In my house, bagels are a staple. We all love them but like everything else, buying them pre-made tends to get a little expensive when you are eating anywhere from 6-12 every week. I thought what would be better than fresh bagels right from the oven to have weekly instead of spending money on pre-packaged ones. The ingredients in this recipe are things I already have on-hand anyway so making them at home only costs some of my time.
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 ½ tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 3 ½ cups (500g) all-purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 425 and start a large pot with about 5 inches of water to soft boil.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the yeast to your warm water and leave for about five minutes.
- Using the dough hook, add the rest of your ingredients and mix on low speed for about ten minutes. • the dough should be firm and not sticky and the sides of the bowl should be clean.
- Cover and proof for about an hour (dough should double in size).
- On a lightly floured work surface, punch down dough and divide into 8 equal portions.
- Roll your balls and flatten into a disc shape.
- Pick up your disc and with a floured thumb, poke a hole in the centre and proceed to shape your bagel.
- Repeat for all portions.
- Place as many bagels as you can fit comfortably in your pot and let them boil for at least 1 minute per side (the longer the boil, the chewier they get).
- Use the handle of a wooden spoon to flip.
- When boiled to your satisfaction, place on a baking sheet and bake for 20 – 25 mins or until tops are a nice golden brown.
This recipe is super easy and if your family loves bagels as much as mine do, then freshly baked from the oven is going to be a huge hit in your house too.