Recipe ingredients and directions:

 Yield: 12 Bagels

1 pk Yeast

1 1/2 c Warm water (110 degrees)

4 1/2 To 5 c flour

2 ts Salt

2 tb Sugar

Combine yeast and 1/2 c warm water in measuring cup, stirring with a

fork until dissolved. Combine 2 c flour, salt, and sugar in bowl. Add

dissolved yeast and remaining 1 c of warm water. Beat vigorously with

whisk or spoon for 2 minutes. Gradually add enough of remaining

flour, 1/4 c at a time, to make a soft dough. Turn out of bowl. Knead

until smooth and elastic, adding as little flour as necessary, about

8-10 minutes. (don't skimp on the kneading!) Place dough in a bowl,

cover with plastic wrap, put in warm place to rise until doubled in

size. (45-60 minutes. Watch carefully.)

Punch down dough and divide into 12 equal portions (about 3-4 oz each.

Weigh dough on a kitchen scale for accuracy and even size.) Form into

smooth balls, gently pulling sides of dough down and tucking ends

underneath. Place on floured surface. Let rest 10 minutes.

Using a finger or wooden spoon handle, punch a hole in the center of

each piece and twirl or stretch into a bagel shape. Cover with a

towel and let rest 20-30 minutes.

Bring to a boil 6 cups of water, 1 Tbsp sugar and 1 Tbsp salt in a

large shallow pan. Gently drop 3 or 4 bagels at a time into the

simmering water. Poach first side 2 minutes, turn to cook other side

2 minutes. Remove bagels from water with a slotted spoon and place on

a towel to cool.

Over the sink, brush each bagel with egg white wash (1 egg white

mixed with 1 Tbsp water). You may now sprinkle bagel with salt, poppy

seeds, minced garlic or onion, sesame seeds, whatever suits your

fancy. Place bagels on a greased baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees

for 30 minutes. If you like your crust crispy rather than chewy, bake

at 375 degrees for 10 minutes, then brush on the egg wash and

sprinkle with desired topping and return bagels to oven for 20

minutes more.

Remove from baking sheet and cool on wire racks.

Category: Bagels Recipes