3/14/2009

On the Bagel Bandwagon

I've been seeing a lot of posts lately with pictures of delicious homemade bagels in them....today was the day that I broke down and tried these!

It was a little bit time consuming, but these turned out great....for the savings we will have from not buying bagels, these are definitely worth while. I made 8 larger bagels out of this recipe and plan on freezing 4 of them, so we can thaw and toast when we want!

Homemade Bagels
Recipe courtesy of Pennies on a Platter, which she found on Baking Bites

Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups water, warm (100-110F)
  • 4 cups bread flour (not all purpose)
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 egg, for egg wash
Directions
  • In a large bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer) combine yeast, sugar and water.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes, then stir in flour and salt.
  • Mix dough thoroughly until it comes together in a large ball, pulling away from the sides of the bowl. Add an additional tablespoon of flour or water, if needed.
  • If kneading by hand, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until very smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. If using a stand mixer, knead dough with the dough hook until elastic, about 8 minutes on a low speed.
  • Place dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a gentle boil and preheat the oven to 400F.
  • When dough has risen, turn the dough out onto a very lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces (first quarters, then thirds).
  • Shape each piece into a tight ball pinching the corners together at the bottom of the piece of dough.
  • When all the balls are shaped, let the dough rest for 30 minutes covered with a clean dish towel.
  • Once dough balls have rested, the bagel shape can be formed.
  • Using your fingers, poke a hole through the center of each dough ball. Stretch out the dough into a ring with your fingers and be sure to make the hole a little larger than you want the finished bagel to have, as it will shrink slightly while the bagel is expanding during the baking process. Let bagels rest for about 10 minutes.
  • Working four at a time, drop the bagels carefully into the boiling water.
  • Boil for 2 minutes on the first side, then flip and boil for an additional minute.
  • Using a slotted spoon or strainer, transfer bagels to a clean towel to drain for a moment, then place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Repeat process with remaining bagels.
  • Brush boiled bagels with lightly beaten egg and bake for 20-24 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Slice and toast to serve.

Makes 12 bagels.

3 comments:

penniesonaplatter said...

They look delicious! Did you leave them plain or sprinkle any seasonings on top?

Shawna said...

I left them plain, but with a light shake of salt & black pepper on the egg wash. My husband is already saying he wants Everything Bagels, so it looks like we'll be stocking up on bagel making supplies! :) Oooo...asiago!

Colleen said...

Oooh bagels - my favorite food! I have to try these soon!

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