Is there any yummier way to begin a day than with fresh bagels? If you think that making your own bagels is too time-intensive a task, please think again. Prepare bagel dough in a bread machine, and you’ll be enjoying fresh-from-the-oven breakfast bagels in no time flat.
Place warm water, yeast, flour and 2 tablespoons sugar in bread machine. Select the Dough setting and turn on the machine.
When the machine is done cycling, turn the dough onto a lightly-floured work surface and allow it to rest for five minutes.
Turn on the oven and preheat to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Fill a large pot with 3 quarts water and bring to a boil. Stir 3 tablespoons sugar into the boiling water.
Separate rested dough into nine equal pieces. Roll each piece into a slightly-flattened ball, and poke a finger through the middle to create a hole. Wiggle your finger around to expand and center the hole. Place on a lightly-floured surface, cover with a clean dish towel, and allow raw bagels to rest for 10 minutes.
Sprinkle an ungreased or non-stick baking sheet with cornmeal.
Gently lower bagels one at a time into boiling water, taking care not to overcrowd the pot. Boil for 30 seconds, then turn and boil for another 30 seconds. Transfer boiled bagels to a clean dish towel and allow them to drain for one minute. Arrange drained bagels an inch apart on prepared baking sheet.
Brush bagels with beaten egg white, then sprinkle with your choice of toppings.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until well-browned. Bagels are done when they sound hollow when thumped. Cool slightly, then slice and serve with butter or cream cheese.
Plain, untopped bagels are delicious. If you want to change things up a bit, try this tempting ruby-red bagel variation:
Beety bagels with whipped blue cheese
Use the same basic recipe, but increase flour to 3 ½ cups and replace white sugar with brown sugar. Mix ¾ cup mashed cooked beet with 1 cup warm water before adding to bread machine. Add 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 2 teaspoons onion powder and 1 tablespoon dried thyme to the machine before cycling. After boiling, bake beety bagels on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
Whipped blue cheese topping
Blend ingredients together with a fork. Spread on beety bagels for a brilliant breakfast.
The origin of classic bagels is debatable. Some say that bagels originated in Poland, others say that the bagels we all love had their earliest beginnings in medieval Italy. No matter where they came from, bagels boast a delectable crust and a dense, chewy center.
It is interesting to note that the first bagels in space were delivered to the International Space Station by NASA space shuttle astronaut Gregory Chamitoff in 2008 🙂
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