Homemade Beer Hot Dog Buns
Somewhere between the tenth and fifteenth IPA I sampled this weekend, I realized something.
Trying my best to taste the beer I was in charge of judging through a hop wrecked palate I realized that I love citrus. I love the bright, fresh flavors of citra hops, grapefruit peels, orange zest, and I love how beautifully they play with the flavors of hops.
I’d bravely accepted the challenge of judging a stadium full of IPAs this past weekend at a beer festival, and along with a co-judge, picking one standout winner. We had different palates, him and I. I fell hard and fast for the citrus spiked beers, he favored the IPA’s with a strong malt backbone. It took us a while to come to an agreement on a favorite. Left only in my hands, I’d have given out ten awards, all to grapefruit and orange tainted beers. But I was in no shape for large scale decision making after sampling 31 beers.
If you also like a little bit of a citrus molested beer, here are a few to seek out:
Hop Valley // Citrus Mistress
Balast Point // Grapefruit Sculpin
Snoqualime Falls // Sunny Si IPA
Terrapin // Hopzilla
Green Flash // Soul Style IPA
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tbs sugar
- 1 packet RAPID RISE yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ cup wheat beer
- ¾ cups whole milk
- 1 tbs olive oil
- Egg wash (1 egg, 1 tbs water, beaten)
- 1 tsp coarse salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp sesame seeds.
- Add the flour, sugar, yeast and salt to a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix to combine.
- In a microwave safe bowl add the beer and milk. Microwave on high until the liquid reaches 125 degrees, about 60 seconds.
- Add the liquid and the oil to the stand mixer, mix on high until dough gathers around the hook and is no longer sticky, about 8 minutes.
- Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, cover and allow to sit in a warm room until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Knead on a lightly floured surface for about a minute. Divide into 8 equal sized pieces. Roll each piece into a log about 5 inches long. Place buns on a baking sheet. Cover and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
- Brush with egg wash, sprinkle with salt, pepper and sesame seeds.
- Bake until golden brown, about 18 minutes.