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Thursday, January 20, 2011

.bagel time.

Don't mind me.  I'm just sitting here munching on a fresh-out-of-the-oven bagel.  And I think I'll be eating another one very shortly.

After Jen posted about her bread machine bagels a couple days ago, I've been craving them.  Luckily, she went through all the hard work of finding an easy recipe and test-driving it!  I took advantage of her research and hindsight tips today when I made my very first batch of bagels.  Ever.  But definitely not the last!

My bread machine acted up a bit on me, but here's how it went. 

1 cup of warm water, 3 cups of flour, 2 T. of sugar, 1 t. of salt and 2 and a 1/4 t. of yeast.  Let the bread machine do the work!  Seriously, my bread machine didn't do well during the kneading process, I think maybe because it was a small amount of dough?  But it wasn't that I'm not sure.  We got through it though, with no kneading on my part!

Dump out that lovely dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Split it up into 8 pieces, roll each into a 1-inch rope and press the ends together to make a circle.  Pinch those ends good!  (Thanks Jen!)

Next, I put them in a warm place for 30 minutes (covered) to rise.  Voila!

Now, time for a hot bath.  I put them, 2 at a time, into boiling water, 30 seconds on each side.  I let them dry for a few seconds on paper towels, then put them back on the parchment-lined tray.

Next, I brushed them with egg white.  Here's where you can go crazy with the toppings! 

I didn't go crazy.  I left 4 plain and did 4 salt.  I love salt bagels.

Now into a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes (anywhere in the 20-30 minute range...).  Are you ready for this???

Even though I wasn't going to put anything on the bagel, I had to cut it open anyway.

Yum!  Soooo good.

And I just finished my second one.  Don't think these are going to last too long...


Kristi said...

Oh my gosh those look amazing. I am totally going to have to try this recipe soon.

ChristineH said...

Those bagels look better than the ones at brugers. Josh wants one I guess maybe I'll be trying to make them next.

Jen McDade said...

Those look amazing! Great job! I made them again today and they all stayed together this time. I also added a little more water to the bread machine in the beginning and had much more moist dough to work with. 1 1/4 cups total water. Enjoy! :)

Funky Mama Bird said...

I had no idea bagels could be made at home this way. Must. Try. Soon.

Daydreaming Fool said...

Ohhh dear..this may be the end of any sort of healthy eating for me...who am I kidding..carbs are deliciously awesome...and these look like they're the epitome of delicious carbs..haha!