Making your own bagels is such a rewarding endeavour! They are rustic and delicious and beautiful. Keep in mind though – these aren’t your Tim Horton’s bagels. These bagels are free of preventives, artificial colours, artificial flavours and free from weird unnecessary ingredients. You know exactly what ingredients are in them, and also the quality of the ingredients because you made them yourself!
This recipe makes 8 bagels. You can also double the recipe and freeze them.
OK – go ahead and cancel all your plans for today. For real though……. Bagel making is relativity easy but there is a lot of waiting time. Make bagels when you know you will be home all day and work the other stuff you have to do that day in between rising time.
Ingredients Needed –
4 cups total organic flour
1.5 teaspoon yeast
2.5 teaspoon ground sea salt
2-4 teaspoons organic raw honey
1.25 cups warm filtered water
handful of cornmeal (optional)
Mix 2 cups flour, 1.5 teaspoon yeast & 1.25 cups warm water. Cover with a tea towel & let rise 30 minutes in a warm area.
With your mixer, stir in 1.5 teaspoon salt and 2 more cups of flour. Using the dough hook, knead until it forms a smooth elastic ball that holds together and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. About 10 minutes of kneading time. If you do not have a mixer, you have to roll up your sleeves and use some tough elbow grease!
Take dough out of the bowl, form into ball by tucking under on itself. Return dough to bowl, cover with tea towel and let rise over an hour. About 1 hour, 20 minutes I find works best.
Take dough out and separate into 8 equal balls. Take each ball and pull dough under on itself to make a ball, then tear hole in the middle. Lightly form into a bagel shape. Place dough on floured parchment paper to avoid sticking. Cover with a tea towel and let rest 30 minutes.
Now you can set your oven to 400F. While the oven is heating up. Bring water in a large sauce pan to a boil with 1 teaspoon salt & 2-4 teaspoons honey in the water. Boil the bagels 3 at a time so as not to crowd the pan. Boil 2 minutes on each side.
Remove from water and add your topping (if you like). Toppings I have tried are dried parsley, dill, paper flakes and sesame seeds. Yum!!
Place on cooking sheet on top of cornmeal (if using cornmeal). Do not crowd the baking sheet. Use 2 sheets if you need. Put into the oven for about 25-30 minutes.
Remove and enjoy!!! Store in a Ziploc bag when cool.
~with love, ChelseyP
Sprinkle non-stick baking sheets with cornmeal (for the bottom of the bagels). This step is optional but I think it makes it more authentic.