So, here we are typing in front of a cooling rack full of bagels. That's right - I made bagels! I'm fairly sure they won't win any awards and you'd certainly think twice before putting them in your shopping trolley but at least I tried and.. they actually taste pretty good!
- golden caster sugar 2 tbsp
- fast action yeast 7g sachet
- olive oil 1 tbsp
- strong bread flour 500g
- light muscovado sugar 1 tbsp
- bicarb of soda 1 tbsp
- egg, 1 beaten
- poppy seeds, sesame seeds, or sea salt to finish
- Pour 300ml warm water into a large bowl and stir in 2 tsp salt, the suga, yeast, oil and flour, mxing with your hands or in a mixer with a dough hook until you have a soft pliable dough. Knead for 10 mins until dough is smooth and elastic and a finger indent pressed into it pops out quickly. Shape into a ball and put in a clean, lightly oiled bowl. Cover with a tea towel and leave in a warm place until double in size (or put in the fridge to prove slowly overnight).
- Heat the oven to 220C/200 fan/gas 7/ Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 10, each weighing about 85g. Start to shape each piece by pulling it down and tucking under to form a rough ball. Cup your dough around in a circular motion to further shape the ball. Take a wooden spoon and use the handle to make a hole in the middle of each ball. Slip the end of the spoon into the hole and twirl the bagel around the spoon to make a hole around 3cm wide - it needs to be this big as it will shrink as the dough expands again. Cover loosely with cling film while you shape the rest.
- Bring a large pan of water to the boil and tip in the bicarb of soda. It will fizz madly. Slip the bagels into the water, no more than 4 at a time (I did 3). Cook for 1 minute turning over until the bagels have puffed slightly and a skin has formed - if you cook them any longer, they will get chewier and look a bit bobbly after baking. Remove with a slatted spoon and drain any excess water. Put on a oiled tray and glaze with egg before sprinkling any toppings you like.
- Bake for 15-18 mins until golden and crips. Cool on a wire rack.
Why don't you try? I'd love to see your results - tweet me!