I love making bagels – they have to be my favorite guilty pleasure, especially when freshly-baked, warmed and topped with cream cheese. You may not find bagels on the healthy list, but I make a point to treat myself to one before a long bike ride or after a really good workout. This is an advanced recipe, but any bread makers should find it fairly easy; you can also find tutorials online. Experiment + enjoy the fruits of your labor!
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 tbs sugar
1 1/2 cup warm water
4 cups bread flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
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Place the yeast and sugar into a measuring cup with 1/2 cup of warm water. Let the yeast mixture sit for five minutes, until it is foamy.
Place the flour and salt into the bowl of a stand mixer set with a dough hook. (If you don’t have a stand mixture, you can knead by hand in a large bowl and get a great arm workout too!) Pour the yeast mixture into the center of the flour and turn on low to combine. Pour in the remaining water, a little at a time while mixing, until a smooth dough forms. Adding more if needed.
Remove the ball of dough and place it on a floured surface. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until a smooth, elastic ball forms. Place the ball of dough into a lightly oiled bowl, then tightly cover the bowl with plastic wrap and a towel. Let the dough rise for one hour or until doubled.
Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it down to remove air bubbles and divide into 8-10 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a smooth round ball. With your finger, poke a hole in the center of the ball and twirl around your finger until a large hole is formed. Place the bagels on a non-stick baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 20 more minutes.
Preheat the oven to 425⁰. Fill a large pot 3/4 full with water and bring to a light boil. Place the bagels in the water and cook for 2 minutes on each side. Remove the bagels from the water with a slotted spoon, shaking off excess water, then place on a non-stick baking sheet. Repeat until all bagels are done. Place the fixins of your choice on top of each bagel and bake for 20-25 minutes, until bagels are golden.
Remove from the oven and let cool completely before storing or serving.
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