Recipe ingredients and directions:

 2 C Warm Water

1/2 C Gluten Flour

1 Tsp Sugar

4 1/2 C All-Purpose Flour -- or as needed

1 Pkg Dry yeast

1 Tbsp Salt

-----WATER BATH-----

4 Qt Water

2 tbsp Salt

4 tbsp Sugar

In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup of the warm water, sugar and yeast. Sti=

r & let stand til foamy, abt. 10 min. In lge. bowl of elec. mixer, combi=

ne gluten flour, 2 cups all purpose flour, salt, and remaining 1 1/2 c. =

warm water. Add yeast mixture and beat for 5 min. on med. low speed. Co=

ver dough and let it rise until it collapses, abt. 2 hrs.

Stir 2 more cups A.P. flour gradually into dough. Spread remaining flou=

r on a working surface and turn dough out onto it. Knead until smooth an=

d shiny.

Place dough in an ungreased bowl and let rise, covered, until doubled in=

bulk, 1 hr. or more. Punch dough down. Turn out onto board and cut int=

o 12 pcs. Cover with dry towel, then damp one, and let rest 10 min.

Removing one pc. at a time from under towell, begin making the bagel sha=

pes. Roll each pc. into a "snake" abt. 8" long. Moisten and over lap ed=

ges; pinch firmly together. The bagel should be a uniform ring with a ce=

nter hole no smaller that 1 1/2". As each bagel is finished, place it on=

a dry towel. When all are formed and on the towel, place another dry to=

wel, then a damp one, over them and let rise for abt. 30 min, or until "h=

alf-proofed", but not doubled.

While bagels are rising, preheat oven to 425 F. Make the water bath by =

combining water, sugar and salt in lge. pot and bring to simmer. When ba=

gels are ready, drop abt. 3 at a time into the simmering water. Keeping =

the water at a bare simmer, cook bagels for 1 min. on each side. Remove =

with slotted spoon.

Place on baking sheet lined (not greased) with bakers' parchment. All s=

hould fit on pan--expect close fit. Bake in center of oven for 10 min.; =

the bagels should be set but not browned. Turn over and return to ovven =

for 5 min more, or until bagels are browned. Cool on rack. Store in pla=

stic bag in 'fridge up to 2 days. If longer, freeze.

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Category: Bagels Recipes