Plain bagels are simple to make and yummy treats for breakfast when they are loaded up with cream cheese, butter, jams, jellies or even peanut butter. They provide a good dose of carbohydrates in the morning to help energize the body and get it off to a healthy start.
About 2 Cups of Water
2 Tablespoons of Honey
Teaspoon of Sea Salt
Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil
3 to 4 Cups of Flour
2 Teaspoons of Active Dry Yeast
Cup of Cornmeal
Stick of Butter
Large Pot of Boiling Water with Two Teaspoons of White Cane Sugar or Brown Sugar
1. Pour water, honey, sea salt, vegetable oil, flour, and yeast into a mixing machine and allow the dough hook to combine all your ingredients together until a lovely smooth dough ball forms. You may need to adjust the ingredients depending on the humidity inside the area you are working in. Sometimes you may find you need extra flour to help thicken the dough up so it isn't too sticky. Other times you may find you need more water to help moisten the dough up so it comes together easier. Play around with the bagel dough. Eventually, the dough will come out wonderful. Practice makes everything perfect in time.
2. Once the dough is formed, dump it out onto a floured surface and cut it into at least eight equal sized pieces.
3. Roll the even dough pieces into balls and than work holes in the middle of them using your fingers, or a cookie cutter. I prefer working the center of the bagels out with my fingers and hands because its much easier for me.
4. Place the doughy bagels you have just made onto a well greased cookie sheet and allow them to rise for an hour and half at least in a warm moist area.
5. Once the bagels have doubled in size, place one at a time into the pot of boiling water and boil each bagel on each side for at least 2 minutes, or until they expand in size.
6. Remove the bagels from the boiling water and place them directly onto a cooking wrack that has a towel underneath to catch the water that drains from them. Allow the bagels to drip the extra water from them for about 2 minutes.
7. Place the bagels directly onto a cookie sheet that is lightly coated in cornmeal and bake them in a 350 degree oven for about 25 to thirty minutes. You may brush butter over the top of the bagels as they bake to help add shine and gloss.
8. Once the bagels are done baking, remove them from the oven onto a cooling wrack and allow them to cool for about an hour before toasting them up, or storing them.