Bagels are a routine of everyday life. They are among the more common breakfast foods or even good as a snack from time to time. This leaves many people wondering how they can make this delicious treat for themselves. Bagels require a little bit of patience and time in order to make but in the end, it is a rewarding experience for those who put in the effort.
For this project, the following ingredients will be necessary:
- 2 teaspoons of instant yeast
- 3 teaspoons of dark brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups of room temperature water
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 4 cups of bread flour
- 2 teaspoons of baking soda
- 1/2 cup of cornmeal and flour for dusting purposes
Making the Bagel
Begin by mixing the yeast with the brown sugar and water in a large mixing bowl. Stir while adding sugar and flour, while making sure the flour is completely hydrated. When everything is well mixed, place it onto a dusted counter top and knead it for about five to seven minutes. Keep in mind, it is better to knead longer than not long enough, so if five to seven minutes does not seem like enough, do it for an extra couple of minutes. Put it back in the bowl and cover it, leaving it undisturbed for two hours.
Dust a cutting board with flour and place the dough on it. Use a knife and cut portions evenly at four ounces each. Mold each into a ball and let it sit for five minutes. Pierce the center to create the hole. Rotate the dough around the hole until it is of a desired size. Cover these when complete and let them sit in the fridge overnight.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and dust a baking sheet with cornmeal and flour. Get a wide pot and fill it 2/3 with water. Drop the bagels in there, ensuring they do not touch one another, allowing to boil on one side for two minutes. Turn over and boil on the other side for 1 1/2 minutes. This should make them firm and puffy. Allow them to drain on a cooling rack for a minute and then immediately place them on the sheet and bake for fifteen minutes.
When this is done, rotate the sheet 90 degrees and proceed baking for five minutes or as long as it takes for them to tan. On an instant read thermometer, the bagels should read 185 degrees when ready.
This is the recipe for a simple, plain, average bagel. Not everyone likes a simple, plain bagel. Try adding certain ingredients that may come on bagels at the bakery, such as poppy seeds or raisins. Take it a step further and add something not generally found in common bakeries. This may include chocolate chip, blueberries or any combination that the heart so desires. As long as a creative mind is in the kitchen, anything is possible.