First of all I realize people have been baking bread forever and this is nothing special, but it’s an excuse to post pictures and that I really like.
This one was mostly for fun. I love bagels, but will probably never make this recipe again. It’s a lot of work for twelve bagels. It’s also dangerous because I might try to replicate Einstein’s Bagel Bites which are little pieces of heaven wrapped up in a donut-hole size bagel covered in chocolate or cinnamon. Mmmmmhhhhhh. After the diet maybe.
This recipe makes about 12 bagels.
1 t yeast
4 cups flour
2 1/2 cups warm water
1 t brown sugar
1/2 t yeast
3 1/2 cups flour (with a little more set aside in case the dough is too wet)
3 t salt
1 1/2 T brown sugar
1 Salt for the water
Cornmeal or flour for the bottoms
Cinnamon/sugar mix, chocolate chips, basil, oregano, salt
Make the Start
Combine the warm water, brown sugar and yeast, let it bubble for five minutes. Stir the yeast into the flour in a large mixing bowl. It will be pretty gooey. Cover with plastic wrap sprayed with Pam let it rise for two hours.
Remove the plastic wrap and stir the additional yeast into the Start. Add 3 cups of the flour, the brown sugar and the salt into the bowl and mix until all of the ingredients form a ball. Slowly add the additional 3/4 cups of flour to make the dough really stiff. The dough needs to be drier than normal bread dough, but everything needs to still stick together.
Also, this one was all by hand, so knead it for 10 minutes.
Split the dough into a dozen small pieces and roll each piece into a ball. When you have all 12 pieces made, cover them with a damp towel and let them raise for 20 minutes.
Poke your thumb through the center of each roll and then spin it making the wheel shape. It needs to be even on all sides. We made the opening about the size of a quarter, but that made the whole almost disappear as it rose and cooked. I’d make it the size of a half dollar.
Put the shapes dough on parchment paper or the counter that’s been sprayed with oil. Cover them with plastic and let them raise 20-30 minutes. Start boiling a huge pot of water and preheat the oven to 500.
Cook each bagel for 1 minute on each side in the boiling water. Cover a cookie sheet with cornmeal or flour and lay each boiled bagel on the sheet. Lightly brush with butter or olive oil and add toppings. We did some chocolate chip, some cinnamon and some with various spices. The cinnamon were the best.
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