..are surprisingly easy to make!
Which is not necessarily a good thing, because now every time I reach for Panera's Everything bagel, a little voice will say, 'You could have made it yourself.'
Ingredients for 12 bagels:
1 tbsp sugar
1.5 cups lukewarm water
2.5 tsp dry active yeast (1 packet)
4 cups all purpose flour
2 tbsp vital wheat gluten
2 tsp salt
poppy and sesame seeds, or toppings of your choice
a tbsp of vegetable oil, for coating the bowl
– Dissolve the sugar and yeast in the water and let it foam.
– Mix together the flour, gluten and salt. Add the yeasty water and knead for ten minutes.
– Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover, and let it rise for an hour or so.
Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to boil. (Optional: I added a tsp of molasses and a pinch of baking soda to the water- it is supposed to give the bagels a bagel-y sheen.)
Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope, then wrap the rope around your open palm to form a bagel. Seal together the edges of the dough rope, and roll the ring a few times to smooth it out. For a quick technique video, go here.
Roll out all the bagels and cover them with a damp towel. Now starting with the ones you rolled first, add them to the boiling water in batches of three. The bagels will float to the top. Cook them on one side for a minute, then flip over and cook on the other side for a minute. (The longer you boil them, the chewier they will be.) Remove and place on a towel.
Sprinkle seeds in a dish. Carefully grab the moist bagel and place it in the toppings, pretty side down. Then place them on a parchment lined baking sheet, pretty seed covered side up.
Bake for fifteen minutes, or until nicely browned. Cool on a rack for 20 minutes, slice, top with your favorite cream cheese, and devour.
I won't be getting a chance to perfect the technique until February, since we just started the 6-week Eat to Live detox diet. The science of Joel Fuhrman's book is arguable, but the idea of living on fruits, vegetables and nuts for six weeks suits me just fine. Besides, this will give me the chance to go Vegan for six weeks and see what its like. The no-caffeine part is going to be much harder. I've already talked myself into a cup of tea a day. 🙂