Feb 27, 2012

Homemade Bagels

I've made bagels before and while they were always tasty and definitely an accomplishment, they left something to be desired.  They were either too chewy or too flat.  I put bagels on my 30 While 30 list so that I would be forced to try then again until I found a keeper.  Well, I found a keeper.

These bagels are tall, chewy, super flavorful, and full of bready goodness.  One of the best things, in my opinion, is that bagels are so easily customized.  I made some that were sweet with a cinnamon-sugar topping, some plain bagels, and some savory with an "everything" topping.  They were all outstanding and we had bagels for whichever mood we were in at the time.  I also made varying sizes and I weighed each little ball of dough, but that's not necessary.  You can definitely eyeball each piece of dough.

Definitely wait to make these until you have a good portion of the day to work on them.  While like any yeast bread, there is a fair amount of hands-off time, you still have to make the dough, let it rise, shape, let it rest, boil, then bake.  :)  For me, these are something to make when you need "kitchen time", they can be highly therapeutic.

I followed this tutorial/recipe and it was definitely very helpful.

Homemade Bagels Printable Version

2 cups warm water (~110°F)
4 ½ tsp. active dry yeast
3 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 tbsp. salt about
5 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, unsifted
3-4 quarts water mixed with 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
cornmeal, for dusting
1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tbsp. water

toppings as desired (sesame seeds, cinnamon-sugar, poppy seeds, etc.)
{{for everything topping, I used kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds - no real measurements, just to taste}}

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, stir together water and yeast. Let stand 5 minutes, until foaming. Stir in the sugar and salt.
 2. Gradually mix in 4 cups of the flour and beat at medium speed for 5 minutes. Add in 1 ¼ cups more flour to make a stiff dough. Continue kneading until smooth, elastic, and no longer sticky, (about 15 minutes); add more flour as needed to prevent sticking - dough should be fairly firm.
3. Place in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place until almost doubled (about 1 hour).
4. Punch dough down and divide into thirds. Set ⅔ of dough aside on a floured board; cover with clear plastic. Form remaining ⅓ dough in a log and cut into equal pieces. (For average size store-bought bagels, about 6 equal pieces.)
5. To shape, knead each piece into small ball and poke thumbs through center. With one thumb in hole (hole should be at least ½-inch) work fingers around perimeter, shaping ball into a small doughnut- like shape about 1 ½ inches in diameter. Place bagels on a floured board or tray and let rest 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°F.

6. Bring water-sugar mixture to a boil in a 4 to 5 quart pan; adjust heat to keep it gently boiling gently. Lightly grease a baking sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal. Lift bagels carefully and drop into water (3-4 at a time, depending on size) boil 30 seconds each side.

7. Lift out with slotted spoon and drain very briefly on paper towels, and place on baking sheet. Brush with egg yolk glaze, sprinkle with desired toppings. Bake for 20 minutes or until richly browned. Cool on racks.
8. Repeat with remaining ⅔ dough (you may need to punch it down before shaping,) working with ⅓ at a time.

from Thibeault's Table


Jessy said...

How beautiful! I haven't attempted bagels yet, but I would like to soon. Your recipe looks like a keeper.
p.s. I love long kitchen days too, a glass of wine along with never hurt either. :)

Jamie said...

I have always wanted to make homemade baels. One thing I have never gotten around too! These look really good!

Jessica @ Sunny Side Up said...

 Once we get in an apartment here in China I see myself needing to make a lot of "homemade" versions of treats that you just can't find here. Bagels will be at the top of the list! Great photos, makes it seem so doable!

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