Thursday, May 27, 2010

BAGELS




I am a recipe "tweaker". I like (LOVE) to find a good, solid recipe, test it, tweak it and make it my own. This does not mean I make it better... I just make it mine and that is what makes it special. I love to cook and bake and I love to serve others. Making a recipe my own allows me to create delicious food and share it with people I love.
Special. Food is so special.

This recipe has been tweaked. It is no-fail. It is delicious. You can trust me... you will make someone feel very special by making these for them.

BAGELS

3 C lukewarm water
2 packages yeast
2 T salt
1 1/2 T sugar
6 1/4 C flour (bread flour works best)

Combine water, yeast, salt and water in a bowl and allow to rest 5 minutes. Add flour and mix well. Cover with a warm towel and allow to rise 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 450. Form bagels by rolling small pieces into small balls, flattening slightly and piercing a hole through the center (or use a doughnut cutter). Rest formed dough on a floured surface, covered in plastic wrap for 20-30 minutes. You should be able to get a dozen bagels out of this recipe.

BAGEL WATER


8-10 quarts water
1/2 C sugar
1 t baking soda

Bring water to a rolling boil and drop bagels in 2 at a time (do not crowd) and allow them to simmer for 2 minutes on each side. Remove with a skimmer (or slotted spoon) and place on a flour dusted towel. At this point, you can season the bagels as desired (I like using poppy seeds, sesame seeds, cinnamon/sugar and plain old salt). Place bagels on a baking sheet or stone dusted heavily with cornmeal and bake 20 minutes, along with a baking pan filled with 2 cups boiling water to allow moisture into the baking process. They should be firm and lightly browned.


14 comments:

  1. I can only imagine that homemade bagels would be out of this world delicious!! An especially yours.

    And I love our shared passion in serving and sharing good food!

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  2. Homemade bagels are the best. I haven't made them in years though. Thanks for the reminder. I will have to try your recipe.

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  3. I have been wanting to make bagels for so long now. For some reason, I thought they were difficult. You make them sound so easy. I'm going to see if my step mom wants to bake these with me when she comes to visit in June.

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  4. Bagels. It's hard to get a nice homemade bagel. Thanks for a tried and true recipe. I'll be making these. Have a great weekend!

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  5. looks amazing! i have to try these soon..not yet make bagels before..this is a good start! :)

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  6. There's nothing like homemade bagels!

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  7. Okay, I really need to make my own bagels. These look fantastic!

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  9. these look so yummy! i've always wanted to make bagels.

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