Homemade Bagels

Hey Guys,

I just came back to the States more precisely in Cleveland, Ohio for 2 weeks to visit some friends. I spend 4 years of my life there and so I got the chance to discover a bit of the american culture as well as their food. As soon as I got there I fell in love with bagels which could sounds weird since bagels are so common in the States. But in France bagels weren’t so popular at the time and I just love how we could eat them savory or sweet. So here is my bagel recipe, you can add any topping to this base. I personally love sesame seeds, cinnamon.crunch, asiago cheese or everything bagels.

I opted for oats and plain bagel this time and they were delicious !

Ingredients for 12 medium size bagels:

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Toppings: You can add pretty much whatever you like but here are some suggestions:

  • sesame seeds
  • poppy seeds
  • onion flakes
  • asiago cheese
  • cinnamon sugar (2 tablespoons of sugar for 1 tablespoon of cinnamon)

Method:

1 . Combine flour, sugar, salt, and yeast in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on low speed using the dough hook and slowly add the butter, and lukewarm water. Keep mixing until well-developed for about 10 minutes. The dough should be elastic and stretchable.

2 . Preheat your oven on the lowest temperature and turn it off. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover it with a kitchen towel, and place it in your oven.* Let rise for 2 hours, the dough should double size.

*this step is important as it will help the dough to rise. Although, make sure it isn’t too hot.

3 . Punch the dough down, place it on a lightly floured work surface, and use a knife or dough scraper to divide the dough into 12 pieces.

4 . Now, take a dough ball, and press it gently against the counter-top moving your hand and the ball in a circular motion until a perfect dough ball forms and repeat with the other dough pieces. Let the bagels rest for 15 minutes.

5 . Coat a finger in flour, and gently press your finger into the center of each dough ball to form a ring. Stretch the ring to about ⅓ the diameter of the bagel and place on parchment paper. Repeat the same step with the remaining dough and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 400ºF.

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6 . Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Boil the bagels, until they rise to the surface of the pot, about 1 minute per side. Place them on the same parchment paper.

7 . Whisk the egg and add the tablespoon milk. Brush the bagels with this mixture and add the topping of your choice.

8 . Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown and cool on a wire rack. It’s ready !!!!

 

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Candlemas or Crêpes Day

Hey guys!

Today is a special day in France as everyone celebrate Candlemas or “La Chandeleur“. Nowadays it’s a family time most simply associated with eating crêpes, delicious thin French pancakes.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes + 30 minutes rest
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Supplies:

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/4 cups (750 ml of milk
  • 3 cups (375g) of flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil + 1/4 cup for the pan
  • 1 tablespoon of orange flower water

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Methods:

1 . Put the eggs, oil, sugar, milk and orange flower water into the blender. Mix for couple seconds.

2. Then add the flour and mix for 1 minute. Allow the batter to rest for 30 minutes at room temperature before making the crêpes.

3. Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium. Lightly coat with a bit of vegetable oil. Add 1/3 cup batter and swirl to completely cover bottom of skillet. Cook until underside of crepe is golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes.

4. Loosen edge of crepe with a rubber spatula, then quickly flip. Cook one more minute. Slide crepe out of skillet and repeat with remaining batter.

5. Add any filling that you like: sugar, chocolate, jelly.. you have an infinite choice !

Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

Hello everyone,

I really only cook breakfast on the weekends, but I’m a huge fan of pancakes. This super easy gluten free banana pancakes recipe only uses ingredients we usually all have in our kitchen. And you only need to blend everything in a blender to make the batter.

Time prep: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

Ingredients for 4:

  • 1 cup of milk (milk of your choice)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of gluten free rolled oats
  • fruits of your choice
  • 1/2 tablespoon of vegetable oil (for the pan)

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Method:

1. Place the oats, milk, eggs, banana (cut in half), vanilla extract, baking powder and cinnamon in a blender. Blend until smooth.
2. Heat vegetable oil in nonstick skillet over medium-low heat.
3. Pour 1/4 cup of the pancake batter onto the skillet and cook until bubbles form around the edges of the pancake. Flip with spatula and cook for an additional minute.
4. Continue until no batter remain and serve with fruits of your choice or sirup.

Citrus and Orange Juice

Hello everyone,

Feeling tired or simply looking for a drink full of vitamins? Boost your day with this multivitamin juice! Try to start your day with my citrus and orange juice. You’ll feel more energized during the day and let’s be honest this juice is delightful !

Prep time: 10 min

Ingredients for 2 drinks:

  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 lime
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 blood oranges
  • 2 oranges

Juice the oranges, the lime, the lemon and then the grapefruit. You are ready to go !

Pour la version française c’est par ici: Jus d’Agrumes