I have always enjoyed bagels, as a kid I like them “burnt to a crisp” and ate bagels instead of sandwiches. As I got older I loved to go to the local bagel shops BUT those went out of business or moved ~ guess I should have bought more!!! Then my sister-in-law worked at Panera Bread and once again I got a taste of the good bakery bagels, that too ended! I didn’t think much of it till I saw these at Annie’s Eats and KNEW I wanted to make them. My friend and I made them with much success! You can see them here at KatsKitchen. They however were a 2-day process and that is fine and dandy, BUT I knew I had this recipe from an old cookbook that came with my old bread machine (sadly I cannot recall what kind it was). That came together much quicker! I encourage you to try these and let me know if you like them! Really…..they WERE easy! Here are some of my tips:
* In addition to the sugar in the boiling water, I also added about 1/4 c. of baking soda. This was not necessary, but gave them a “pretzelish” taste.
* I made mine into 16 bagels and not 12. That seems to be a good size for me. IF you make them smaller, bake a little less or they may get dark like mine, which really was not bad at all!
* I am looking forward to trying new varieties, this seems like a recipe you can mess with a LITTLE. I made wheat ones. I used 3 3/4 c. regular flour, 1 c. wheat flour, and 1/4 c. instant oats. I am planning on making cinnamon raisin bagels soon. Let me know what you try and I will let you know what I try! 🙂
1 2/3 cups water, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp salt
5 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
Remove the dough from the machine. Punch down. Divide the dough into 4 parts. Divide each part into 3 pieces. On lightly floured surface, shape each piece into a smooth ball. Punch a hole in the center with a finger. Pull dough gently to make a 1 to 2-inch hole. While bagels are rising for 15-20 minutes, heat 2 quarts water and 2 tablespoons sugar to a low boil. Place a few bagels at a time in the boiling water. Simmer 2 minutes, turning once. Remove with a slotted spoon. Place on greased cookie sheet. Brush tops with 1 slightly beaten egg white sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds. Bake at 375 F for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet; cool.
Recipe from an owners manual from my old bread machine. Enjoy. 🙂