Don’t you just love bagels? As a born-and-bred New Yorker, Saturdays would start out every weekend with a baker’s dozen. As an adult, nothing really changed…except the water.
Good bagels didn’t exist when I lived in Florida because of the water. Sure, there was Einstein Bros Bagels but they just didn’t taste the same as a good ‘ole NY bagel. It was only until moving to Texas, and receiving a cast-off bread machine from my hubby’s mom, that I discovered I could make them myself.
The beauty about this recipe is that most of the work is done for you in the bread machine. You just need to measure out a small amount of ingredients, throw it into the bread machine and walk away to do something else for an hour and twenty minutes. I’ve looked around and most bagel dough recipes are similar. Here’s a BAGEL RECIPE for a Toastmaster Bread Machine, which includes the ingredients and steps, so all you’ve got to do is print it out when you’re finished reading this post. I will list the steps here for you now, so you will see that it’s a breeze and YOU CAN DO IT!
No bread machine? No worries. The related article below will show you how to make the dough from scratch.
Add ingredients in this order to the bread machine bucket: 1 Cup hot water, 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 3 Cups bread flour, 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast. Add bucket to the machine, set on ‘dough,’ and start the process. The machine will mix, rise and knead the dough for you in about an hour and twenty minutes.
Place dough on a floured surface and divide into 8 pieces. Then roll into smooth balls and make a hole in the middle with your thumbs and pull open an inch. Place on greased or silpat-lined baking pan, cover with cloth and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes or until they double in size. Beat an egg with a little water in a small bowl for an egg wash and put aside.
In the meantime, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Then add 2 quarts of water and 2 tablespoons of sugar to a saucepan and bring to a boil.
Once bagels double in size, place 2-3 bagels in boiling water for 3 minutes, flipping them half way through. Remove with slotted spoon and place back on baking pan. Brush with egg and sprinkle toppings of your choice. Try minced garlic, salt, poppy seeds, sesame seeds and onion flakes.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until brown, and cool on wire rack.
This recipe makes 8 bagels. Slice them and freeze, and they’ll be perfect out of the toaster too. Enjoy!
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HANDY TIP: I’m a home chef and can whip up fancy dishes off the top of my head, but for some reason I don’t keep basic recipes in my head, and I don’t have a lot of counter space to bring my laptop in the kitchen. I got tired of printing out recipes for often-used items, so I started taping them in the inside doors of my kitchen cabinets. (It’s clear that I do not live in the Taj-Majhal so forgive the rustic-ness.) My cabinets holds cake transfer images, a 7-step pie crust dough, and recipes for chicken pot pie, fresh flour tortillas, fajita seasoning mix, bread machine soft pretzels, and of course, BREAD MACHINE BAGELS.
- Bake Your Own Bagels (spoonful.com)