Hmmm felt like making something different today, so made some delicious bagels…
- 450g bread flour
- 300ml of water
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp of honey
- sachet dried yeast
- Get your flour, salt, mix it in a bawl.
- Activate your yeast, 100 ml of warm water, 1 table spoon of sugar and 1 sachet of yeast, mix it well and set it aside until there is a layer of froth at the top.
- Add the activated yeast to the dry ingredients mix it well and add the remaining 200 ml of water to the mix.
- Work the though until it all comes together then place the dough onto the work surface and kneed it for 10 minutes.
- Place it back into the bawl, cover it with a dump cloth and let it rise for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
- Cut the dough into same size balls, it will give you around 10.
- Poke each ball with your index finger and spin it around a bit to get the hole a bit wider 3 - 4 cm wide, place them on a lightly oiled tray.
- Once done, cover them with some cling film.
- Bring a large pan of water to the boil add the honey(optional, replace honey with sugar also add a heaped teaspoon on bicarb to the boiling water).
- Cook the bagels for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, they will puff up, turn them midway through, don't cook too many at once.
- Remove the cooked bagels, drain any excess water place it into a tray lined with baking paper.
- At this point, you might want to add some different toppings... use you imagination, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, fennel seeds, etc. I like mine plain.
- Cook the bagels for around 25 minutes on a preheated oven 220 to 230 C.
- leave them to cool on a wire rack.
- I like mine a bit sweeter so i actually add 2 tbsp or sugar to the dry ingredients.
- You can also do them 1/2 white flour 1/2 brown.
nothing beats the classic, cheese spread and smoked salmon with a squeeze of lemon and black pepper … yummy.