Today, on this -22 degrees below zero wind chill day with winds blowing over 30 miles per hour I decided to make my husbands favorite treat. Bagels. I have known him for almost 40 years and every morning of those 40 years he has had a bagel for breakfast. He loves bagels, especially homemade. My whole family loves bagels–including the babies! Well, Abbott (almost 5 months old) doesn’t know yet about bagels but I am sure he will love his G’s bagels too!I’m just saying, every time I make bagels they look different.
Oh dear mother though, they always taste great. Perhaps I failed to blossom in geometry–that may be why they are never perfectly cylinder like the ones in the packages. I like texture, so they are never perfectly smooth, and besides, all those nooks and crannies allow more toppings to stick. So I am happy with the results.
Here is my recipe:
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 egg
- various toppings of choice
Cover, let rest for 15 minutes. (I always put my dough that is rising or resting on a wooden bowl. Granite and other counter tops are too cold and may impact rising.)
When the bagels are ready, put 3 or 4 bagels into the water, (don’t crowd them) and boil for 7 minutes, turning once. Drain them. Place on a greased baking sheet, paint them with an egg wash of 1 beaten egg with a shhh of water. Add your favorite toppings, and bake at 375 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes.