Homemade Bagels

Bagel is a bread product shaped by hand into the form of a ring.

The first time I had a bagel was back in San Francisco and I just loved it, since I love bread product in general, lol. The other day I was at IKEA in the grocery section and they had a special promotion for Swedish smoked salmon so my bf suggested to buy some and eat it with cream cheese and bagel, just like we did in the States. So I went back home and I started preparing my little ring bread.

Making bagel is similar to making Priztel, the dough is first boiled for a short time in water and then baked. The result is a dense, chewy, doughy interior with a browned and sometimes crisp exterior. Once they cool down you can put them in a zip lock bag and they will last for days

Ingredients (for about 5 bagels):

  • 2 cups bread flour (250 g)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2/3 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp instant yeast
  • less than 1 cup of warm water
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil

Mix all the ingredients together

Knead the dough for about ten minutes, or until it  is uniform and smooth

Cut the dough into 4-5 equal sized balls, and let rest for 10-20 minutes

Now, take each of the dough balls and using two hands, roll it into a little snake on the counter. When the snake is longer than the width of your two hands, wrap it around your dominant roiling hand. The dough rope should be wrapped so the overlapping ends are together at your palm, near the start of your fingers. Now take the two overlapping ends, and use your palm to squish/roll these two ends together. Once the dough is fused, you should have a perfectly circular bagel

Let your bagels rest on the counter for about 20 minutes, and meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil

Boil for about a minute

Then turn them over and boil for an other minute

Take them out a let dry for a minute

Bake them in preheat oven at 200 C for about 10 min, then flip the bagel over and keep baking for other 10 min.

Let them cool for at least 20 min then take some cream cheese and smoked salmon and feast on what’s going to be the best brunch ever!

One bagel (without filling) provides:

  • Calories: 200  (from fat 14)
  • Fat: 1.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 39 g
  • Protein: 6 g

About the author:

An Italian living in China with a strong passion for cooking! Browse my 'left-overs' session for many tasty grub!. Follow her on Twitter / Facebook.