Lately I’ve been trying to make as much of my food as possible entirely from scratch. I’ve been experimenting more and more with new recipes and trying to eat as close to the source as possible. A bread machine has been a big help for this, but I wanted to try to make something other than an over-sized loaf of rosemary and olive oil bread. I looked around on the internet and found this excellent recipe for making your own bagels. I made basic sesame seed bagels the first time, but got more creative with the dough yesterday after my boyfriend and I finished off the first batch! I doubled the recipe to make 16 and topped half of them with poppy seeds and threw the other half back into the knead cycle of the bread machine with about a tablespoon of cinnamon, maybe a teaspoon of vanilla (I wasn’t measuring, but that’s what it looked like) and a few spoonfuls of xylitol sweetener (an all-natural calorie-free sweetener) so they wouldn’t cause any guilt. After that I just baked them the same way I did all of the others!
Here’s the recipe, I really do recommend trying it out for yourself!
Recipe: Makes 8 bagels
1 1/8 cup water – lukewarm
3 cups white bread flour
3 1/3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
Poppy or sesame seeds to sprinkle on top (if you want anything on top)
flour for counter or cutting board to keep dough from sticking
cornmeal to sprinkle onto cookie sheet
1 tablespoon of sugar
Insert ingredients in bread machine according to manufacturer’s instructions.
remove the dough from the machine after the first knead – approx. 20-30 minutes
Place dough on a floured surface.
Divide into 8 parts.
Form balls and gently press thumb though center of ball and slowly stretch into bagel shape.
While bagels rise, bring three quarts of water and one tablespoon of sugar to a rapid boil in a large saucepan.
Drop test dough (see hints below).
Using a slotted spoon, drop 2-3 bagels into rapidly boiling water.
Boil on each side for 30 seconds.
Remove and cool on rack 1 minute, brush/spray on olive oil and sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds, if desired.
Bake at 400 on a baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal until golden- approx. 15 minutes.