Saturday, April 29, 2017

Bagel Dogs

Bagel dogs are fun. They are a neat little package. And, kids love them. These bagel dogs were so good, the five-year old couldn't wait for them to cool down before taking a huge bite. Ouch! The baking soda in the boiling water helps to put a nice crust on the outside of the bagel. The exterior crisps up in the oven while the inside of the "bagel" is tender.

I use Hebrew National hot dogs, and there are only 7 dogs in the package. I made 5 little pretzels out of the extra ropes. Bonus!


Bagel Dogs
from Circle B Kitchen

4 cups bread flour

2 1/4 tsp (1 pkg) active dry yeast

1 3/4 cup warm water

2 tsp sugar
 1/2 tsp vegetable oil 

2 tsp salt

8-10 hot dogs
1/4 c baking soda

1 T poppy seeds (or chia seeds)
1 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp petzel salt

1. In a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the sugar, warm water and yeast.  Let sit for 3-5 minutes.  Stir in the flour, salt and vegetable oil.  Mix the dough thoroughly until it comes together in a large ball.  Knead either in the mixer or by hand for about 10 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and let rise for an hour.
2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
3. Set a pot of water on the stove to boil.
4. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
5. Divide the dough into 12 pieces and keep them covered until you are ready to use them.  Roll the first piece into a strip about 1" x 11".
6. Working with one piece at a time, lay your hot dog at an angle at one end of the dough.  Roll the hot dog up the strip of dough and then pinch the ends really well to seal.  Place the bagel dogs on a floured board or piece of parchment paper and cover with a kitchen towel while you assemble the rest.
7. Let the bagel dogs rest 5-10 minutes. Add baking soda to boiling water, then place them in boiling water (in batches) for 2 minutes.  Turn over after 1 minute.
8. Place on prepared baking sheet. Combine the seeds and sprinkle the bagel dogs with the seed mixture. Bake for 15 minutes.  
9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool briefly before eating.   To freeze for later, let them cool completely and then place in ziploc bags and freeze.

To reheat, let them come to room temperature and then place in a 350 degree oven for 5 to 10 minutes.

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