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)
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.
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 !!!!