I’ve been using the same recipe to make bagels since 1981.
Now that I am making all my bread by hand,
I adapted the recipe.
These bagels are just about perfect.
Crust has that chewy texture that you expect from a bagel.
Moe had one while they were still warm.
I waited until dinner and had them
topped with smoked salmon and cream cheese.
The following is the recipe with my changes.
can be found here.
Bagels Hand Mixed
Source: Hors d’oeuvres Cook Book. (1981)
Adaped Jan. 2015
Using the hand mixed Autolyze, Stretch and Fold Method
560 g water
3 quarts water with 1 tablespoon of sugar
Egg Glaze (egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water)
poppy or sesame seeds
Mix flour, water and honey in a dough pail.
Let rest (autolyze) for 30 minutes.
Mix the yeast with a tablespoon or two of water. Add to the flour
mixture along with the salt.
Mix by pinching, stretching and folding. Let rest
for 20 to 30 minutes (Autolyze).
In the next hour, stretch and fold three more times. After the
last fold, cover and set aside to rise. Dough should double.
Because of the amount of yeast it will double quickly.
Tip out on to floured board and divide into three pieces. Working
with one third at a time, roll into log and cut into eight pieces
for full size bagels or up to 16 equal pieces for cocktail size
bagels. 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 donut
like shape.. Place bagels on a floured board or tray and let stand 20
Bring watersugar mixture to a boil in a 4 to 5 quart pan; adjust
heat to keep it boiling gently. Line baking sheets with parchment
or lightly grease a baking sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal.
Lift bagels carefully and drop into water (about 4 to 6 at a time
depending on size) 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 egg yolk glaze, sprinkle with seeds and
bake in a 400° oven for 20 minutes or until richly browned. cool on racks