The husband loves bagels, especially homemade bagels. So, I was happy that bagels made it on to the schedule for Tuesdays with Dorie, and it was just in time for his birthday last week, too!
This recipe is the first recipe I ever followed for bagels and it was love at first bite. The dough itself is not too hard to make; dump it all in the mixer bowl and let it mix away. I was cautious with the flour this time because I didn’t want to have a repeat experience with my mixer. So, I made sure my final dough was a little softer than I would usually make my bagel dough.
After the dough’s first rise, I departed from the recipe a bit. To save time in the morning, I shaped my bagels after the first rise, placed them on parchment sheets, covered them with plastic wrap, and let them rise like this in the fridge overnight. This makes for a lighter textured bagel, but also saves me shaping them in the morning and getting flour all over the place when I am half asleep.
The boiling part is pretty easy. I used barley malt syrup and only boiled them for about 30 seconds per side. I’ve found over the years that the longer you boil a bagel, the tougher the skin/crust becomes once you bake them. I love crusty bagels, but I don’t like fighting with them, so this just makes the bagels easier to chew and saves on jaw pain.
When I ordered the high-gluten flour from King Arthur, I also ordered their everything bagel topping mix. It was really great! Also, I baked the bagels for 5 minutes less than the recipe stated and just took them out when they were done, skipping that part where you leave the door partially open.
I thought they turned out well. Have I said yet that we love these bagels? These were lighter than most bagels that I have made, probably because of the looser dough, but we all loved them. Everyone was sad when they were gone.
Bagels are not too hard to make; they just require the extra step of boiling. Why don’t you try them? The recipe is here. I’m going to make them again, but this time, I may try to flavor the dough. How about some Cinnamon Apple bagels?
I forgot to announce the winner of my Apple butter giveaway yesterday. It’s Bevwinchester who said, “When my boys were young; I would make a simple apple butter in the fall- they loved it & would help me in the kitchen! Good times for sure- now they are 30 & 34 years old!” I’ll be sending Beverly a jar of my caramelized spicy apple butter later today. Thanks to everyone who came by!
Don’t forget that King Arthur is going to send a bag of their new self rising flour to one of my readers. Leave a comment here by midnight EST tomorrow (10/17) to enter.