Hello everyone and welcome back to another post! Today we are going to discuss how to make a great bagel at home! For me, bagels are one of those things that never seem to turn out the way that they are supposed to. They are so difficult to make! For a long time, they were one of those things that I would rather buy than bake which is saying something because I love a challenge. I love to take on the hard projects because I like to test my potential and see what I can successfully bake. The first time I attempted at making bagels, they went stale within a day and were so hard that you would break a tooth on the first bite.
Well, it all depends on how good the recipe is right? I was so excited because these turned out so much better! They certainly are not rock hard but have a pleasant chewiness that I feel replicates that same kind of bagels that you would get from Einstein’s. They, of course, are nothing like manufactured bagels, but they are close, and they eliminate all the crap that production facilities add to their products for shelf life and such. These bagels are such a better option in my opinion.
This recipe is for your basic plain bagel, but they could also be customized in numerous different ways. I chose to add the infamous “Everything but The Bagels Sesame Blend” to the top of my bagels before baking and it really makes them perfect in my opinion. You could also make your own seasoning blend and sprinkle them on top. I am going to post an idea I had for repurposing spice containers on my Patreon account so make sure to follow me over there as well! #goinggreen. If you are interested in grabbing a set of your own “Everything But the Bagel Sesame Blend”, I will leave a link below!
Show the world just how great of a baker you are by making these amazing bagels and then share them with your friends and family. I bet they will be blown away by your amazing baking expertise. As always happy baking friends and I will talk to you in my next post!
Basic Bagel Recipe
- Large pot
- Kitchenaid Mixer
- Kitchen towel or plastic wrap
- Sheet tray
- Parchment paper
- Pastry brush
- 2 Tbsp. Active dry yeast
- 3 Cup Bread flour, high extraction
- 2 Tsp. Sea salt
- 1 Tbsp. Brown sugar
- 3 Qt. Water, for boiling
- 3 Tbsp. Honey
- 1 Cup Water, for dough or as needed
- 1 Egg for egg wash
- 3 Tbsp. Milk for egg wash
- Bagel dough is somewhat tedious to make so let's dive into the recipe! Start by measuring out all of your ingredients and setting to the side. Bloom your yeast and make your egg wash and set to the side. Place all dry ingredients except the honey, into the bowl of a Kitchenaid or stand mixer of your choice. Begin mixing on medium speed until the dough comes together. It is going to be extremely stiff so I chose to take out the dough and place it on my counter to finish the kneading process. Knead until elastic and smooth all over. I kneaded my dough by hand for roughly five minutes after kneading it in the mixer for around three minutes.
- Oil a large bowl and place your dough inside, covering with oil on all sides. Cover with either plastic wrap or a clean towel and leave to rise until doubled in size.
- Once your dough is doubled in size, knock it back and divide it into 12 evenly portioned pieces. This doesn't have to be exact. Start by dividing the dough in half and then divide the dough down from there until you have 12 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and then shape them into bagels by punching a hole in the middle and then stretching the dough into a circular shape.
- While you are shaping your bagels, begin preheating the water by filling your pot with tap water and then adding your honey. Place it over high heat until rapidly boiling. If there is some time between the water being ready and your dough being ready, simply place a towel over the bagels to prevent a skin from forming. Begin preheating your oven to 400 F at this point.
- Once you are ready, begin placing your raw bagels into the boiling water for about a minute on each side and then flip the bagel over to the other side with your tongs. Once the bagel is sufficiently "boiled", place it on a parchment-lined sheet tray. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with whatever toppings you would like. I chose to use "Everything But the Bagel Seasoning" and it turned out lovely. Once all of your bagels are ready, bake at 400 F for about 20 minutes, flipping about halfway through baking.
- Once baked, leave on the sheet tray to fully cool or you could also place them on a cooling rack. I think it is kind of funny that almost all recipes that I use say to place your baked good on a cooling rack. I almost never do this step because I don't own a cooling rack and nothing ever goes to ruin. lol. I hope you enjoy your bagels!
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