I have found my favourite recipe and have been baking these bagels repeatedly for the past 2-3 months now! It is super easy and they taste delicious. Warning…shop bought bagels will never be sufficient after you have made these! I put some mixed seeds on top of mine but theses can be plain if you wish. This recipe is taken from bbc good food website.
- 7g sachet dried yeast
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp salt
- 450g bread flour
- poppy, fennel and/or sesame seeds to sprinkle on top (optional)
- Tip the yeast and 1 tbsp sugar into a large bowl, and pour over 100ml warm water. Leave for 10 mins until the mixture becomes frothy.
- Pour 200ml warm water into the bowl, then stir in the salt and half the flour. Keep adding the remaining flour (you may not have to use it all) until you have a soft, but not sticky dough. I actually used my KitchenAid for this, using the dough attachment and it worked perfectly. Then knead for 10 mins until the dough feels smooth and elastic. I did this on a low setting (2-3). Shape the dough into a ball and put in a clean, lightly oiled bowl. Cover loosely with cling film and leave in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1hr.
3. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. On a lightly floured surface, divide the dough into 10 pieces, each about 85g. Shape each piece into a flattish ball, then take a wooden spoon and use the handle to make a hole in the middle of each ball. Slip the spoon into the hole, then twirl the bagel around the spoon to make a hole about 3cm wide. Cover the bagel loosely with cling film while you shape the remaining dough.
4. Meanwhile, bring a large pan of water to the boil and tip in the remaining sugar. Slip the bagels into the boiling water – no more than four at a time. Cook for 1-2 mins, turning over in the water until the bagels have puffed slightly and a skin has formed. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain away any excess water.
5. Sprinkle over your choice of topping and place on a baking tray lined with parchment.
6. Bake in the oven for 25 mins until browned and crisp – the bases should sound hollow when tapped. Leave to cool on a wire rack, then serve with your favourite filling.
I still need to work on getting my sizing consistent but you don’t notice that once you’ve tucked into them! Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.