I’ve baked bagels twice in the last week.
They are a family favourite and nice to have in the freezer.
Two dozen poppy seed bagels.
Moe had to test one, still warm, with butter.
And we had bagels, cream cheese and smoked salmon for dinner.
Twenty four bagels
Eight Poppy and Sesame
Eight Onion and Cheddar
I’ve been using the same recipe for over thirty years.
This past year I started to make all my breads
by hand. So I adapted the recipe slightly.
Bagels – Hand Mixed
Source: Hors d’oeuvres Cook Book. (1981)
Edited Jan. 2015
Using the hand mixed Autolyze, Stretch and Fold Method
560 g water
3 quarts water with 1 tablespoon of sugar (or Honey)
Egg Glaze (egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water)
poppy or sesame seeds
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
Place bagels on a floured board or tray and let stand 20
Bring water sugar 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