How to Make Bagels: Faster and Easier Than You Thought!
Recipe type: Breads
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 12 bagels
Simple ingredients and a fun process make this great option for weekdays and cooking with your kids!
  • 3 cups flour (I use half white, half fresh-ground whole wheat)
  • 1 Tbsp. Dry yeast
  • 1 Tbsp. Salt
  • 3 tbsp. Sugar or honey
  • 1½ c. Hot water (115-125 degrees)
  • 1 egg white
  1. Mix all dry ingredients in the bowl of a mixer with a dough hook attachment.
  2. Pour in the hot water and mix on medium till all flour is incorporated.
  3. Gradually add ½ to 1 cup more flour until the dough forms a clean ball around the dough hook and/or cleans the sides of the bowl. *You want a good, stiff dough--it should not be sticky when you poke it with a finger!
  4. Knead for 5 minutes then cover to let rise for an hour.
  5. When dough has doubled in size, put a wide saucepot on to boil with 3 tablespoons sugar in the water.
  6. Sprinkle your kitchen table with flour, and call your helpers. (see video #1)
  7. Shape the dough: Divide dough into 12 pieces and roll each piece into a log or 'snake' roughly the width of both your hands. Then, overlap the ends to form an "o", and roll to seal the ends to each other. (See video #1) Dust the bottom of the bagel and set bagels on dry baking sheet to rise slightly for about 20 minutes.
  8. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, then gently transfer 3-4 bagels to the boiling water. (see video #3) Cook on one side for about a minute, flip with a slotted spoon, cook one more minute, then put them back on a greased baking sheet, preferably lined with parchment paper.
  9. When all bagels have been boiled, whip up an egg white till frothy and paint bagels with the egg wash.
  10. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Lovely fresh, even better toasted!
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