Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Bagel Recipe

Lee from Lowebrow was complaining that she can't get any decent bagels. Here's a very nice bagel recipe for you to try out, Lee.

You need: 1 packet yeast, 1/2 cup lukewarm water (105-115F), 3 1/4 cups flour, 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 tablespoon salt, 1 tablespoon margarine or oil, 3/4 cup scalded milk or lukewarm water.

Sprinkle yeast over 1/2 c. lukewarm water. Let stand 8 to 10 minutes, then stir to dissolve.

Using your food processor with steel blade: place flour, sugar, salt and shortening in processor. Process 6-8 seconds. Add dissolved yeast and process about 10 seconds. Add milk or water through feedtube while machine is running. Process until dough forms a ball on the blades. Let machine knead dough about 30 to 40 seconds from the time the ball stage is reached. Turn out onto a lightly floured board. Knead for 1 to 2 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Round up in a large greased bowl, cover with foil, and let rise for 20 minutes. Punch down.

Divide dough into 12 equal pieces (a little too small for my taste...I divide into 8). Roll each piece between the palms of your hands into an 8-inch rope. Join ends to form a ring. Let rise for 20 to 30 minutes.

Bring about 4 cups of water to a rolling boil in a large pot. Add 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon honey. Drop 3 or 4 bagels at a time into boiling water. Cook for 30 seconds; flip over quickly and then remove from water. Repeat with remaining bagels.

Dip in poppy or sesame seeds (or leave plain). Place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees F. for about 25 minutes, until well browned. It may be necessary to turn the bagel over for even browning.

It's a good recipe, Lee and probably worth making if you can't find any 'authentic' bagels in the store.


At 7:47 AM, Blogger Lee said...

Thanks, Susan. Will let you know if I end up with bagels or dog biscuits.

At 1:53 PM, Blogger Maxine said...

I am by no means a cook but I sometimes read recipies when I come across them, as you do. It is when I come across those immortal lines " wihizz in the food processor" or words to that effect that I am completely stumped. Why do all recipes seem to require technology these days? They sound delicious anyway. But outside my scope I am afraid.

At 6:51 PM, Blogger Susan said...

The food processor isn't really 'required' for this recipe, but it reduces preparation time by quite a bit. I found this recipe speedy and simple, Maxine and Lee. You needn't be an accomplished baker to get a good, tasty finished product.

At 10:40 PM, Blogger Lee said...

Maxine, I do know it's possible without technology. My grandmother came from a family of bagel bakers near Minsk before they emigrated early in the last century. Only manual food processors then. (Hm...can a love of bagels be genetically transmitted? Right up your alley!)


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