Bagels

  • Originally posted by nagymom in Dec 2002 WFD thread

    Bagels

    1 1/3 cups water
    2 T. honey
    2 t. salt
    1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour (I don't use this, I use the same equivalent
    of bread flour + the following amount)
    2 2/3 cups bread flour
    2 ˝ t. yeast


    These directions are for a bread machine. However, if you don't own one all ingredients can be mixed by hand as with any other dough recipe.


    Let the machine knead the dough once, and then let the dough rise 20 minutes only in the machine. Even if your cycle runs longer, simply remove dough after 20 minutes and turn off the machine. Divide the dough into the number of desired pieces. Each piece should be rolled into a ball, then work a hole
    into the middle shaping the bagel into desired size. It won't be perfect like a doughnut!
    Place these on a well greased baking sheet, cover and let rise for only 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, bring to a slight boil in a nonaluminum pan, (I use a glass pot but cast iron works too) about 2 inches of water. Carefully lower about 3 or 4 bagels at a time into the water, cooking for about 30 seconds on each side. Remove bagels, drain on a towel, sprinkle with desired
    toppings, listed below. Place on baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 550 degree oven for 8 minutes.


    Toppings

    poppy seed
    sesame seed
    cheddar cheese
    mozzarella cheese
    onion bits
    crisp fried bacon bits
    (imagination is your only limit!)


    For jalapeno bagels, I add desired amount of sliced, drained pickled jalapenos. (Fresh works well too and gives a hotter flavor, but I prefer pickled as they are easier to work with. If you do use fresh, follow liquid amount in recipe.) The more you add, the stronger the flavor. I then add some of the juice to the liquid called for, reducing the water accordingly. I generally add most of a 12 ounce package of chopped fried bacon to a batch. Adjust amount according to your taste. I sprinkle with grated
    cheddar cheese after boiling.

    I've "invented" some new flavors of bagel now too. For pizza bagels, use pizza or spaghetti sauce for the liquid, adding water as needed to make dough workable. Also add chopped pepperoni to beginning. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese after boiling. Bake as recipe calls for.

    Salsa bagels are made using hot (or mild to medium, we prefer the hot) salsa in place of water, again adding water
    as needed to make dough workable. Sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese after boiling. Bake as recipe calls for.

    Bagel Dogs and Bagel Puppies
    Use the basic bagel dough recipe. I also add some dehydrated onion flakes to the dough. This adds a wonderful hint of onion flavor to the dogs. Use enough to wrap around a hotdog, making as many as you need. Allow to rest for 15 minutes once finished, then drop into boiling water for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Place on greased baking sheet
    and bake at 550 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Watch closely to be sure they don't burn at this heat! I usually make enough to freeze once cooled. They never last long!

    For "puppies", use small ****tail sausages and follow above instructions.

    These are great canapés or gifts.