Homemade Everything Bagels

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What to do with extra time on our hands, stuck at home? Try making something new! Making a new recipe was on my list for 8 productive/fun things to do while quarantined, so let me go ahead and share the best kind of new recipe with you: the very yummy carbs kind. Perhaps my nursing mama self had two of these fresh bagels the night we made them. Perhaps that is not the recommended dosage. Let's move on.

Other recipes to try: A healthy breakfast casserole | Dairy-free chocolate chip cookies

 I've included some links to baking things I use from Target so that you can order via pickup or drive-up and not have to really interact with lots of people, if you're living that social distancing life!

Ingredients you need:

  1. 2 cups warm water
  2. 1 packet rapid rise yeast (1 tbsp)
  3. 1 tbsp sugar
  4. 1 tbsp salt
  5. 5 1/2 to 6 cups flour
  6. A little bit of oil
  7. Everything Bagel Seasoning (Mine is from Aldi, but I've linked to one from Walmart that you can order via grocery pickup or have delivered!)
  8. 1 egg, scrambled for brushing on
  9. Large mixing bowl (this one has a lid + is only $7!)
  10. Nonstick baking mat + baking sheet
  11. Saucepan with boiling water
  12. Silicone tongs

Making the dough:
  1. Add one packet of rapid rise yeast, 1 tbsp sugar, and 1 tbsp salt in a bowl with two cups of warm water. 
  2. Let it sit for about 5 minutes. 
  3. Slowly mix in the 5-6 cups of flour. 
  4. Scrape the bowl of any loose dough, and knead it on your counter for about 5 minutes. (Basically smash it with the heel of your palm, fold it, and smash it again.)
  5. Put a little oil in your mixing bowl and spread it around.
  6. Return the blob of dough to the mixing bowl, toss it so it gets covered in oil. 
  7. Cover the bowl and allow to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes to one hour. 

Forming bagels:
  1. While the dough is rising, start that saucepan on the stove. Fill it 3/4 of the way full with water and bring to a boil. 
  2. Knead the dough again a few times to get rid of the air bubbles. 
  3. Divide the dough into what feels like 6 equal balls. 
  4. Punch out the center of the ball of dough with your fingers, and separate the dough a little so the center circle is widened. 

Next up, a bagel bath: 
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 before you start the "bagel bathing"! 
  2. Place 1-2 dough circles into the boiling saucepan of water, using your silicone tongs so the dough doesn't stick to your hands/the tongs. 
  3. Boil the dough for 1 minute on each side, flipping with the tongs. 
  4. Place the boiled dough onto your baking mat. 
  5. Repeat until all the dough-circles have been boiled. 

Baking the bagels:
  1. Brush the boiled bagels with egg. 
  2. Coat the egg-brushed bagels with as much everything bagel seasoning as you want!
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the bagels are a deep golden brown. 
  4. Let them cool for about 20 minutes, then enjoy!

If you don't have the everything bagel seasoning and don't want to order it from Walmart , you could make plain bagels. (Boring?) Or you could make cheese bagels, by adding shredded cheddar to the dough and coating the top of the bagel with more shredded cheddar cheese before you bake.

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What recipes are you making these days? What's your favorite thing to bake from scratch?

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