OK, so I finally decided to try making bagels. OMG why haven’t I done this sooner???? Seriously, I’m not buying my bagels ever again! :-) I like slightly smaller bagels than what you buy. Those store-bought ones that I would buy were on their way to 300 calories each! The ones I make are slighly smaller and only 88 calories! Whaaaaaat??? That’s right, 88 ;-) Anyhow, they’re easy to make, don’t let the boiling bath they take scare you away. It’s easy peasy!
- 1 c. water
- 1 ½ teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoons bread machine yeast
Add the ingredients in your break maker in the order listed above. Set to the dough setting and let the machine do all the hard work :-) When done, on a lightly floured surface, separate the dough into 16 even clumps.
Roll into a ball and make a hole in the center with your thumb. Place on a greased sheet. Rub a little butter on the top of each one and let rise in a warm place for a half hour.
The bath: Just before the bagels have finished rising, add 12 c. water to a dutch oven and 1 Tbsp. sugar. Bring to a boil. When the bagels are done with their rising, gently and carefully place as many that will fit into hot water bath and let them simmer for 2 min. and turn over in the water. Let the 2nd side simmer for about a minute. Carefully remove from water (slotted spoon works well) and place on a couple of paper towels to dry them a little. When they’ve dried a little (about a minute), place them back on the greased sheet.
Bake in the oven for about 20 min. on the center rack at 375 F.
I sprinkled course salt on almost half of them and cinnamon on the remaining ones. Get creative. sprinkle things on them! My next batches will be a little more fun as I plan to incorporate sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and some other tasty items. I’ll also be trying them with whole wheat flour. Enjoy!