I haven’t actually seen too many homemade recipes or attempts at bagels, but I had some spare bread flour and thought I would give it a go. The recipes I came across surprised me a little, telling me that I had to boil the bagel for a couple of minutes before putting in the oven.
I did it both ways – boiled some and didn’t boil others. The taste was very much the same, but I did notice the boiled ones held their shape a little better and had a more even browning. My verdict? The boiling isn’t necessary, but if you want your pretty bagel shape, I would recommend it!
Super simple recipe – let me know if you give it a try!
• 2 tsp yeast.
• 1 1/2 tbsp sugar.
• 1 1/4 cups warm water.
• 3 cups bread flour (potentially 1/2 cup more for kneading)
• 1 tsp salt.
• In 1/2 cup warm water, add yeast and sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes and then stir.
• (in a separate bowl) mix flour and salt. Make a well in the middle and pour the yeast/sugar mixture.
• Start mixing and pour in rest of water as needed (should be moist and firm).
• Knead dough for 10 minutes.
• Place dough in a large bowl with a wet towel on top. Let rise for 1 hour. It should be bouncy.
• Split into balls of desired size. Poke hole in the middle and shape into bagel. Let sit for 10 minutes (they’ll rise a little more).
• Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add bagels and boil for 2 minutes each side.
• Place on baking tray and add toppings (if you haven’t boiled them, coat in an egg mixture before adding toppings so they stick).
• Bake for 20-25minutes 220°C