I've professed my love affair with my bread machine here, here, here oh, and here. And guess what, I'm about to do it again. I LOVE my bread machine! This time around we're talking bagels. I mean, is there anything this wondrous machine can't do? I'm serious, apparently the thing can even make jam or something but that just sounds crazy to me. Anyway, I can't believe I haven't made bagels before. I love them and once again, the bread machine makes it so easy. You just throw all of the ingredients in the machine, press a button and essentially, there you have it, homemade bagels. Did I mention they are utterly delicious? Plus, you can make any flavor you like. My favorites are everything bagels, which are dehydrated onion (reconstituted in warm water,) poppy seeds, sesame seeds and I like to add a little sprinkling of garlic salt and I also love sesame bagels. What are your favorites?
Recipe slightly adapted from allrecipes:
3 cups bread flour
1 cup warm water (my bread machine requires a little more water so I use about 1 1/4 cup)
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg white
Place all ingredients in your machine according to instructions. For mine that means, water then flour, sugar and salt and lastly the yeast. Set your machine on "dough" setting. When the cycle is complete, remove the dough and place on a large baking sheet lined with parchment (the parchment is optional.) Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces. Take one of the pieces of dough and roll into a strand that is 1" thick (the piece will probably be about 9" long.) Continue rolling the dough with the remaining pieces. Form a circle with the strands and pinch the dough together at the ends to form a circle. When all of the dough has been formed into circles, cover the bagels with a clean damp cloth or a large piece of parchment and allow to rise for 15 minutes. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. When the water is boiling, place 1 or 2 bagels into the boiling water. Boil for 30 seconds on one side, flip the bagels and boil the other side for 30 seconds. Remove the bagels with tongs or a slotted spatula and allow to drain on paper towel for a few seconds. Continue boiling the rest of the bagels. Once all of the bagels have boiled and drained, place them back on the baking sheet. Brush the tops of the bagels with egg white. Sprinkle the top of the bagels with your favorite topping or leave plain. Place the bagels in a preheated 375 degree F oven for 20-30 minutes or until browned. Remove from the oven and allow the bagels to cool on a rack.