Mmm Monday // Guest Post:Denon Vipond // Homemade Bagels

Denon's Email Subject: "My bagels bring all the gulls to the bay"
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Ingredients

  • 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 (.25 ounce)  packages or 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water 
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey

sesame seeds or alternative desired topping.

 

Directions

 

1. In a large bowl mix together the water, white sugar, salt, and yeast. Add 1.5 cups of flour and mix thoroughly. Next, slowly mix in more flour until you have a moderately stiff dough.

2. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. Cover, let rest for 15 minutes. 

3. Cut into 8-12 portions, shape into smooth balls. Poke a hole in the center with your finger, and gently enlarge the hole while working the bagel into a uniform shape. Cover, let rise 20 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, start a large pot of water boiling. Put 1 tablespoon of honey in it, stir. Reduce to simmering

5. Once the bagels have risen, place them into the water 2 or 3 at a time and boil for about 4 minutes, flipping them over at the 2 minute mark. Remove them from the water and let them cool slightly before rolling in seeds or topping. They will be hot, don't be a hero and burn your fingers.

6. Place the bagels on a greased baking sheet and bake in a 425° F oven for 17-25 minutes or until golden brown.

 

This is a simple recipe but you can accessorize your batch in any way you fancy. Cinnamon raisin? Sure, try that! Everything? Just follow your heart. Fig and cumin? Choose your own adventure. Cheddar cheese? Whoa! Dream big.

 

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