On the Pillsbury website, I saw a recipe for Crescent Mummy Dogs and thought that the mummies were pretty cute and perfect for Halloween. Since I love making things from scratch, I opted to make my own bread dough to use for shaping (but if you don't have time, instant crescent dough will work in a snap). I used a roll recipe from America's Test Kitchen along with the general idea from the Pillsbury recipe to create this Halloween snack.
1/2 cup warm milk (110 degrees)
1/4 cup sugar
4 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
plus, 2 tbsp butter, melted (for brushing before baking)
1 egg + 1 egg yolk @ room temperature
2-2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (or instant yeast)
1/4 tsp salt
1 pack of skinny-sized hot dogs (I used Nathan's hot dogs, but just choose any type with a smaller diameter than the typical hot dog)
mustard or ketchup for the faces
Melt the 4 tablespoons butter in the microwave and set aside to cool. Warm the milk in the microwave. It should be hot but you should still be able to touch it without being burned (typically I microwave it in my glass measuring cup for 15 seconds and add more time if necessary). If using active dry yeast, add 1 teaspoon of the 1/4 cup of sugar to the milk and then add the yeast. Mix it all together and let it proof for 10 minutes.
While waiting for the yeast, in a large bowl, mix 2 cups of flour, the salt, and the rest of the sugar and make a well in the center. (If using instant yeast, the yeast can be directly mixed in the the dry ingredients; proofing is not necessary.) Once the yeast is bubbly, pour the milk/yeast mix into the well. Then pour in the melted butter and the egg and extra yolk. With one hand, gently mix the liquid ingredients in the center of the well, breaking up the egg yolks until the mix is relatively even.
Then slowly mix the flour into the well until the dough starts to come together. At this point, if the dough is too sticky, slowly add in that remaining 1/2 cup of flour, 2 tablespoons at a time until the dough no longer sticks to your hands. Gather the dough into a ball and place it back into the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in a warm place to rise for an hour until doubled in size.
Take a hot dog half and a dough strip, begin the wrapping process. Starting from where you cut the hot dog, wrap upwards, making lots of visible overlaps to imitate the bindings on a mummy. Use as many strips as necessary to ensure that your mummy is well covered (I used 2-3 per hot dog half), but be sure to leave an empty gap about 2/3 the way up so that your mummy will have a face. Once you're satisfied, place the mummy dog onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with your other hot dogs. Once you run out of dough strips, uncover another piece of your dough, roll it out, and cut it up.
Repeat above steps until either all the dough or all the hot dog halves are used up. Extra dough can be shaped into rolls and baked along with the mummies. Extra hot dogs, well those can be eaten as a snack or refrigerated for some other purpose. Once all the mummies are on their baking sheets, let them rise for 30 minutes. While waiting, preheat your oven to 350°F and melt your remaining 2 T of butter. When the bread is done rising, brush all your mummies with the melted butter and place in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until they turn golden. Then remove them from the oven and let them cool on the sheets for 10 minutes.