Sensational Saturday: Homemade Bagels
From another life, a life in which I made homemade bagels, bread, and pasta regularly, I finally made the bagels that I’ve been promising my husband for years. It takes some time to make homemade bagels, but it’s not hard, and the taste is worth the effort. These bagels are chewy but not paperweights, and they have a wonderful yeasty flavoring that is wonderful with some butter melting into them. The many steps are integral tot he texture that makes bagels what they are. Enjoy the recipe and let us know how your bagels turn out.
NY Bagels (makes 12)
4 1/2 ts yeast (2 pkg)
1 1/2 cup warm water (not hot)
3 TB sugar, plus 1/4 cup sugar
1 TB salt
3 1/2 unbleached flour
1/2 whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 TB flax seed
In a large mixing bowl, add 3 TB sugar, water, and yeast. Allow that to rest for a minute.
While waiting, put the oats and flax into your blender and blend on high for 30 seconds.
Pour oats, flax, and the whole wheat flour into the mixing bowl. Stir and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
Add the salt, and flour, one cup at a time, to the bowl and mix until all ingredients are incorporated.
Place dough on floured surface and knead.
Form dough into a log, almost as round as you want your bagels to be when complete. Cover the log with a wet linen towel (tea towel) and allow to rest for 20 minutes.
Slice the dough into 12 round pieces of equal size. Poke a hole in the middle of each with your finger. Place flat on a baking sheet, cover, and allow to rest for another 30 minutes.
Place the baking sheet under the broiler and broil the bagels but do not let them brown.
Bring a large pot of water to boil with the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar. You only need the water to be deep enough for a bagel, but greater surface area, hence the large pot, will make this step go more quickly.
Remove the bagels from the baking pan (leave your oven on but adjust temperature to 375F) and place them, maybe 3 at a time depending on the size of your pot, into the boiling water. They will float. Boil the bagel for 4 minutes, turn it over and boil the other side for another 4 minutes.
Spray the baking pan with non-stick spray.
Remove bagels from the water with a slotted spoon and place them on the baking pan. Continue until all of the bagels have been boiled.
Return the baking pan to the oven and bake at 375F for 20-30 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool.