These hotdogs or Pigs in a Blanket are a favorite in our house. I sometimes fill the hot dogs with cheese filled sausages and sometimes I don’t wrap them as monsters.
Try bringing them for potlucks, sharing, lunch boxes, picnics, playdates or serve them at birthday parties.
- 1/2 cup lukewarm water
- 1 tablespoon dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon honey or sugar
- 1 stick of butter (4 oz / 113 g)
- 3.5 cup flour
- 1/2 cup yogurt
- 1 egg (+1 egg for brushing)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 8 Wieners (cut in half)
- To begin with you have to activate the dry yeast. To do that you take a large bowl and mix the dry yeast, the lukewarm water and honey (or sugar).
- When the mix starts to bubble a bit, the yeast is ready to use and you can add the rest of the ingredients.
- Then you add melted butter, flour, yogurt, egg and salt and knead the dough well! I use a stand mixer.
- Now you have to let the dough rise, covered, for about half an hour.
- After the dough has rested for half an hour, you divide the dough into 16 equal chunks. (the 16. chunk is for bodyparts!)
Making the monsters:
- Cut the wieners in the middle so you have two half wieners and 16 wieners in total. (note, the recipe makes 15 wieners in total.)
- Roll each piece of dough out between your hands so it forms a long thin shape, about 15 inches long.
- Repeat with each piece of dough and you will now have 15 pieces of long dough.
- Now you take on of the half wieners and one of the long pieces of dough.
- Start by rolling the dough carefully around the wiener. Start from the end where the wiener has been divided. Roll the dough around the wiener until you reach the other end. (this is the body)
- Use a tiny bit from the 16. chunk of dough to roll out two tiny balls. Place them on top, towards the end where your wiener peaks out. Place the eyes close together or they will roll down when baked. (this is the eyes)
- Then you take another tiny lump from the 16. body-part-chunk and roll it out thinly. Round, rectangular or triangle, it doesn’t matter. Size just needs to be about a like a quarter. Cut 1/4″ into that piece to form a claw. Make two and place them just under the head of the body part. (this is the arms)
- Finally you place them on a baking tray with baking paper and let rise for 15 min. – while oven is heating up.
- Brush the monsters with a beaten egg and bake for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until lightly golden. Adding an egg wash to the dough and a maybe a sprinkle of sesame seeds makes these breads extra delicious!
- Cool on a rack and enjoy.
You can easily freeze them after they are baked.
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