Bagels

Ingredients:

  • 2½ cups bread flour
  • ½ teaspoon instant dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Large pot of water (to boil)

Directions

In a large bowl, lightly mix together flour, sugar, and salt.

Add yeast and water, then knead together ingredients with hands to create a sticky but manageable dough.

Take dough out onto flat floured surface.

Knead dough firmly with your hands until the dough is no longer lumpy and powdery, approximately 15 minutes.

Add sprinkles of water or flour as necessary to keep the dough manageable — it will get elastic but pretty stiff.

Roll out dough into long tube and cut 1 inch sections.

Use your finger to poke a hole into the center of each piece.

Cover the bagels with plastic wrap and let rest for about 15 minutes (30-40 minutes during winter time).

In the meantime, fill a large pot with water and a teaspoon of sugar and bring to a simmer.

Preheat oven to 375° F.

When the dough is ready, carefully drop them into the water (doing batches of 2 at a time) and let them simmer for about 15 seconds on each side, flipping them only once.

The bagels should float when ready.

Use a slotted spoon to remove bagels and place onto a baking sheet.

When all bagels are boiled and no baking sheet, bake for approximately 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

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