I mean, you’re welcome! Do I even need to continue? Okay, I guess I can say a few things about these beautiful dogs…bagel dogs, that is. Sure, you can stuff a hot dog into puff pastry but let me tell you something, challah is worth the extra time! My mom used to make challah dough bagel dogs for me and my siblings when we were kids and we would devour them as they came out of the oven. Now my sisters makes them for their kids and even take them to baseball games and after-school programs as a snack. So the update to this recipe goes as follows: my husband, my father and one of my sisters were discussing menus for the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Succot. My husband mentioned hot dogs then my father brought up bagel dogs then my sister shouted out that they must be filled with kishka. No brainer, right? So I figured I would test the recipe before the holidays (you know, sacrifice myself for the greater good) and we should all be very very happy that I did! All it takes is an easy and quick challah recipe that you must try, delicious hot dogs and uncooked kishka. And to any of my readers wondering about this “kishka”, it is a traditional Jewish dish made from beef casing stuffed with flour or matzo meal, schmaltz (chicken or beef fat) and spices. You can certainly leave the kishka out of these bagel dogs but why would you do a thing like that????
Oh, that beautiful dough! I love this easy recipe from my friend, Marlene Genauer, and she was sweet enough to share it with all of us. So many challah recipes take hours of time to rise but you only have to let this dough rise for 1 hour before baking. If you are actually planning to bake challah with her recipe (which is below) instead of bagel dogs, I recommend forming the challah shapes then covering them for 30 minutes to rise before baking.
The hot dog and kishka get all cuddly together in their fluffy challah blanket. I think I’m going crazy!
The kishka disappears inside of the dough and bakes right inside! You can add as much or as little kishka as you want. And there is no shame in leaving out the hot dog all together! I won’t tell anyone if you do.