Thursday, October 1, 2009

eat your heart out thursday - bagels

i made these for my cooking class back in february and again this weekend. they are really good and not very hard to make.

homemade bagels

2 cups warm water, about 110 degrees F
2 (1/4-ounce) packets active dry yeast
3 tablespoons granulated sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
5 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal

combine the water, yeast, and 3 tablespoons of the sugar in the bowl of an upright mixer fitted with a dough hook. stir and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. gradually add 4 cups of the flour and the salt, and mix until the mixture comes together.

add 1 to 1 1/2 cups additional flour 1/2 cup at a time to make a stiff dough, either stirring with the wooden spoon or working with your hands. turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and no longer sticky, about 5 minutes, adding just as much flour as needed. (dough should be heavier and stiffer than regular yeast bread dough.)

grease a large bowl with 1 teaspoon of the oil. place the dough in the bowl, turning to coat. cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free spot until almost doubled, about 1 hour.

remove from the bowl and punch down the dough. divide into 12 equal pieces, about 2 to 3 ounces each, measuring about 4 inches across. form each piece of dough into a ball. roll each ball into a 4 to 6-inch log. Join the ends and place fingers through the hole and roll the ends together. repeat with the remaining dough. place on a lightly greased surface, cover with a clean cloth, and let rest until risen but not doubled in a draft-free spot, 20 to 30 minutes.

preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

grease a baking sheet with the remaining teaspoon of oil.

in a large, heavy pot, bring 12 cups of water and the remaining tablespoon of sugar to a boil. In batches, add the bagels to the water and boil, turning, for 30 seconds to 1 minute. flip bagels onto the prepared sheet pan. bake for 5 minutes, turn over and cook for another 30 to 35 minutes.

remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.

recipe found here

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