Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bread Machine Bagels

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.


Sippity Sup said...

Maybe I'll pull my machine back out and give this a try. I was not as enthusiastic about mine as you seem to be. Is it me or is yours better. GREG

~Madeline~ said...

I doubt mine is better Greg but they do take a few tries to really know your machine. For example, mine requires a little extra water than any recipe states. You should definitely give it another go, the bread machine is so convenient!

Sharon and Andrew said...

If you want to seriously love your breadmaker, try these too: I saw the recipe for cinnamon rolls on your site, Madeline, but somehow I LOVE the vanilla pudding element too!

I'm going to try these bagels, hopefully this weekend!

~Madeline~ said...

Mmmm, vanilla pudding sounds like an excellent addition, I'll definitely try that next time. Let me know if you try the bagels. Thanks for the tip!

Sharon and Andrew said...

Okay, I tried the bagels and I sorta screwed it up because I tried to prep it the night before. Here's the full story:
It's kinda funny but the taste was GREAT so I'm definitely going to try them again for sure!

~Madeline~ said...

I've done that too Sharon, did not work ;) Let me know next time.

Sharon and Andrew said...

I JUST remade these today and it is wayyyyyyy better. They still aren't the most fluffy bagels ever (as compared to Thomas' giant bagels we buy) but they are so darn tasty. I put salt on them and they are like a cross between bagels and hot pretzels for me. This recipe is definitely a keeper. My husband and I split one when they came out, and that wasn't enough so I had a whole one by myself then too!

~Madeline~ said...

That's great Sharon. Bagels are generally sought after for their chewy texture which is why you boil them first. If you prefer them more bread like and fluffy I would skip the boiling process and bake them after they rise.

Pete said...

I've been feeling the love for my bread machines for about 14 years now (LG then Panasonic). The turning point for me was getting away from the awful recipes that came with the LG. I use The Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook by Jennie Shapter. The wholemeal loaf is devine and the malted loaf is amazing for a bit of a treat. The downside is that I can never eat a chain pizza again, as homemade is sooo much better. The book doesn't have a bagel recipe for some reason, which is why I ended up here. I'm looking forward to trying your recipe and reading more from your site.

Petra said...

These look lovely..bringing the trusty breadmaker out yet again to tray these. My kids love bagels as their sandwich bread for school.
Will try them today.

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