June 5, 2009

Homemade Bagels

Although, I tend to whine and complain about rainy days A LOT, I am secretly growing to like them. Over the years, we have come to develop a lot of rainy day fun that I really enjoy. Of course there is always the beauty of watching the rain out the picture window while curled up with one of my favorite mystery books.

One of our rainy day traditions is to make bagels after breakfast. During the rest period for the dough we read a chapter book aloud. While they are baking we put together a salad, fresh fruit and milk and serve it with the bagels for an extra special lunch.

These are so super easy to make that if you've never tried baking bread products before, this would be a great recipe to start with. You will never eat a store bought bagel again after tasting these. You could make extras and freeze them if you wanted a quick treat for breakfast.

Mix: 4 cups unbleached or bread flour, 1 T. sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 T. vegetable oil, 2 tsp. instant yeast

I do this in a kitchen aid fitted with the dough hook. You could also do in your bread machine on the dough setting or certainly by hand.

Add enough warm water to make all ingredients moist but not wet or sticky. Start with 1 1/4 cup and add up to 1/4 cup more as needed.

Knead for 10 minutes or more, if needed, until smooth.

I lay a sheet of wax paper on the counter and lightly spray with Pam at this point. Dump dough on another...not sprayed....sheet of waxed paper and cut into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a nice smooth ball. Then place on the sprayed waxed paper leaving space between balls.

Let rest 20 minutes. We read a book, but hey it's your time.
After the 20 minutes make a hole in the center. I use a coffee scoop that has a pointed end. The kids press it in the center and then I take the end of the handle and gently push the edges out to make the hold large enough. Don't be shy about this. As it rises more your hole will shrink.

Let rest another 20 minutes. While they are resting preheat oven to 425. Get a pot filled about half way with water on the stove to boil. It should be wide and flat. Like this. Prepare baking sheets by spraying them with Pam. You will be able to fit about 6 to a standard baking sheet.

After rest period. Gently flip bagel onto pancake turner and slide into boiling water. My secret to do this without misshaping the bagel is instead of sliding the spatula under the bagel (it tends to stick) is to set it next to the bagel and then flip the bagel over onto the spatula.

To transfer to water it is easiest if you just slide the whole thing into the water and the bagel will slip right off for you. Allow room for rising as they boil. My pot can hold 4 at once, allowing enough room for rising. Boil 1 minute. Flip and boil 1 more minute.

Lift from pot with slotted spatula or slotted spoon and set on baking sheet.

Now at this point you can bake plain or top with fun stuff if you'd like. I brush them with some egg yolk whisked up with a little water to help the toppings stick and the bagels to get a nice golden color. Our favorite toppings are grated cheese or course salt.

Bake for 10 minutes. Flip and bake 10 more minutes. These are so good they won't last so make a double batch if you have a large family.

I was thinking of adding chocolate chips to the dough some time to make a dessert bagel but I never seem to have the chocolate in the house when the urge strikes. Also, if you wanted a cheesier bagel, like Pannera makes, add cheese directly to the dough and sprinkle a little over top for looks.

Happy Rainy Days....

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  1. Oh... So that is what you needed those pics for...you forgot the one of the pot. Now we just have to get you to like the cold winter...I think we should call Doug Hill Doug Sprinkle...What do you think?

  2. Those look yummy. My Model loves bagels. This would be great for her. thanks for sharing.
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  4. So strange, but I guess I didn't realize that you could make bagels. We will have to try this! Thanks!

  5. bookmarking this! i've made pitas, but i've never ventured into bagels. cool:)

  6. YUMMY! We love bagels! I'm going to have to give your recipe a try. Thank you for posting!