Let's Make Bagels


| 1/30/2015 10:35:00 AM


Tags: bagels, Annie Kelley, Illinois,

I love bagels ! One of the most versatile and satisfying breads you can make or buy.  I have had a love affair since the very first one I ate...all toasted and yummy, spread with cream cheese and topped with smoked salmon.  I never imagined (way back then) that I would ever be making them myself, in my own kitchen. Because so many bagel shops are a specialty store type place, I automatically thought that they must be complicated. Or take special devices or utensils or machines to bake them in. Nope...turns out they amazingly easy to make in your own kitchen. And once you bake your own, you'll not want the store bought ones ever again.

You can make bagel dough using your stand mixer with a dough hook or your bread machine. I use my trusty old KitchenAid.  The ride got a little bumpy toward the end, but it worked great and saved my old hands. I made plain bagels this time, though often I make sesame seed or onion bagels or my old favorite--everything bagels. I used white whole wheat flour mixed with unbleached flour this time. You can use different kinds of flour, if you want . Whole wheat, spelt, etc.

Ingredients:

• 1 tbsp instant yeast
• 4 cups flour ( I used 3 cups unbleached and 1 cup white whole wheat)
• 2 tsp salt
• 1 tbsp barley malt syrup
• 12 ounces warm water

Directions:

1. Combine these ingredients in the mixer bowl. Turn the machine on to medium low and let it mix well for about 10 minutes. This is a stiff dough, it will try to gallop your mixer across the counter, so keep an eye (and a hand) on it. I made sure the mixer had incorporated all the flour into the dough and then let it run for almost 10 minutes, kneading the bread thoroughly. You want to develop the gluten.




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