Sunday, March 18, 2012

0 Guest Post from HENNINGLOVE!

I think it is hilarious how much Meg from Henninglove and I think alike. . . this is the second time we have made the same "type" of food for a recipe swap! :-) She is sharing an amazing homemade bagel recipe and I'm sharing Lemon Blueberry Muffins over at Henninglove!

Recipe-swapping again with my wonderful friend, Elizabeth Ann!
Last Saturday morning, I woke up craving bagels, most particularly homemade bagels. There is nothing like a hot bagel fresh out of the oven. With the husband away majority of the day, I had time on my hands to succumb to my cravings. After a 6 mile trail run with a friend, a homemade bagel was the perfect food. I came home from the run, put all the ingredients together, let the dough rise while I took the dogs for a walk. Once I came back, I finished up the bagels, boiled them in water then stuck them in the oven and enjoyed the delicious, hot and fresh bagel. My morning couldn't get more perfect! If you make this recipe, then I hope your morning will be perfect too. 
For this recipe, you need 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoon) dry active yeast, 2 teaspoons white sugar, 1 1/3 cup warm water, 3 1/2 cup bread or all-purpose flour, and more for kneading, 1 3/4 teaspoon salt.
In your mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, yeast and salt. 
Put the bread hook on your mixing machine and with the mixer running, slowly add the warm water. Add all the water and allow the dough to come together in one mass. Increase the speed on your mixer and mix the dough for about 8-10 minutes. 
Oil another bowl and put the dough bowl in that bowl and let it rise for about an hour. 
After the dough has risen at least doubled, punch down the dough to de-gas it and let the dough rest on your counter for 10 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Boil water in a large pot and add about 2 tablespoons of baking soda. when the water comes to a boil, reduce the fire and allow the water to come to a simmer. 
Divide the dough into 8 equal parts, and roll them into balls. 
To make the hole in the center, put your pointer finger through the center of the dough ball and twirl the dough ball around the pointer finger. 
Place the bagel-shaped dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet and cover them to let them rise for another 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, add 1 or 2 bagels to the simmering water. Let them cook on one side for 1 minute, then flip the bagels over and let them cook for another minute. 
With a perforated skimmer or a spatula with holes, pull the boiled bagels out and place them back on the parchment lined baking sheet. 
Continue with all the bagels in the same way. Sprinkle what you want on top of the bagels before you bake them in the oven. I sprinkled salt, onion powder, cinnamon and sugar and a mint sugar I received as a gift from my sister. 
Bake the bagels for 20-25 minutes or until golden. Pull them out of the oven, and serve, eat and enjoy!
Thanks for swapping again Elizabeth Ann!

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