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Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished! Luke 1:45

Monday, May 31, 2010

Monday's Menu

Last time I made bagels, they were time consuming, tedious, and not that great. So I hesitated trying out these.
But I'm glad I did. They were really good. 'Were' is the operative word there. I used all purpose flour but the original recipe called for wheat and white. You can leave them plain or top them however you like. The original recipe is here. I hope you enjoy these too.


3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
1-2/3 cups warm water
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon honey
4 1/2 cups flour
1-1/2 tablespoons table salt
Poppy seeds, sesame seeds, coarse salt, rye seeds, etc., etc. (whatever you'd like to top 'em with!)
Vegetable oil (for bowl)
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk together the yeast and water. Let stand fo 5 minutes (until foamy).
  2. Attach bowl to mixer fitted with the dough hook and -- with the mixer on low speed -- add the sugar, honey, flour, and salt. Knead for about 1 minute (until a slightly tacky -- but not sticky -- dough forms). You may need to add more flour or water depending on what you find. If so -- just add in 1 tablespoon amounts.
  3. Continue to knead dough for about 5 more minutes -- then transfer to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with oiled plastic wrap.
  4. Let rise in a warm place for 2 hours (until doubled in bulk).
  5. Divide dough into 10 equal pieces. Cover with a damp kitchen towel (the book reminds us to make sure the towel is CLEAN, which I find hilarious). Let rest for about 20 minutes.
  6. Line two unrimmed baking sheets (no worries -- mine were rimmed, so I don't know the benefit of using the unrimmed sheets) with parchment paper and lightly brush with oil; set aside.
  7. With lightly oiled hands, roll each piece of dough into a 6-inch rope. Form a circle around your hand and then press the two ends (rather, roll them) together to seal. There really isn't a great way to explain how to fasten them together -- so go with your gut!
  8. Place the bagels 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Cover with a piece of oiled plastic wrap (I used the same one from earlier in the process), and let rest until puffed (about 20 minutes).
  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F (260 C) -- with racks in the upper and lower thirds.
  2. Fill a large stockpot (the wider the better, Martha notes) with water and bring to a boil.
  3. Gently drop bagels into the water (as many as will comfortably fit without touching each other). After 30 seconds, use a slotted spoon to gently flip the bagels over -- simmer for yet another 30 seconds. (NOTE: I only boiled 2 at a time.)
  4. Then, using the slotted spoon again, return the bagels to the parchment-lined sheets. Top them with the seeds or salt -- you must do this when the bagels are still wet so everything sticks to them.
  5. When you've finished this process with all to-be bagels, immediately place sheets in the oven. Bake for 5 minutes and then rotate the sheets and reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (176-ish degrees C). Bake until golden brown (about 10 minutes -- but mine only took 8).
  6. THEN use a spatula (I just made my husband do this part, as he seems to be impervious to heat) and flip bagels over. Continue baking for another 5 minutes -- or until the back-sides are golden brown as well.
  7. Transfer bagels to wire rack to cool!

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