I love my bagels not only because I bake them but because I see so many faces light up when I deliver. Honestly, some people come to the door not having a great day, see the bagels and a big smile comes across their faces, it is an amazing feeling.
I thought that I would tell you how I bake my bagels. It is fair to say that baking bagels isn't difficult but nor is being a mechanic, a plumber or any other profession, you have just got to have an interest in what you want to do. For me it is making people happy.
If you are thinking of baking bagels at home then this is for you.
So the first thing that you need to do is get yourself some flour. Ideally bread flour and if you want it to be anything like mine make sure that you use organic flour. Then you need to mix the flour with some water, salt, yeast and a sweetener. The sweetener can be sugar but I use Malt Extract. Mix the lots together and let it proof for about 30 minutes or until it has doubled in size.
If you have the space and want denser bagels what you could do is not use any yeast but let the bagel proof overnight in a cold place like a fridge. This way the bagels a denser.
Now depending on how much flour you have used it is now time to portion out the dough to shape your bagels. I like consistency so I weigh my portions into either 125 or 130 gram portions.
There are many ways to shape a bagel. Some people like to rip some dough off and wrap it around their hand. Some people like to roll out the dough and then roll it into a tube and wrap that around their hand. There are several ways to shape a bagel, me, I prefer to make a dough ball and then make a hole in the middle and stretch it out into a bagel shape.
Now that you have bagel shaped dough it is time to boil the bagel.
I know, who knew that you had to boil bagels? Well to be honest everyone and anyone who knows anything about bagels knows that a bagel needs to be boiled. The boiling process kills the yeast and adds a chewy texture. If you boil the bagels for too long you can kill all of the yeast. I boil my bagels for 2 minutes which isn't long enough to kill all off all of the yeast so when the bagel goes in the oven they will rise a little more.
Then just bake at 200 degrease centigrade for about 20 minutes and you will have some amazing bagels.