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Bagels are near and dear to my heart. The food of my people. So I decided it was time to try them. They came out really tasty and with a pretty nice consistency, but shaping them into real new york style bagels is still proving a bit of a challenge.
1. Mix sugar, yeast, and half cup of warm water in a bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes then mix.
2. Mix the flour and salt in a mixer bowl. Make a well in the middle and pour in the yeast and sugar mixture.
3. Pour 1/3 cup warm water into the well. Start mixing. Add the rest of the water as needed to get a moist firm dough. Mix for a total of 10 minutes with dough hook.
5. Lightly brush a large bowl with oil and turn the dough to coat. Cover the bowl with a damp dish towel. Let rise 1 hour, it probably wont double in size.
6. Punch down dough.
7. Form 8 equal balls.
8. Poke a hole through center of each ball and form the bagels. Hole should be about 1/3 diameter of whole bagel.
9. Let sit 10 minutes under a wet towel while preparing water bath.
9. Boil the bagels for 2 minutes on each side.
10. Now is the time to top the bagels if you are going to.
11. Bake 22 minutes @ 425F.
12. Let cool, then eat!
- 3.5 Cup Bread Flour ((Or "high gluten"))
- 2 tsp Yeast
- 1.5 tsp Salt
- 1.5 tbsp Granulated Sugear
- 1.5 Cup Water (Give or take more when kneading to get texture right)
- 4 Qts Water
- 2 tbsp Barley Malt
- 1 tbsp Granulated Sugar
- Enough Sesame
- Enough Poppy
- Enough Kosher Salt