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Friday, December 30, 2011

Homemade Bagels


I'm not really sure what made me want to try making bagels, but I decided today would be a good day to finally make them. After searching through many recipes, I found that most called for bread flour and the use of a bread machine. I didn't want to use either one, so I kept looking and finally found a recipe calling for all-purpose flour and no bread machine. The result? Better than I ever imagined! Chewy inside, slightly crunchy outside, warm, and delicious! These bagels were so easy to make, and the recipe would be really easy to adapt for different varieties. I ate one for lunch right out of the oven and it was scrumptious. I fully intend to enjoy another one for breakfast tomorrow. I chose to sprinkle sesame seeds over some of them and a pumpkin pie spice/sugar mixture over the others. Do this before baking. The possibilities are endless as far as toppings and flavors!



Homemade Bagels
from: allrecipes iPhone app

What You Need
1 tsp. active dry yeast
1 1/4 cups warm milk {110-115 degrees F.} {Note: The temperature is important. Too hot will kill the yeast and too cool won't activate it.}
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 egg yolk
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

What To Do
1. In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Add the butter, sugar, salt, and egg yolk. Mix well.
2. Stir in enough flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes.
3. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. {Note: A review on the original recipe suggested warming something up in the microwave for 2 minutes, taking it out, placing the bowl in a warm microwave. I tried that. It worked well.}
4. Punch dough down. Shape into 12 balls {give or take, depending on how big you want them}. Push thumb through centers and stretch to form a 1 inch hole.
5. Place on a floured surface. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes; flatten. {I skipped the flattening part. If you try it, let me know what the purpose is.}

6. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Drop bagels, one at a time, into boiling water. When bagels float to the surface, remove with a slotted spoon and place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. {Mine floated right away, so I just let them boil until they had expanded some - only a couple of minutes.}
7. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. {Watch them - they may not even need 20 minutes.}
8. Remove from pans to wire wracks to cool.





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2 comments:

  1. I almost forgot to comment! I made these and they came out great! and were quite easy. They tasted AMAZING fresh out of the oven, but were still good (you're average bagel) later. I had a hard time making them all the same size, but they're definitely worth making!

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  2. I totally agree with everything you just said! Glad you enjoyed them!

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