Thursday, February 10, 2011

hot bagels

Have you ever made your own bagels? It's really much easier than you might think, and they taste like no bagel you have ever had before. We are talking bagels so warm and so fresh they will make you think twice before putting that $3.50 bag of Sara Lee's in your cart. It only takes about 20 minutes to make and they are all done in about 1 hour.  Here is how:

1.5 cup water
1.5 TBSP yeast
3 TBSP sugar
1/2 TBSP salt
4 C. flour

Put yeast and sugar in water and let grow. Add salt and flour; mix well. Let set for 15 minutes. Pinch off 10 to 12 balls. Poke thumb through center. Let rise 20 minutes. Biol in water with 2 tablespoons sugar or honey for 2 minutes. Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake 20 minutes at 400 F.

You can experiment with different kinds of flour (wheat, oat, spelt) or throw in some flax, pumpkin seeds or wheat germ. Or you could go the other direction and dip the tops in cinnamon & sugar. Either way you can't go wrong with these babies.

Spread a little bit of that strawberry freezer jam you made in the spring and you won't believe how amazing your cooking skills are. Make them on a cold day like today and they'll be your new best friend.



  1. Wow!! Those look amazing! Would you believe i've been planning on making my own bagels for V-day (I was gonna try and do heart shaped). I can't find the malted barley syrup the recipe calls for. Did you like yours with sugar or should I use honey? Love this post!

  2. I fully believe in substituting honey for sugar in all recipes. You don't even need as much honey as you do sugar because it's so sweet! And heart shaped bagels sound like a fantastic idea for Valentines Day.

  3. i've got a recipe with molasses in it that i've wanted to try. then you roll them in sesame seeds, my favorite. :)

  4. Those bagels look fantastic! And you make it sound easy. Maybe I will have to try them. I am wondering just how you would make them heart shaped?

  5. Me again, I couldn't resist since you made it sound so easy. I made some yesterday and they were wonderful. Thanks!