Wednesday, August 1, 2012

I made Bagels!

I love bagels, especially Sesame Seed bagels. I like any bread.

So when I found this recipe on PINTEREST, I knew I'd be making it soon and that this recipe would not end up in the deep archives of my Pinterest boards.
And so I did.....

Here's the RECIPE.

All the dry ingredients plus the oil in my mixer.

Add the wet ingredients and mix up.

Switch to the dough hook on the mixer for kneading.

Wack away.

Forming the bagels.

Boiling the bagels.

I added Sesame Seeds to them, but ran out after two bagels. I was soooo sure I had plenty of seeds. Mr. Downeastdoingstuff must have devoured them when I was in Florida for 2 weeks.

Fresh out of the oven. 

I have to say, they taste like real bagels...even the next day!


I've impressed myself.

Homemade bagel recipe
4 cups bread flour
1 Tbls sugar
1 1/2 tsps salt
1 Tbls vegetable oil
2 tsps instant yeast
1-1/4- 1-1/2 cups of warm water.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. You don't have to worry about soaking the yeast when you use instant yeast (most yeast sold these days is instant yeast). The dough should feel stiff, but add the extra water if it's really stiff, or you can't get all the dry flour incorporated.
Plop the dough down onto the counter, and knead for about ten minutes, or until the dough is uniform and smooth.
Cut the dough into 8 equal sized balls, and let rest for 10-20 minutes.
Pre heat your oven to 425.
Now, take each of the dough balls and using two hands, roll it into a little snake on the counter. When the snake is longer than the width of your two hands, wrap it around your dominant roiling hand. The dough rope should be wrapped so the overlapping ends are together at your palm, near the start of your fingers. Now take the two overlapping ends, and use your palm to squish/roll these two ends together. Once the dough is fused, you should have a perfectly circular bagel-to-be! This is the only part of the process that can take a little practice before your bagels will look really professional. Don't get discouraged if they don't look perfect, it just takes practice!
Let your bagels rest on the counter for about 20 minutes, and meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil, and grease a large baking tray lightly. You can just rub a splash of vegetable oil and rub it around.
After the 20 minute wait, your bagels will start to look puffy, and it's time to get them boiling! Add them as many at a time as you can to your boiling water without crowding them. Boil for about a minute, turn them over, and boil for another minute. Take them out a let dry for a minute and then place them on your oiled baking tray. Repeat until all the bagels are boiled.
Add the tray to the oven, and after 10 minutes, flip the bagels over, bake for another ten minutes; and they're done!
Let them cool for at least 20 minutes, get the cream cheese ready, and feast on what's got to be one of the best weekend brunch treats possible!
You can add any toppings you like to these. To make sesame, onions, poppy seed, caraway etc. etc. bagels just have a dry plate ready with the seed or spice topping spread out on it. After the bagels have come out of the boiling water, place them face down onto the seeds, and then place the seed side up onto the baking tray. Bake and flip as for plain bagels.

UPdate: I've used this recipe many, many times. Save yourself a lot of work.....just poke your finger into the round ball, and with your fingers make the hole bigger. MUCH easier than rolling out strips and attempting to join them back together!!!


Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

well you sure impressed me too honey!

smiles, bee

Birdman said...

How about some raisins and cinnamon next time. I'm just sayin'.

brattcat said...

bagels are not easy to make. i've tried and had only modest success. and yet it doesn't surprise me that your first attempt was perfection. that's just the kind of girl you are. they look scrumptious!

Pam said...

Looks like fun and yummy too! Clever you!

Balisha said...

Oh,my,gosh....I am impressed.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Those look good - and I don't even care for bagels. :-)

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

What a beautiful inn. Sounds like a great event.

Darryl and Ruth :)

Kate said...

These look good plus fun to make, which I'll try as soon as we get back from our winter vacation. No printer here so I'll have to remember your site for sure. So good to see Brattcat's comment; I miss her blog. Assuming you are friends, tell her I miss her and that Columbia is alive and well and keeping grand-daughter Olivia company!

Lori Skoog said...

When I saw those homemade bagels I just had to check out your blog!