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When my eldest was dressing up for Halloween last year, he mentioned that I should try making some black-coloured food. Something eerie. A little sinister.
Funny enough, this came to mind.
Black Activated Charcoal Hot Dog Buns.
I had seen charcoal burger buns, and even charcoal waffles, but I wanted to try something different.
HOW DOES ACTIVATED CHARCOAL WORK?
It’s not my first time baking with activated charcoal, and while the colour may put some people off, activated charcoal is widely used as a way to remove toxins from your system. How it works is activated charcoal absorbs chemicals and prevents them from being absorbed into the body.
JAPANESE-INSPIRED HOT DOGS
I’ve taken these hotdog buns and added:
- non-GMO grass-fed Polish dog
and gave them Japanese-inspired toppings:
- kewpie mayo,
- bonito flakes,
- roasted nori and
- green onions
Serve with some potato chips, and you’ve got the most delicious and unique lunch.
Soft yet dense, multi-purpose bread buns that you can use for hot dogs, smokies, or even sandwich meat — the possibilities are absolutely endless. Change the shape and you’ve got burger buns.
I find the fun in cooking and baking is in the creative process. Let your imagination run wild and see what you can create in the kitchen. If you need some inspiration on baking with activated charcoal, I’ve got these Black Sesame Charcoal Mochi to get you started.
And if you’d like to try out these powders for yourself, use my code SIFTANDSIMMER15 for 15% off your purchase at Suncore Foods.*
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Let me know if you try out these Black Activated Charcoal Hot Dog Buns — tag me on Instagram @siftandsimmer or leave a comment below.
Black Activated Charcoal Hot Dog Buns
For accuracy and precision in baking recipes, use weight (metric) measurements when available.
- 60 g lukewarm water
- 7 g active dry yeast
- 12 g granulated sugar
- 365 g all-purpose flour
- 244 ml whole milk
- 13 g vegetable oil
- 1 tsp coarse sea salt
- 1 Tbsp Suncore Activated Charcoal Coconut Supercolor Powder
- 1 egg + 1 tsp water beaten
- 1 Tbsp white sesame seeds
- Place the lukewarm water, yeast and sugar together into a bowl. Give it a stir and set aside for a few minutes.
- In a stand mixer bowl fitted with a dough hook attachment, add in the flour, milk, oil, and sea salt. When the yeast has activated and is bubbly, add it into the flour mixture and knead until the dough becomes smooth and shiny. Add in the Suncore Activated Charcoal Coconut Supercolor Powder and keep kneading until the black colour is incorporated into the dough.
- Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it sit in a warm place to double in bulk.
- Line a large baking sheet (12" by 17") with parchment paper.
- When the dough has doubled in size, punch down the dough and divide into 8 equal pieces (I use a scale to do this).
- Form each piece into a ball and roll into a rectangle about 4.5" in length for hotdog buns. Press down the tops to flatten so they don't get too poofy. For hamburgers, form each ball into a 3.5" diameter and press down to flatten.
- Place onto the lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough.
- Cover the buns with a piece of loose plastic wrap and let it rise for another 30-40 minutes, until slightly puffy.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Remove the plastic wrap and lightly brush the tops of each bun with the beaten egg. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.
- Bake the buns for 20-22 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the bread reaches 190F.
- Remove and let cool on a rack before slicing.
The nutritional information provided should be considered as approximate and is not guaranteed. Please use your best judgment to ensure food is safely prepared and/or a good fit for your diet.