Homemade Bagels

Making bagels at home was something I had always wanted to try.  Finding an easy to follow recipe was the trouble.  Over on Hubpages, someone had posted a tutorial complete with pictures.  It was a great help, and now I can make them very consistently.   Here is the recipe.  If you don’t follow the  instructions precisely, you will have some trouble, so pay close attention!

Ingredients

Fresh out of the oven!

Homemade bagels are better than any I ever buy in the store!

  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 Tbls sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsps salt
  • 1 Tbls vegetable oil
  • 2 tsps instant yeast
  • 1-1/4- 1-1/2 cups of warm water.

Directions

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Mix the dry ingredients before adding oil and water.  Use instant yeast and you don’t have to soak it first. The dough should feel stiff.  I start with 1 1/4 cups of water and slowly at the rest until the dry ingredients are well incorporated.
  2. Knead for about ten minutes on the counter, or until the dough is uniform and smooth.
  3. Cut the dough into 8 equal sized balls, and let rest for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Take  each of the dough balls and using two hands, roll it into a little snake on the counter. When the snake is longer than the width of your two hands, wrap it around your dominant roiling hand. The dough rope should be wrapped so the overlapping ends are together at your palm, near the start of your fingers. Now take the two overlapping ends, and use your palm to squish/roll these two ends together.  This is essential to make sure the dough is well fused, otherwise, your bagel will separate while boiling!!
  5. Let your bagels rest on the counter for about 20 minutes, and meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil, and grease a large baking tray lightly with Olive oil spray.  I like to put the bagels over by the boiling pot of water as the steam will help them rise a little.  Not too close though!
  6. Pre heat your oven to 425.
  7. After the 20 minute wait, add them as many at a time as you can to your boiling water without crowding them. Boil for about a minute, turn them over, and boil for another minute.
  8. Take them out a let dry for a minute and then place them on your oiled baking tray. Repeat until all the bagels are boiled.
  9. Add the tray to the oven, and after 10 minutes, flip the bagels over, bake for another ten minutes; and they’re done!
  10. Let them cool for at least 20 minutes before eating.

You can add any toppings you like to these. To make sesame, onions, poppy seed, caraway etc. etc. bagels just have a dry plate ready with the seed or spice topping spread out on it. After the bagels have come out of the boiling water, place them face down onto the seeds, and then place the seed side up onto the baking tray. Bake and flip as for plain bagels.

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