Sunday, September 10, 2006

Anyone obssessed with bagel? Well, I am. It's been my "eternel" breakfast - bagel and juice. So I've decided to try to make my own bagels at home this weekend. I found several recipes including one in French. I made my dough on Saturday night then left it in the refrigerator overnight. Spent some time this morning baking them. And I tell you, it was absolutely worth it! It just tasted incredible and it had nothing to compare with the ones I got from my local supermarkets and convenience stores. It wasn't too hard either. Here is my own recipe:

2 cups of bleached flour
1 pack of active dry yeast
2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoon of olive oil
3/4 cup of water (roughly)


1. Mix flour with salt, sugar thoroughly with a wooden spatula in a big salad bowl.

2. Disolve dry yeast in about 2 tablespoons of warm water (~97 F) in a bowl. Spinkle one teaspoon of flour. Wait about 5-10 minutes. You can see little bubbles rise.

3. Add olive oil to the flour mixture. Then pour the yeast to it. Add water slowly while kneading it with the wooden spatula. Continue to work on the dough for about 5 minutes. Let it rise for about 1 hour. Store it in refrigerator overnight.

4. The next morning, the dough should double its volume. Knead it a little then divide it into 6 portions. Flatten it a little then punch a hole in the middle to make a ring shape. Let them sit for about 30 minutes.

5. Boil about a liter of water. Add 2 tsp of sugar. After water boils, turn down the heat.

6. Put 2 or 3 bagel to the boiling water. Simmer them for about 1 minute, then turn them once.

7. (Optional) Glaze them with sesame (I used black sesame).

8. Pre-heat oven for about 15 minutes at 400 F.

9. Put glazed bagels in a non-sticking pan and put in pre-heated oven to bake for about 17 minutes. Take them out and let them cool.