Monday, March 4, 2013

Bagel-O-Rama

My life ambition: to put Einstein's Bagel's out of business.

Okay, maybe I'm not that enthusiastic about it, but making bagels is a passion of mine. (I'm passionate about making basically anything whether it be in the kitchen or craft room, but you get the point.) According to all my bagel loving friends fans, I make some pretty mean bagels. How could I disagree?

Previously, I have posted about bagels made in a bread maker. Although it's easier, I'm not too thrilled with the taste and texture of doughs made in a bread maker. I decided to make this batch of bagels by hand. My friend Yeshurun requested them for his 19th birthday. (He's exactly a day less than a year younger than Braxton whose gift I posted about yesterday. We had a sort of celebration today at lunch.) Anyway, he's a big eater, so I decided to make him a massive bagel sampler. He devoured five of them at lunch along with 3 hotdogs, a bowl of mac and cheese, two bottles of juice, and a piece of cake that Braxton's mom made and I decorated. I was very impressed, but just a bit disgusted. I wonder how he tasted any of them.

I made sunflower seed, sea salt, sugar glazed, cheese, everything, poppy seed, sesame seed, plain, and cinnamon sugar bagels. Everyone's favorite were the cheese. Below is the recipe I used for all the bagels followed by the recipes for the individual toppings.

Bagels
makes 18
6 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups warm water
4 tsp yeast
1 tbsp salt
1/3 cup sugar
3 tbsp oil

Combine all the ingredients into a large bowl. Mix until everything is well combined, kneading for about 5 minutes. (I used a Kitchen Aid on low speed.) Cover the dough with plastic wrap and set in a warm place for 2 hours. Punch the dough down and turn it onto a lightly floured surface. Divide it into 18 balls. Cover the balls and let them sit for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 475 degrees, and put a pot of water on to boil. Stir in 1/4 cup sugar to the boiling water. Taking the balls of dough, press your finger through the middle to create a hole. It should be pretty big because the bagels expand as you boil them. Boil them two at a time in the pot for one minute per side. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain, and place on a baking pan. Follow the instructions for your desired toppings. Bake the bagels for 12-14 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool. Store the bagels in an air tight container.


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Sunflower Seed Bagels
bagel recipe (above)
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp milk
toasted sunflower seeds

Whisk together the egg yolk and milk. Brush the tops of the bagels with the egg mixture, and sprinkle the sunflower seeds on top.

sea salt bagel
Sea Salt Bagels
bagel recipe (above)
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp milk
sea salt

Whisk together the egg yolk and milk. Brush the tops of the bagels with the egg mixture, and sprinkle the sea salt on top.


cinnamon sugar bagel

Cinnamon Sugar Bagels
bagel recipe (above)
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp milk
3 tbsp sugar
cinnamon sugar

Whisk together the egg yolk, sugar, and milk. Brush the tops of the bagels with the egg mixture, and sprinkle on the cinnamon sugar.

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Poppy Seed Bagels
bagel recipe (above)
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp milk
poppy seeds

Whisk together the egg yolk and milk. Brush the tops of the bagels with the egg mixture, and sprinkle the poppy seeds on top.


cinnamon sugar bagel


Sugar- Glazed Bagels
bagel recipe (above)
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp milk
3 tbsp sugar

Whisk together the egg yolk, sugar, and milk. Brush the tops of the bagels with the egg mixture and bake.


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Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese Bagels
bagel recipe (above)
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp milk
4 cups mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Whisk together the egg yolk and milk. In a separate bowl, combine the cheeses. Brush the tops of the bagels with the egg mixture, and top each with about 1/4 cup cheese. Don't worry if you get any in the hole. It will melt down and make a yummy center of cheese.

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Everything Bagels
bagel recipe (above)
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp milk
onion flakes
poppy seeds
sesame seeds

Whisk together the egg yolk and milk. Brush the tops of the bagels with the egg mixture, and sprinkle the onion flakes, poppy seeds, and sesame seeds on top.

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Sesame Seed Bagels
bagel recipe (above)
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp milk
sesame seeds

Whisk together the egg yolk and milk. Brush the tops of the bagels with the egg mixture, and sprinkle the sesame seeds on top.

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Nutella and Cream Cheese Bagel-wich
Spread a plain or sugar glazed bagel with cream cheese and nutella. Enjoy!



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Here's a card I made with the picture from one of Harp's Valentines. (I had her permission.) I think the birthday theme suits the last couple of days well.

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