I made bagels for the first time ever this morning, and boy, were they ever delicious! I've been testing out recipes from the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day book the last few weeks. I have both that one and the Healthy Bread version checked out from the library. I'm working through a few recipes from both to figure out which book would work best for me to purchase for my cookbook library. Hence the bagels this morning. I mixed a half batch of the bagel dough recipe on Wednesday, so it had had a good three days of fermenting in the fridge. And it took less than an hour to have piping hot fresh bagels for breakfast in the morning!
I only made two bagels for the first go around. I used my kitchen scale to weigh out the three ounce hunks of dough.
Oven on, water boiling, and this was my first attempt at shaping the bagels.
I'm hoping with some practice that I can get them a little more evenly shaped!
Quick boil on the stove!
Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top, then into the oven.
Mine didn't brown up much like the book says they will, even with leaving them in the oven for an extra four minutes, but they tasted amazing!
The outside was crispy and the inside was soft and the taste was divine. We slathered ours with cream cheese and the homemade sour plum jam I'd made last week. Best breakfast I've had in awhile! I think this bagel recipe closed the deal for me to buy this book!