Bagels are a regular, pantry, bread-box item at our house. We eat them for breakfast... with butter, with jelly, with cream cheese, as a breakfast sandwich with some cheese and sausage. Lunch..pizza bagels, sandwiches, hot, cold..you name it. I have a few kids that just grab a plain one and start chompin' on it. They love them.
With all my new found kitchen knowledge that's been acquired these past few years, I figured..how hard can making homemade bagels be? Well, they are not. Time consuming? Yes. Difficult? No.
Here's the question..would I make them on a regular basis? Probably not. There are many steps and this particular recipe makes 9 bagels. The whole batch is gone rather quickly and for us. However, these are very good and I will be making the again, just not every week.
Also, this recipe is for bread machine bagels. You guys know my bread machine is my second best friend appliance coming in behind my crock pot. I love to make bread in it. It takes all punching, pulling, mixing , out of bread making. Think of me as a lazy Laura Ingalls, lovin' making the homemade bread, just not lovin' some of the work behind it. :)
However, if you don't mind the work, these can easily made without it.
The great part of these is the versatility. Make them wheat add chocolate chips, add raisins, cinnamon, poppy seed, cheese, sesame seeds..the sky is the limit on these.
Give them a try. Become a bagel baker!
Prep Time: 00:60 + bread machine time
Cook Time: 00:30
Ingredients (approx 9 bagels)
- 1 cup water, room temperature
- 2 tsp canola oil
- 3 cups bread flour
- 1 TBSP sugar
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp active dry yeast
- 6 cups water
- 1 TBSP sugar
- 1 egg, beaten slightly
- 1 TBSP water
- any toppings desired..poppy seed, sesame seeds, etc.
Place first six ingredients into bread machine according to manufactures directions. Select dough cycle. When complete, cover and let dough rest for 15 minutes.
Divide dough into 9 equally parts. Shape each into a smooth ball and pull gently to make approx a 2 in hole in the middle. Place on greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes
Preheat broiler. Broil bagels on each side for 3 minutes. Do not let them get brown.
In a large pot, bring 6 cups of water and 1 TBSP of sugar to a boil. Reduce heat and boil each bagels for approx 5-7 minutes, flipping half way through time. Do not overcrowd the pot, this will cause the bagels to shrink. Remove from water and let each drain.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, mix beaten egg and 1 TBSP water. Brush each bagel with egg wash. If desired, sprinkle with toppings. Bake 25-30 minutes or top is brown.
Adapted from BHG