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Bagels, Homemade Wheat Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Dawn & David Cusimano
Added: Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
2 1/4 cups boiled water
2 Tbsp. honey
2 1/4 tsp. salt
5 cups flour (We always mix about 3 cups freshly milled wheat flour with 2 cups multi-purpose white)
2 tsp. instant yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/3 cup honey

Directions:
Directions:
First, we always check to make sure the yeast is good by dissolving it in 1/4 cup warm water. It should double in size within approx. 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine boiled water, honey, and salt. Allow to cool to lukewarm. Then, add half the flour and the yeast. Mix well. Add remaining flour and knead to form a slightly stiff dough (about 8-10 minutes). Let rise until double (about one hour), covering to keep dough from drying out.
Punch down dough and divide into 12 equal size pieces. Shape into balls and allow to rest.
In a large pot, bring about 1 gallon of water to a boil, then add 1/3 cup of honey to it.
Now, here comes the fun part...
Working with only 6 balls at a time, take each ball and poke your thumb through the middle forming a hold, then twirl each new bagel on your thumb to enlarge the hole until it is about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
Let each bagel rest about 5 minutes, then place it in the boiling honey water. Cook 2-3 bagels at a time adjusting the heat so that the water is simmering all the time. The bagels should sink, then rise in a few seconds; if they don't, they rested too long, but that's okay. Flip them over so that both sides get wet. After 1 minute in the water, remove them with a slotted spoon and place on a greased cookie sheet.
Bake at once in a preheated oven at 425 for about 25-30 minutes, turning bagels over at about the halfway point.
(Optional) The bagels may be brushed with a mixture of 1 beaten egg and 2 Tbsp. water. The egg wash gives the bagels a pretty, shiny look. You may also opt to sprinkle with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, minced garlic, etc. for a different flavor.
Enjoy!


Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
12
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
60 minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This take a while, but it is fun, and the end result is delicious.

 

 

 

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