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[Recipe] Braided Hotdog Oat Bun

I always wanted to try making these hotdog baked inside buns at home and I finally found the time to do some experimentation. This was actually inspired with a video I seen from YouTube that showed how to make hotdogs wrapped in store-bought puff pastry. I just simply used my usual oat bread dough recipe and tried shaping the dough by braiding strips that have been cut diagonally on the sides. The hotdog was fried first in a bit of oil before being wrapped in dough and then baked.

2 cups bread flour, sifted (plus a bit more to sprinkle on the surface during kneading)
1 Cup water
1/4 cup instant oatmeal
3 Tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons of coconut sugar (or white sugar if you prefer)
1 packet of yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon melted butter, for brushing the dough (optional)
3 Jumbo-sized hotdogs, fried or steamed

Heat some water until boiling. In a bowl, add 1 cup of freshly boiled water, the coconut sugar, and the instant oatmeal. Let it cool to a lukewarm temperature before adding in the packet of yeast. Set it aside for 10 or so minutes until you see some frothing. In a mixing bowl, mix the bread flour, salt, and olive oil. Mix in the oatmeal/yeast mixture until it forms into a sticky dough. Add just enough bread flour until you can knead the dough in a floured surface until it is elastic. Let it rise in a bowl covered in damp cloth until about double in size. Divide the dough into 3 and using a rolling pin, roll the dough into oval-shapes. Place a hotdog in the middle and cut the sides of the dough diagonally into 1-inch strips. Weave this dough strips in an overlapping pattern to cover the hotdog. Place in a tray lined with baking paper. Let it rise for another 20 minutes. Brush with the melted butter then bake in a preheated oven (180 degrees Celsius/356 degrees Fahrenheit) for around 25 minutes or until you get a nice brown color on the crust.

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