Bread is an essential part of a sandwich. The type of bread can define what kind of sandwich. Such is the case with a sub (or submarine). Subs are near and dear to me. They are special in that I rarely make them at home. My idea of getting fast food is stopping by the local deli to get one. That has changed recently after I baked Vienna Hoagie Buns.
Why did I bake these buns? It is for the June Twelve Loaves challenge. As I was baking I thought about my recent post on Brötchen and sharing German food. Well, this is close because Austria is next door. I don’t think these are a traditional Austrian recipe, only that they are a type of roll or bun. They have a “chewy” inside and a semi-hard outside. They are not hard or as crunchy as Brötchen. They make a wonderful sub sandwich.
What sandwich did I make with these buns? Well, it’s kind of funny because it was quite German. I grilled bratwurst and made braised sauerkraut. I sliced open the buns and stuffed them with some mustard, a bratwurst, and topped it with sauerkraut. We feasted on them along with potato chips. It was a great meal and one I could have again and again. My next homemade sub will probably be Dagwood-style with lots of meats, cheeses, and toppings.
May Twelve Loaves is all about summer buns. They can be sweet, savory, big, or small. Take a look at what the talented bakers have to share:
- Raspberry Cream Cheese Brioche Pockets from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Sweet Hawaiian Slider Buns from Try Anything Once
- Vienna Hoagie Buns from Magnolia Days
- Blackberry Buns from Cake Duchess
- Hamburger Buns from Ma Che Ti Sei Mangiato
- Spaccatini from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Focaccia Buns from A Baker’s House
- Homemade Pretzel Rolls from A Handful of Everything
- Macadamia Coconut Buns from Vintage Kitchen
#TwelveLoaves June: Summer Buns. Summer is all about lazy mornings and easy lunches. Outside barbecues and lots of grilling! Share your favorite summer bun recipe (sweet or savory). Let’s get baking!
Want to join the #TwelveLoaves group? It’s easy!
- When you post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, make sure that you mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post; this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone’s posts. Please make sure that your bread is inspired by the theme!
- Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of my blog. It must be a bread baked to the Twelve Loaves theme.
- Have your Twelve Loaves bread that you baked this June, 2013, and posted on your blog by June 30, 2013.
Vienna Hoagie Sandwich Buns
- 5 1/2 to 6 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 packages active dry yeast 1/4 ounce each
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 tablespoon shortening
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon water
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 2 1/2 cups flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Whisk to combine.
In a small saucepan, heat 1 1/4 cups water, milk, and shortening until 120 to 130 degrees F. (Shortening will not melt)
Add warm liquid to the bowl and stir to combine. Place bowl on stand mixer with the flat beater. Add 1 cup of flour and mix on medium-low speed for 3 minutes.
Switch flat beater to dough hook. Turn mixer to speed recommended for using the dough hook. Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a firm dough.
Knead with the dough hook for 4 to 5 minutes. While dough is kneading, grease a large bowl.
Turn dough out on a lightly floured surface and hand knead a few times until the surface is smooth and elastic.
Place dough in the greased bowl and turn to coat surface. Loosely cover with plastic wrap or a tea towel.
Let rise in a warm place (72 - 75 degrees F) until doubled, about 1 hour.
While the dough is rising, grease two baking sheets.
Punch down dough. Divide into 8 equal pieces (recommended to use a scale).
Roll or pat each piece to an 8- X 4-inch rectangle. Start with the longer side and roll up tightly while pressing dough into roll with each turn. Pinch edge and ends to seal.
Place buns on the cookie sheets, 4 per sheet and spaced equally apart.
With a serrated or very sharp knife, cut 2 to 3 slashes across the top of each bun.
Cover buns with a tea towel and let rise until double, about 20 minutes.
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg white and 1 tablespoon of water to make an egg wash.
Brush egg wash on tops of buns.
Bake buns for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden-brown. Rotate buns half way through baking for even browning.
Remove buns from cookie sheets and cool on a wire rack.
A recipe for Vienna Hoagie Buns that are great for sandwiches. These white buns have a chewy inside and a crisp crust on the outside.
Recipe adapted from one in the Red Star Centennial Bread Sampler cookbook published in 1981 (currently out of print).
Friday 22nd of January 2021
BEST EVER! I switched out to bread flour and used for pizza dough. I’m deleting my other pizza dough recipies!
Sunday 12th of August 2018
How do you room the bread to make the perfect 12 in sub bun
Monday 13th of August 2018
Room the bread?
Thursday 19th of April 2018
Would these buns hold up to a French Dip sandwich?
Friday 20th of April 2018
Yes, they should be fine.
Wednesday 16th of August 2017
This recipe is amazing!! The whole family loves it!! I do have a question though...they didn't get as big as I had hoped on the last proof..would they blow out if I let them proof as loaves for about 40min-1hr? Thanks!
Thursday 17th of August 2017
Hi Nicole! Thank you for the kind words! According to my source (Renee, who published this post originally), if you let the bread rise past double, it could fall (deflate) during baking. To test when it is double, press finger lightly into the dough near the edge. If the indendentation remains, the dough is double.
Thursday 13th of July 2017
I'm going to try this recipe. I've been looking for a "soft inside, crunchy crust" hoagie roll. I'm going to make Phlly Steak sandwiches. If this works for me, it'll be a keeper! I might put a pan of hot water in the oven to get the crust really crunchy. Also, I might change the shortening to lard.