Bake Day – Homemade Bagels

Before I get to the Bagels
though I want to tell you about my cute little bread basket.
 I love this little canvas bread basket.

It was a gift from my friend Monique (La Table De Nana)

and I’ve been waiting for just the right opportunity to showcase it.
(Thanks Monique)
What better way than filled with homemade Bagels.
Bagels are easy to make and they freeze well.  
 Takes less than four hours from start to finish.
Nice to be able to just pull a bagel out of the freezer.
Dinner last night was Bagels, 


Cream Cheese 

Smoked Salmon.


Source: Hors d’oeuvres Cook Book. (1981)

I have typed it exactly how the recipe is printed in the book. If you have a bread machine or kitchenaide by all means use it to do most of the kneading. I always like to finish the kneading by hand. You can also make these in to normal size bagels. I have used this recipe since 1981. I have tried other recipes but this is my favourite one.

2 cups warm water
2 packages active dry yeast
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
About 5 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, unsifted
3 quarts water with 1 tablespoon of sugar
1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
About 2 tablespoons poppy or sesame seeds.

Stir together water and yeast in large bowl of electric mixer; let
stand 5 minutes to soften yeast. Stir in the Sugar and Salt.  Gradually
mix in 4 cups of the flour and beat at medium speed for 5 minutes. With
a spoon, stir in about 1 1/4 cups more flour to make a stiff dough.

turn out on a floured board and knead until smooth, elastic, and no
longer sticky, (about 15 minutes); add more flour as needed to prevent
sticking – dough should be firmer than for most other yeast breads.
Place in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place until
almost doubled ( about 40 minutes to 1 hour).

Punch dough down and divide into thirds. Set 2/3 of dough aside on a
floured board; cover with clear plastic. form remaining 1/3 dough in a
log and cut into 16 equal pieces.

to shape, knead each piece into small ball and poke thumbs through
centre. With one thumb in hole (hole should be at least 1/2 inch) work
fingers around perimeter, shaping ball into a small donutlike shape
about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Place bagels on a floured board or tray
and let stand 20 minutes.

Bring water-sugar mixture to a boil in a 4 to 5 quart pan; adjust heat
to keep it boiling gently. Lightly grease a baking sheet and sprinkle
with cornmeal. Lift bagels carefully and drop into water (about 6 at a
dtime) boil gently for 1 minute turning only once (30 seconds each
side). Lift out with slotted spoon and drain very briefly on paper
towels, and place on baking sheet. Brush with 1/3 of the egg yolk
glaze, sprinkle with seeds and bake in a 400° oven for 20 minutes or
until richly browned. cool on racks.

Repeat with remaining 2/3 dough (you may need to punch it down before
shaping,) working with 1/3 at a time. Makes 48 cocktail size bagels.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. The bagels look wonderful..And all dressed yum.Chapter's could sell them all out if they used your photos:)So sweet:)

  2. Linda says:

    Absolutely adorable…I love the lovely bread basket….M. Is so talented, as are you my dear bread baking friend.You make it all seem so effortless. We get really amazing bagels here in the NYC/NJ area, but I am sure yours would stand up right along with them.

  3. It is 8:00 am here and I could just lick the computer screen! These look beyond scrumptious!

  4. shambo says:

    You've inspired me. I've got to make some bagels soon — I ran out of homemade ones about a month ago.

  5. These look sooo good. I love bagels but I've never even considered making them, think I might need to give this a go soon

  6. RecipeNewZ says:

    I found this post though Pinterest. The photo was so beautiful that I just had to come here to read the recipe! Love it! And love your site :-). I would like to invite you to share this post (and other posts 🙂 ) on a new photo based recipe sharing site that launched this month. The idea is simple: all recipe photographs are published within minutes of submission. And, of course, the images link back to the author's site. It's called RecipeNewZ (with Z) – I hope you get a chance to visit and to share some of your delicious posts with our viewers. It would be a pleasure to have you on board 🙂

  7. Thank you for the invitation. What a wonderful site. ~Ann

  8. Unknown says:

    Can't wait to give these a go in the morning! Have never made bagels and I'm excited to use your recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Unknown says:

    Ha! I have never commented on a blog before now! This is attempt number two..and I apologize profusely if attempt number one posted and I am being annoyingly repetitive. Love the recipe and anticipate giving it a whirl in the morning..or maybe I should take down the Christmas tree first?…..nah. Because BAGELS!!

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