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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I Think I'm Turning Into Suzy Homemaker

I made bagels today.  That's right - made from scratch, cooked at home, bagels!  And they were delicious!  Beyond delicious.  It was a battle to eat just one.  I thought I loved bagels before, but man - it's a new kind of love.  Usually when I make something from scratch I find it to be comparable with the store version - but not bagels.  I think we'll be a homemade bagel family from now on.  Which suits us fine since some certain little girls think the morning is incomplete without bagels and at $4 for 6 bagels, their mornings are often incomplete.

Here's the recipe for bagels so that you too can enjoy the delicious aroma wafting throughout your house, and delight in biting into a fresh, hot bagel. You'll thank me later. (And honestly the hardest part was trying to get them all uniform in shape and size.)



Boiled Bagels

Ingredients

  • 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

Directions

  1. In large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups flour and yeast. Mix water, 3 tablespoons sugar and salt together, and add to the dry ingredients. Beat with a mixer for half a minute at a low speed, scraping the sides of the bowl clean. Beat at a higher speed for 3 minutes. Then, by hand, mix in enough flour to make a moderately stiff dough.
  2. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (8-10 minutes). Cover, let rest for 15 minutes.
  3. Cut into 12 portions, shape into smooth balls. Poke a hole in the center with your finger, and gently enlarge the hole while working the bagel into a uniform shape. Cover, let rise 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, start a gallon of water boiling. Put 1 tablespoon of sugar in it, mix it around a bit. Reduce to simmering.
  5. When the bagels are ready, put 4 or 5 bagels into the water, and cook 7 minutes, turning once. Drain them. Place on a greased baking sheet, and bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven, eat hot or cold.


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