Homemade Bagels Recipe

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Home-made bagels are not only tasty - they're fun to make. By using the traditional boiling and baking process a delicious, chewy bagel texture is achieved.
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  • 1 tablespoon dry yeast or 1 package
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (optional, but give a bit of gloss to the crust)
  • sesame seeds, poppy seeds, coarse salt (optional, for topping)
Container: baking sheets, large pan
2 hrs
20 mins
2 hrs
  • Dissolve yeast in warm water and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
  • Put flour, salt and sugar into food processor and pulse to blend. (Or mix together by hand in a bowl).
  • With processor running, add yeasted water all at once and mix for about 30 seconds, until dough forms a  single mass. If it's too runny to form a mass, add more flour, a tablespoon at a time. If too dry, add water a tablespoon at a time.
  • Scrape dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for several minutes, adding a little more flour if necessary to make a firm dough.
  • Put dough into a bowl large enough to allow for rising, cover with plastic bag or damp towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour. (Time will vary with temerature)
  • When dough is risen, preheat oven to 400 and bring 2 quarts water to boil in a pot wide enough to hold 2 or 3 bagels without crowding. Add 2 tablespoons sugar to boiling water.
  • While oven  and water heat, punch dough down and divide as evenly as possible into 12 pieces. Shape the pieces into balls. Flatten each ball into a disc about 3 inches across and poke a hole in the center. Use your hands to enlarge the hole and shape the dough.
  • When the oven is hot and the water boiling, starting with the bagels that were shaped first, slide 2 or 3 into the boiling water. Adjust the temperature tro maintain a simmer or slow boil, not a hard boil, and cook for 2 minutes, turn over and cook for another 2 minutes. Lift out carefully and drain on a rack. Sprinkle on topping seeds or salt, if using.
  • Arrange bagels on greased baking sheet with enough room so they aren't touching and bake until lightly browned and crusty, about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from sheet and cool on a rack.
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