I am on a quest to perfect homemade hot dog buns this summer. I'm debating between three methods - hand shaping them, a Chicago Metallic hot dog bun pan with indentations shaped like hot dog buns (but it makes 24 buns, which I really don't need) or a Chicago Metallic pan sold by King Arthur Flour for New England style hot dog buns (looks great, but it's expensive). Has anyone had any success or failure with any of these methods? I have compiled a dozen or so recipes and haven't decided on one yet. I'd love any thoughts on what constitutes the perfect bun and how to make it.