Friday, February 20, 2009

Baking Bagels

In the course of making bread from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day, I stumbled upon their recipe for bagels.*

Rising balls of proto-bagels.

Bagels, I thought. If I could make bagels easily, that'd really be something!
Boiling the proto-bagels.

Yesterday I made the dough and today I tried it out.
Drying off.

As yummy as they were, they're not bagels. They're sort of like a crunchy English muffin. Yummy, but definitely not a bagel. Growing up in NY, I know what a bagel is supposed to be and I rather miss them.
Finished "bagels". You really do need to make those holes BIG!

So I broke out the Big Book O' Food (aka The New Best Recipe Book by Cook's Illustrated) and had a look at their bagel recipe. Hmm. High gluten flour and malt syrup and slow rising in the refrigerator. Hmmm.

Now I have a plan: I'm going to try the recipe as written in the Big Book and then I'll try it again in AB5M, using the high gluten flour and malt syrup and then I'll see how it goes. If it's just about as good using the simpler methods, I'll stick with that. If it's still nothing like a bagel, I may either stick to the Big Book method (good but labor intensive) or I'll...[Gasp!] continue to buy bagels.

Wish me luck!

* In case you're wondering where the heck I've been, I've been...sad. I'm working on it. It's hard to write or edit photos in this state.


pamsvulcan said...

Don't be sad - there's a sweet party invite winging it's way to you as we speak. Something to look forward to that is not baby centered. It could be fun. It will be fun!

Trisha said...

Good to see that you are still creating magic in the kitchen! Please keep on with the postive or the reflective when you feel up to it, I love reading your postings.

screamish said...

bagels bagels bagels!! its been years since I ate one! they dont seem to sell them in France, or in any case Ive never seen one. Love that texture, thats the special part. I have the "New York Cookbook" Ill go have a look see if theres a recipe, you've inspired me

Woman with a Hatchet said...

Thanks gang!

Hi there Trisha! Thanks for the kind words.

Screamish, try out your recipe and if you want mine for comparison, I'll post it.

Dawn: party! Party! Woo! Wedding!

Missy said...

Sorry to hear you are feeling sad. I hope that changes for you soon.

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