Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Trying my hand at bagels

While my computer was being fixed, I had lots of extra time.  So, I decided to make bagels.  They were surprisingly easy.

They are a bit of a hodge podge of a recipe.  I started with my whole wheat bread dough.  After the first rise I used half the dough for a loaf of bread.  With the second half, I divided it into 8 pieces and formed them into bagels.  The dough got roughly formed into a ball.  I then poked my finger through and made a larger hole.  The bagels were placed on a cookie sheet with parchment paper. 

Next, I heated my electric skillet filled with water and 1 heaping tablespoon of brown sugar and brought it to a simmer.  Then the bagels were transferred 4 at a time (that's what fit in my pan) for 2 minutes on one side and 1 minute on the other.  They went back on the baking sheet and I finished the rest of the bagels. 

The bagels went into a 425 degree oven for 25 minutes.  If you want to add a topping, pull them out after 15 minutes, brush the bagels with water and sprinkle it on.  Then you can finish baking.  I used the Everything Bagel Topping from King Arthur Flour. 

They came out really well, although I will probably make them smaller next time.  I also had a few issues with the topping falling off more than I would like.  I may try using an egg wash to stick them next time.  These were far easier than I would have thought and I love that I was able to use my own bread recipe for them. 

5 comments:

Karen Sue said...

I'm thinking bagels should be on my 'try it' list for 2010. thanks for sharing your bagels with us!

The Mom said...

Karen, they were easier than I thought.

kitsapFG said...

Totally inspired to try this now! Thanks for the assurance that it is "easy". :D

The Mom said...

Kitsap, if you can make bread, you can make bagels.

Kerry said...

Your a great insparation, I took 1/2 my bread dough and make my own rolls to night, so what am I going to do next....MAKE BAGLES!!!!!! we love bagles. good greef where do we find the time?