Tuesday, March 12, 2013

How to make your own bagels

Making your own bagels is really do-able.  When I tell people that I make them myself, they always seem very impressed, but it's really not that hard ;) The finished bagels taste just like the ones you can get at the deli or at Dunkin Donuts. After you've done this about 5 different times, you'll know the recipe by heart, and it gets easier each time.

You'll need :
2 teaspoons of yeast
1 1/2 tsp of sugar
1 1/2 tsp of salt
1 1/4 cups of warm water
3 1/2 cups of flour
Toppings such as poppy seed, dehydrated onion, garlic, toasted sesame seeds

In a large bowl pour in the warm water, and sprinkle the 2 tsp of yeast, and the 1 1/2 tsp of sugar on top of the water.  
Let it sit there for about 15 minutes until it looks foamy.
Then add the 1 1/2 tsp of salt, and the flour.
Mix this with a sturdy spoon until it starts to stick together.  Take it out of the bowl and knead for about 5 minutes
Shape dough into a ball, and place a greased bowl.
Cover with plastic wrap, and let it sit on the counter until the dough has doubled in size.  (about an hour and a half)
Remove the dough from the bowl and divide it into 8 equal pieces.  Roll them into balls. 
Fill a large pot of water, and bring it to a boil.  At this point you should also preheat the oven to 425 F

Take each ball of dough and push your thumb through them to shape your bagels. 
Make the holes bigger than you want them to be in the end, because they will shrink a bit.
Cover these with a damp towel, and let them sit for a few minutes.
When the water comes to a boil, drop a few of the bagels in at a time.  Boil them for a minute on one side, then turn them over and boil for another minute on the other side.  I time it with my phone. .

When all of the bagels have been boiled on both sides, beat one egg in a bowl and brush it on the top of the bagels. When they have egg on them all, you can sprinkle the tops with poppy seed, sesame seed, onion, garlic, or all of these to make everything bagels. For this batch I chose poppy seed. 
Place them on a lightly greased cookie sheet and place into preheated oven.  Bake for 20 minutes.
You can eat your bagels right out of the oven, or save to toast another time.


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  2. Thank you! I would try to let them sit under the damp towel a little longer and let them rise more before boiling.

  3. my girlfriend and I love this recipe, we're making it again today after it was a huge success a couple weeks ago. thanks!

  4. Great! Glad you guys like it. Once I had made this recipe a few times, I started making them every weekend. I can't imagine buying them now. :)