He ate 3!