I discovered this recipe while trying for the perfect bagel. I tweaked from the original to make it my own. I know I have it right when people ask me where I buy my delicious bagels. I usually make two batches so I will end up with 16 bagels.
Mix together in food processor:
- 5 tablespoons sugar
- 1 (8 g) package dry yeast (2 and 1/4 teaspoon)
- 4 1/2 cups unbleached white bread flour (you may need more)
- 2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon beaten egg
- 1 tablespoon malt syrup (Wholefoods carries this)
- In a food processor mix salt, sugar, yeast and 4 1/2 cups flour.
- Combine oil, egg, malt syrup and warm water.
- While the processor is running pour in combined liquid.
- Process until the dough pulls away from the edge of the processor bowl.
- Remove dough and cover with inverted bowl and let sit 10 minutes.
- Next, divide up the dough into 8 equal pieces (or 16 for small bagels). Roll each piece into a ball. With your fingers pull a hole about 2 inches across to form the bagel.
- Cover with a tea towel and let bagels rise for 30 minutes.
- When ready, fill a large pot with the 6 quarts of water and then stir 1/3 cup honey; bring that up to a boil.
- Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 450 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat mats, or non stick foil.
- When the honey-water has come up to the boil, drop in bagels and boil for about 90 seconds (1 1/2 minutes), turning only once. Drain your bagels quickly on a tea towel and place on baking sheets.
- Sprinkle both sides of bagels with seeds (poppy or sesame) or dried onions and a bit of kosher salt. (or see “everything recipe following) Be generous!
- Place your bagels in preheated oven and bake until golden in appearance, about 20 minutes total; after ten minutes, turn the bagels over and continue baking.
- I usually cut in half when cool and put in a plastic bag to freeze, bagels ready when needed.
Mix the following:
1 Tablespoons each: poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dried minced garlic, dred minced onion