I have been making these yummy bagels for months now, they are seriously the most delicious bagels I have ever had (insert shameless bragging). My desire to make the perfect bagel has been around for a LONG time, my first 5 attempts were ugly and moderately edible (everything is better with cream cheese). I think my fear of yeast and lack of knowing when the dough has been kneaded enough was the reason for my failures, and the fact that I kept them in boiling water far too long! So, if I could give you any advice in regards to bagel making, don't have them in the water too long, you will have shriveled up hockey pucks with a hole in the middle.
1 cup plus 1 Tbsp. hot water
2 1/4 Tsp. yeast (or 1 packet)
2 Tbsp Sugar
3 Cups Bread Flour
1 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. Sugar
1 egg (egg wash)
Various toppings, use your imagination
- Place hot water, yeast and 2 Tbsp. sugar in mixing bowl (I use my kitchenaide), let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
- Add flour and salt, knead with dough hook or by hand until soft and elastic. This is a dense dough so it will be rather firm to the touch, I knead for about 3 minutes at med. speed.
- Cover with a towel and sit in a warm place, I have a proofing feature on my oven, usually takes about 30 minutes but, sitting on the counter might be 1-2 hours depending on temp in house. You want to see that the dough has doubled in bulk.
- While the dough is rising, fill a large stock pot with water, once its to the boil add 4 Tbsp sugar and reduce heat ( you want it to be able to quickly get to the boil when the bagels are done proofing)
- Parchment paper line a large cookie sheet and lightly coat with oil, I use spray olive oil.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Take proofed dough and cut it into 6 portions, roll into a ball and using your finger make a hole, you want to make it big enough because when they rise again the hole will get much smaller. Place on prepared cookie sheet, cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
- Get water back up to the boil.
- Place bagel top side down into boiling water, you want to boil them for NO MORE than 15 seconds on each side, place on a clean towel with a slotted spoon, repeat until all are done.
- Sprinkle corn meal onto the cookie sheet the bagels were on while rising, transfer bagels from towel to cookie sheet.
- Brush each bagel with the egg wash and sprinkle whatever toppings you desire, we like poppy seed, sesame seed, cinnamon sugar and onion.
- Bake for aprox 30 minutes