Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Baked Mini Corn Dogs

Son #1 wanted corn dogs for lunch this week.  I think they must be serving them in the cafeteria at school because "corn dog" really isn't in our vocabulary.  Now, you know that I don't shy away from frying things in oil from time to time (Mmmmmm.  Donuts . . . ), but if the kids were going to eat these every day for lunch (kids are like that) frying seemed like a bad idea.  Solution: a baked corn dog that is somewhere between a pretzel and the deep fried original.  These were/are a massive hit with my kids and hopefully will be with yours as well.  I also understand there is some major sporting event coming up this weekend which might lend itself to a a corn dog or two.

Makes 24.  Weighing the ingredients (the flour in particular) provides the most consistent results.
- 12oz/340ml/1.5 cups plain soy milk
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp instant or active dry yeast
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 1.5 tsp salt
- generous 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 9oz/255g/1.5 cups fine cornmeal
- 11.5oz/326g/2.5 cups white bread flour
- soy milk for brushing
- 12 veggie hot dogs, cut in half

- I have seen recipes that call for some cayenne in the dough, or some minced jalapeƱo.  These sound like great ideas but not the kind of things my kids like

1. Warm up soy milk to between 90 and 100 degrees F, then whisk in vinegar.  When thick, whisk in yeast, oil, and sugar.  Let sit for 5 mins to allow yeast to dissolve.
2.   Meanwhile, whisk salt, baking soda and cornmeal in stand mixer bowl.  Add yeast mixture and mix well.  Let sit for 5 mins.
3. Add flour and mix into a rough dough.  Let sit for 5 mins, then knead with a dough hook for 5 mins on med-lo speed.  The dough should clear the bottom of the bowl and should be tacky but not be sticky.  Adjust flour as needed (I find the amount above to be perfect).
4. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl and turn to coat.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  You can skip this step if you are in a rush and just let the dough rise at room temp, but I find that the overnight fermentation produces great flavour, lets the gluten relax, and allows the cornmeal to soften.  Also, since the dough is tacky, cooling the dough makes it much easier to work with.  You can also compromise between the two methods and refrigerate the dough for about 4 hours.
5. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Place one oven rack in the second highest position, and one on the second lowest.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
6. Divide the dough into 24 equal pieces (around 40g each) then cover to keep from drying out.  Flatten each piece into a rectangle slightly longer than the veggie dog half and wide enough to wrap around the veggie dog.  Lightly dust the work surface with flour if the dough is too tacky to work with.  Wrap the dough around the veggie dog and pinch to seal the seam and ends.  Gently roll the dog back and forth in your hands to smooth out the dough as much as possible.  Place on the prepared sheet and repeat.  Put 12 corn dogs on each baking sheet.
7.  Brush each corn dog with soy milk (I pick them up and brush all sides).  Bake for 7.5 mins, then rotate and switch the sheets from one rack to the other (i.e. the sheet on the second highest rack will now be on the second lowest, and vice versa).  Bake for another 7.5 mins then transfer to a cooling rack.


sledgewig girl said...

LOVE it! thanks for the recipe!

Ida Broekhart said...

What an excelent idea. And I like the soy milk!

Karen's Vegan Kitchen said...

You are so bloody brilliant. The last time I attempted corn dogs it was a disaster. This looks very do-able and fun to make!

veg-out said...

I only have one rack for my oven. Do you recommend 2 batches or can they all go on one sheet? Which position should my rack go on?
Kids are going to love these!

Allysia said...

These are super adorable! I always try to bake instead of fry wherever possible, but it just isn't the same with donuts. :) And it's awesome because your kids get to enjoy the same food as the other (non-vegan) kids, but this version is likely a lot healthier!

Amanda said...

Do you think I could refrigerate or freeze these and reheat for the next day? (superbowl)


Kylie said...

Oh wow, these look delish! I may not be a kid but I'm totally going to try these!

Carrie™ said...

I've picked up Morningstar Farms frozen corndogs when I've been cross-border shopping, but never thought I could make them at home. This is genius! I like the fact that the job is split over 2 days. Might require some planning, but doesn't seem like such a huge task. Thanks for this! Too bad I hadn't seen it before today.

Veggie Tales said...

Yum! I'd definitely be down for some minced jalapeno!

Veganprincss said...

I made these over the weekend - they are delicious! They were perfect for the big-game, and so easy to make. Thank you for our new go-to "junk food"!

Jess said...

This should totally be labelled kid-friendly.

I have been looking for a protein-rich snack for the (omni) kids I cook for, and these look perfect. I think some sweet red pepper and green onion chopped into the batter would go over well with them.

Vegan Eating Out said...

These look delicious! Just shows you that a vegan alternative can be made for anything.

bafleyanne said...

What kind of veggie dogs do you think taste best? I have not had a lot of luck finding good ones.

Vegan Yack Attack! said...

These sound awesome! I used to be a sucker for this finger food, so I may just have to make them myself! Thank you for the recipe! :)

Kathleen said...

Thanks for this idea. The only non-meat Corn dogs that I can find at the supermarket have eggs in them, so this is wonderful...can't wait to try it!

Kathleen Richardson said...

This is a great idea. I've got to put in on Pinterest. com and call it to my vegetarian daughter's attention. She and the grandsons would love these.

Lindsay said...

I love this blog! I wish there were more fathers like you out there. And mothers, for that matter. So many times (from what I've noticed) one party will be more vegan/vegetarian and the other party will not comply, when it comes to feeing the kids. ASK ME HOW I KNOW.

Your recipes are fantastic! I especially love the vegan pasta one, that's how I found this blog, I was googling vegan pasta recipes.

katrina ubell said...

Which brand of veggie hot dog does your family prefer? Always on the lookout for a better one....Thanks!!

Eliza said...

Looks so yummy :) Thanks!

GP said...

Very tasty! Just like the corn dogs I remember only better. Thanks for bringing back memories and making my kids happy in the process.

Sandor said...

These are so good! My girlfriend and I had a lot of fun together making them for Valentine's Day! Thank you!

jo90 said...

Gonna make these soon. I think my kids will love them! Thanks for the recipe.

Veganadian said...

These are GREAT! Works with almond milk too. Mixed it all up in the morning, and let rise in the fridge for 6 hours (two hockey games, eh?). Sprayed with oil instead of brushing with soy milk. My cornmeal bag didn't say 'fine' or 'coarse', but whatever it was, it worked.

Ultimate party food!!!