Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins
The boys like to help me shape the bagels. We come up with quite a few unusual shapes. These are quick and easy. We toast them and serve them for breakfast with cream cheese.
- 1 1⁄8 cups lukewarm water
- 3 1⁄2 cups bread flour
- 3 1⁄3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 1⁄4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)
- 1 egg, mixed with
- 2 tablespoons water
- poppy seed (optional)
- sesame seeds (optional)
- Measure first 5 ingredients into bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer.
- Select dough setting.
- When cycle is completed, remove the dough from the machine.
- Place dough on a floured surface.
- Divide into 10 parts.
- Form into balls, gently press thumb through center of ball and slowly stretch into bagel shape.
- Place on a greased baking sheet, cover with a damp cloth and set in a warm place to rise.
- Bring three quarts of water and one tablespoon of sugar to a rapid boil in a large sauce pan.
- Using a slotted spoon, drop 2 to 3 bagels into rapidly boiling water.
- Boil on each side for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Remove and cool on wire rack 1 minute.
- Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds, if desired.
- Bake at 400 degrees on a baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal until golden.
Finally--homemade bagels that are actually thick enough to slice! These are easy, and very tasty. I sprinkled half of them with poppy seeds and half with minced onion. It's unfortunate that there's no baking time listed. Even though baking times are only a guideline, I could have used that guideline. I had to rely on guesswork, and ended up having to put the bagels back in the oven because they weren't done. I would say somewhere between 30-40 minutes would be right. I also think the water, sugar and cornmeal should have been listed in the ingredients (or near the top since they shouldn't be included in the nutritional analysis). I knew to use them because I've attempted bagels before, and because I read recipes several times before I make the dish, but an inexperienced baker might have problems. But the bagels are excellent; I might try the recipe with a little rye flour next time. Made for 1-2-3 Hits Tag.
First time making bagels and this was an excellent recipe. The only thing I did differently was to use organic ingredients instead of normal ingredients. Tasted great!
This is the second time I've made the recipe. Look, it's not knocking my socks off or anything. It's okay. It's close to a bagel. It's tough. It's missing the crispy outside and creamy/chewy inside that makes a bagel really great, though. It's okay. The convienence of a bread machine is a big plus. And they taste good, if not plain.