This is NOT a recipe I created on my own or even altered like I am prone to do. This recipe came straight from The Sophisticated Gourmet blog. This is a review of my experience using Kam's recipe. His blog makes my foodie soul shiver in imagined gastric ecstasy. I have printed many of his recipes to try.
Back to the bagels. This recipe calls for a few simple ingredients, the only thing I had to buy was bread flour... make sure to use bread flour. I had to double this recipe as it makes 8 fat bagels but I knew I would need at least 16 to feed everyone for Savanna's 9th birthday party that day (her food request was bacon, egg and cheese bagels). Doubling was not an issue and it worked just fine.
I should have consulted my Farmer's Almanac, but it must have been a good yeast day as it came to life perfectly. Kneading the dough for 10 minutes provided some much "needed" metabolic stimulation pre-nosh. (You see what I did there).
After letting the simple dough rise, Adam and I divided it between ourselves then formed the rings by making spheres then stinking our finger down the center. Next time I won't be so afraid of making the hole too small. After letting these uncooked bagels rest some more they get boiled in a pot of water. I could only do about 3 at a time and would probably narrow it down to two in order to keep them more circular instead of getting pushed into ovals. My bagels never sank as it mentioned in the recipe but floated the whole while.
After boiling, they immediately baked for about 20 minutes and turned out perfectly.
The outside was chewy and crisp with a softer inside. They are not flashy, but they are rustic and delicious and I already made them again since I only got to eat one. They are so yummy hot out of the over with butter and honey.
Have you ever made bagels? It wasn't too bad. It takes a solid couple of hours but the effort was well worth it. Though my mother-in-law did say something to the effect of "and this is why we just buy bagels" when I was kneading with sweat popping out on my forehead. I just hummed and kept pummeling.
Do you have any foodie goals? Homemade pasta, madelines, and French macarons are up next in my not too distant future.