Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Bagels: Baking Through the Bread Baker's Apprentice

Next on the baking challenge: bagels. I have made this recipe many times and have always had great results. I have blogged about these bagels before (you may recognize the pic above), and have even provided my own variations. These bagels are chewy and soft and absolutely amazing. I have not made them for a while so it was nice to revisit an old favourite.

GENERAL NOTES:
1. The recipe says it makes 12 large or 24 mini bagels, but they are pretty big bagels. I usually make 16 bagels so they aren't too huge. Even the "mini" bagels are a pretty good size. If I bake these for the kids' lunches I make a 50g boule and shape it into a true mini bagel.
2. The recipe calls for high-gluten or bread four. I have tried adding in some vital wheat gluten to the bread flour to up the gluten content but I don't like the texture this gives the final dough. I prefer just adding a bit more bread flour to get a stiff dough.
3. I always find that the bagels brown unevenly in the oven, but it does not seem to matter too much. Rotate the pans to brown them as evenly as possible, but I find that the bagels are done after 10 mins even if they are lightly browned.

VEGAN NOTES
- none

7 comments:

Kate said...

Fresh bagels - yum! I haven't made them in years and may have to try them again soon.

Mrs Shew said...

Keep posting about them because I am ALMOST ready to try making our own. I've read over your original post many times and now you've brought them back. Maybe this weekend, just maybe! They look wonderful.

Kitchen Witch said...

Vegan Dad, you are my hero. So much bagel love, I know what I am making this weekend...

neca said...

Just found your blog yesterday and I've bought your book and printed out about a zillion recipes from your website. Where have you been all my vegan life?!?! *lol*

Seriously, your recipes sound fantastic! We love Indian and other cuisines - can't wait to try soem of these on my family!

Bianca said...

I need to make some homemade bagels again soon. How I love them!

katie said...

ohhh, man, do those look delicious.

thedalyn said...

I love this recipe. Finding jalapeno bagels around here is frustrating and expensive, but these totally satisfy my craving. I've started making batches of 16 as well and I've found that size satisfying while not inspiring guilt.