I noticed the bagel recipe right underneath the one for pizza dough last week, and thought it would be worth a try. The boiling part seems a bit scary, but it was really quite straight forward! If you’ve never tried bagels, and you like them, give it a whirl!
The recipe from my bread machine cookbook…though I have made plenty of these by hand with good result. Using the dough cycle:
1 2/3 cups water
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
5 cups flour
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
Remove the dough from the machine and punch down.
Divide it into 4 parts, and then each part into 3 pieces for a total of 12.
On a lightly floured surface, shape each dough into a smooth ball.
Punch a hole in the center with a finger, and pull dough gently to make a 1-2 inch hole.
While bagels are rising for 15-20 minutes, bring 2 quarts of water and 2 tablespoons of sugar to a low boil.
Place a few bagels at a time in the boiling water, simmering for 3 minutes, turning once. These are the same bagels at 0, and at 3 minutes.
Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a greased cookie sheet.
Brush tops with 1 slightly beaten egg white (I used the whole egg); sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds.
Bake at 375 F for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
Remove from cookie sheet; and allow to cool.
Sure enough, they were soft and chewy goodness, especially with the cream cheese! I am already thinking about what I want to do with the next batch…cheese, cinnamon apple, raspberry, hmm…….