As a permanent resident of the state of New Jersey, bagels are part of your food pyramid! There is no way around it. It’s a staple in every household up in New Jersey. Bagels come in all sorts of flavors and seasonings. So, why not put your on hands into making your own bagels from scratch? You can modify this recipe to your own liking! Let’s get started. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1/4 oz dried yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon barley malt syrup or honey
- 4 cups white bread flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- cornmeal to dust
Preparation Time: 35 minutes + 12 hours refrigeration
Total Cooking Time: 16 minutes
Quantity makes: 8
- Place the yeast, sugar and 1 1/2 cups warm water in a bowl and stir until dissolved. Leave for 10 minutes or until bubbles start to form. After bubbles have formed, stir in your malt syrup. (FYI, if you don’t get bubbles…then your yeast is “dead”)
- In a larger bowl, place 2 cups of flour. Create a divot in the middle and add in your salt. Slowly add in your yeast mixture. Use a mixing spoon to fold ingredients in together. Keep adding flour as necessary to make the dough firm. Once you have a nice firm dough, place on a floured surface and knead for 10-12 minutes, or until firm and smooth texture. Divide dough into 8 equal balls.
- With your hands, roll each ball into a rope like shape that’s almost 11 inches long. Use a little water to make the ends wet, and then join the ends together and pinch firmly together. You want to make sure that the seam is sealed together. Then place your bagels on a corn flour dusted tray. Place in the refrigerator once your done rolling out your bagels.
- Pre-heat your oven to 475 degrees. Get 2 baking trays, and line them with parchment paper. Take your bagels out 20 minutes before baking. Now, here’s the trick Bring a medium sized pot of water to a boil. One at a time, drop in your bagels in the water for about 30 seconds and then place them on a wire wrack to drip dry. After “drying” them, place them on your lined baking trays and bake for 15 minutes, or until you get that nice golden brown color that we crave so much from them! Feel free to season them, if you wish (personally, I love the everything bagels!! Yum!). Transfer bagels to a cooling rack until you’re ready to eat them.
Tips: Add seasonings to your bagels just before they are almost dried! This will let your seasonings “stick” to the bagels. Also, have some cream cheese or butter ready to go for them! Enjoy!!