Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Homemade Bagels

The kiddos and I have been experimenting with bagels lately.  Throwing in a little of this and a little of that.  They consider bagels "dessert."  Nice.  I guess we had dessert for breakfast the other morning.  You've gotta have something special everyday and some days that just happens to be food.  I wish I could package these up and send them to those who need them more.


I'll give you 2 of our favorite bagel recipes.  Though we've only made each of these once.  Cause we're always experimenting.  I keep trying to make them healthier.  Can you make a bagel healthier?

Now for the recipes!


Cherry Nut Bagels

1 1/4 cups warm water (I use around 1 1/2 cups water)
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup oats
3 cups flour (I use 1 1/2 cup whole wheat and 1 1/2 cup white whole wheat)
2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
3/4 cup dried cherries or other fruit
1/4 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts)

1) In bread machine (cause that's easier for me), place first 7 ingredients.  Select dough setting.  Add the cherries and nuts when appropriate and extra water if needed.

2) When cycle is complete, turn dough on a lightly floured surface; cover and let rest for 5 minutes.  Divide into 8 balls. You can make long rolls and connect to make a bagel.  Or do what I do: Make a ball and push your thumb through to form a 1 inch hole.  Place on a lightly floured surface.  Cover and let rest for 5 minutes.

3) In a large saucepan; bring 2 qt water to boil.  Drop bagels, one or two at a time, into boiling water.  Cook for 45 seconds; turn and cook 45 seconds longer.  Remove with a slotted spoon; drain well on paper towels.


4) Place bagels 2in. apart on greased baking sheets.  Bake at 375F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.


Note:  I've also done this recipe using dried blueberries and chopped almonds.  We also might try raisins sometime.

Honey Flax Whole Wheat Bagels

1 1/2 cups warm water
2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp salt
4 tbsp milled golden flax seed
1/2 cup oats
3 cups whole wheat flour (or 2 cups whole wheat flour and 1 cup bread flour if you like a lighter taste)
2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast

Follow the same directions as above.

Have you tried homemade bagels?  Favorite recipes or tips to share?

How are you making today special?

1 comment:

  1. Wow! They look fabulous! I'm going to give them a try!

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