These home-baked bagels are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and great with cream cheese or butter!
1 1/2 cups warm water (112-115 degrees F)
2 tablespoons dry yeast
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon saltÂ
4 1/4 cups bread flour
8 cups of water, for boiling
1 egg white, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon water
Additionally, you can add one of the following (or be creative and come up with your own delicious addition to the recipe!):
cinnamon and/or raisins
onions or garlic
1. In a small bowl, mix yeast, sugar and warm water together and let stand 3 minutes.
2. Mix 2 cups of flour with the salt in a large bowl; then add the yeast mixture. Stir until combined and slowly mix in the rest of the flour.
3. Knead dough on a floured surface for 5 minutes, adding additional flour if necessary. Dough should be fairly smooth and somewhat firm. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover and let rise until double.
4. Punch dough down (if making cinnamon raisin bagels, add the cinnamon and raisins now -- knead just enough to swirl the cinnamon through the dough). Divide and shape into 12 balls. (For larger bagels, make only 8 balls.) Allow to rest for 5 minutes.
5. Bring 2 quarts of water to boil. Make a hole in each ball of dough and pull open about 2 inches, making a bagel shape. Place the shaped dough onto a cookie sheet and cover for 10 minutes.
6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drop 2 or 3 bagels at a time into the boiling water for about 45 seconds, turning each once.
7. Drain cooked bagels on a wire rack. Mix egg white and water; brush tops with egg white mixture and top with optional toppings, if using. Place bagels on greased baking sheets.
8. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, turning once half-way through baking. (If making plain bagels, you can flip the bagels; otherwise, just rotate.) Bagels will be lightly browned and shiny.
This recipe and photos were submitted by guest chef Bethany Kerr.
She writes, "I love this recipe because the bagels taste so much better fresh than they do bought from the store...the kids and hubby adore them! They really are not that difficult or time consuming to make either. :)"
Original recipe from recipezaar.com. Recipe has been edited by tammysrecipes.com. The photos are property of Bethany Kerr and tammysrecipes.com. :)
Note from Tammy: We made these onion poppyseed bagels by mixing minced onion with the egg white before brushing it on the bagels. Then we sprinkled poppy seeds on top and baked them! Yum! :)
This recipe was included in my freezer meal plan of breakfasts and make-ahead mixes when preparing for the birth of my fourth child. Read my update on how this recipe and the others turned out!
30 minutes + 60 minutes rising time