This weekend we made homemade bagels.
I've had the recipe from TammysRecipes.com for a year now and just haven't found a day to make them. Now, I think we'll make these once a month at least!
I have edited this recipe a bit for 2 reasons.
1) I didn't have enough yeast and, as I'm a hack in the kitchen anyway, I decided to just under cut the rest of the recipe. Hardley a measure was used too. It's how I roll.
2) I had no idea how long it takes for dough to rise! I 'think' I gave it an hour...maybe more. The recipe calls for it to double but frankly, I was tired and wanted to get on with it so I'm not even sure it completely doubled.
If you are like me...a non-perfectionist, then this recipe is for you because even with all of that - they turned out delicious!
- 1 1/4 cups warm water (112-115 degrees F) - this is apparently very important so be sure you have a thermometer! Note: real recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups
- 1 1/2 tablespoons dry yeast (real recipe calls for 2 tbsp)
- 2+ tablespoons sugar (real recipe calls for 3 tbsp)
- 3/4 tablespoon salt (real recipe calls for 1 tbsp)
- 4 cups bread flour (real recipe calls for 4 1/4 cups)
- 8 cups of water for boiling
- 1 egg white lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon water
- Toppings for bagels: sesame seeds, poppy seeds, onion (dried works fine!), garlic, cinnamon/raisin
1. In a small bowl mix yeast, sugar and warm water and let stand 3 minutes
2. Mix 2 cups of flour with the salt in a larger bowl. Add yeast mixture and stir until combined. Slowly mix in the rest of the flour.
3. Knead dough on a floured surface for 5 minutes, adding flour if necessary. Dough should be fairly smooth and firm. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover (I used a dish towel), and let it rise until double.
4. Watch TV, check email, or clean the house cause you'll be waiting at least an hour, maybe two if you do this right!
5. Punch dough down (if adding cinnamon raisin add in now and knead dough just enough to swirl). Divide dough and shape into 12 balls (for small bagels - 8 balls for larger ones). Let rest for 5 minutes.
6. Bring water to boil, make a hole in each ball of dough and shape into a bagel! Place bagels on cookie sheet and cover (again, I used dish towel) for 10 minutes. Set aside some dough for the kids to play with while they wait for the next part!
7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drop 2-3 bagels at a time into boiling water for about 45 seconds, turning once.
8. Drain bagels on a wire rack. Brush with egg white mixture and top with whatever toppings you want!
9. Place bagels on greased baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes until they are light brown and shiny. If making plain bagels turn them once.
10. Cool for a few minutes but definitely eat some of these while they are hot!
Let me know how yours come out!