Sunday, February 24, 2013

Homemade Bagels

I love bagels... especially topped with cream cheese or cream cheese and jam. YUM. I learned how to make them in my kitchen meeting that I go to once a month. If you make bread and rolls they aren't that hard. There are just a few extra steps involved but they are sooooooo worth it! Store bought bagels always leave me with a heavy feeling in the mornings so I usually only eat 1/2 of one. But these are light and so delicious I could eat two!!! I don't think I will ever buy them again. I followed the recipe just exactly how it is. But next time, I may add cinnamon or cinnamon chips and raisins?? you could even add a little grated cheese to the dough for a cheesy bagel, or chopped sauteed onions, or sun dried tomatoes...the possibilities are endless!!! Enjoy!

Homemade Bagels
3 cups warm water
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons yeast
3 cups white whole wheat flour
3-4 cups white all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons salt
1 egg white
poppy seeds and sesame seeds for topping

In a heavy duty mixer bowl, whisk together the water, 1/3 cup sugar and yeast; let rest for about 5 minutes or until it starts to foam and get bubbly on the top (that way you know your yeast is working). Add 3 cups white whole wheat flour and salt, mix one minute to incorporate the flour. Then start adding 3 more cups of the white all purpose flour a little at a time until the dough is soft and elastic, about 8 more minutes. (you may need to add a little or all of the other cup of flour, it depends on the weather and where you are located) you want your dough smooth and elastic with just a little stickiness. Pour your dough (or plop might be a better word) out onto a floured surface, cover with a dish towel and let raise for about 20 minutes.
Divide your dough into 16 equal portions, then shape the bagels by first shaping the dough into a ball, then inserting your thumb through the middle of the dough ball to form a doughnut-shape. They need to be about 1 inch thick, so stretch the hole a little and pull so they are about 3 inched across and the hole is a good size; then place the bagel on a lightly greased (or parchment lined) baking sheet. Repeat with each dough ball, then cover the bagels and allow them to rise another 20 minutes.
This is what they look like after raising for 20 minutes.
While your bagels are raising this last time, bring 8 cups of water to a boil in a large pot; then add 3 Tablespoons sugar to the water. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Whisk together your egg white with 1 tablespoon of water; set aside along with the poppy seeds and sesame seeds so that everything is ready.
When the bagels have risen, carefully remove them from the baking sheet and place them upside down in the boiling water. I do 3 at a time as the expand just a bit while boiling.
Boil them for 30 seconds then turn them over and boil another 30 seconds. Remove the bagel and allow them to drain on a dish towel a bit.
Carefully transfer to a lightly greased (or parchment lined) baking sheet. Brush them with the egg wash  and sprinkle with the desired topping. ( I left some plain, and topped some with poppy seeds and sesame seeds)
Bake your bagels in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy warm from the oven with cream cheese and jam or whatever you like.
Let the rest cool completely before placing in a Ziploc baggie.

2 comments:

  1. these look great! i really need to make some soon!

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  2. Thanks! they are delicious! I was going to make another batch and make half with cinnamon and raisins in them to see how that turns out. :)

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