Once in awhile I like to get ambitious and make something I wouldn’t normally make. You can easily buy bagels at the store and you actually can easily make them too, as long as you have the time. Recipe below from Naturalchow.com.
1½ cups warm water (110° F)
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 tablespoon brown sugar
4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 quarts (8 cups) water
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon unbleached pure cane sugar
1. Pour the water into the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle in the yeast and brown sugar. Let sit 2-3 minutes. Add in the flour and salt and mix on low speed until a cohesive dough has formed. Knead the dough for 10 minutes. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a kitchen towel, and let rest for 1.5 hours.
2. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface. Divide the dough into 8 equal parts and shape into smooth, round balls. Cover them with a kitchen towel and let rest for 30 minutes.
3. While the dough is resting, prepare the water bath by heating the water and brown sugar to a very gentle boil in a large pan (I use a wok).
4. Preheat your oven to 425° F. Use your pointer finger to poke a hole through the center of each ball, then twirl the dough on your finger to stretch the hole until it is about 2 inches in diameter (the entire bagel will be about 4″-5″ across).
5. Place each bagel on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet, and repeat with the remaining pieces of dough.
6. Transfer the bagels to the simmering water, four at a time. Increase the heat to bring the water back up to a gently simmering boil, if necessary. Simmer the bagels for 2 minutes, flip them over, and simmer 1 minute more.
7. Using a skimmer or strainer, or the end of a wooden spoon, remove the bagels from the water and place them back on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining bagels.
8. Bake the bagels for about 25 minutes, or until they’re browned to your preference. To top with seeds, remove them from the oven after about 15 minutes, brush with water, and sprinkle with seeds. Return to the oven to finish baking.
9. Place the bagels on a cooling rack to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
They actually taste like a bagel. I was nervous they would taste like the yeast, but you don’t taste it. They are good and they are very easy to make. Maybe next time I will try some different flavors.