Make Your Own Assorted Bagels

Dotted with caramelized onions or sprinkled with salt or seeds, bagels are simple to make once you get a hang of the shape. Make ahead and enjoy for breakfast or as a hearty lunch sandwich.
By Pallavi Gupta

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I’ve been dreaming bagels recently. Bagels are not yet popular in India so I had to make them at home.

Making bagels is actually pretty easy. The dough is easy to work with and the bagel shapes easy to make. There are two ways you can shape the bagel – you can make balls of the dough and using your thumb make a hole in the center and shape it or you could roll out the ball into a long log and pinch the edges together to form the bagel shape. You can stuff them, mix in and sprinkle your favorite herbs, spices, fruits and seeds on or in the dough. I stuffed some caramelized onions in two of the bagels and finely chopped raisins in other two. They both tasted delicious and so did the plain ones sprinkled with sesame seeds.

This recipe makes 8 bagels and they can be stored in an airtight box for a few days.

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Make Your Own Assorted Bagels
 
Dotted with caramelized onions or sprinkled with salt or seeds, bagels are simple to make once you get a hang of the shape.
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Recipe Type: Baking, Bread, Breafast
Serves: 8 medium bagels
Ingredients
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ¼ cup. Vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup milk, lukewarm
  • 2 tsp fast action dried yeast
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg + 1 more for egg wash
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • Poppy or sesame seeds, sea salt, or caramelized onions or raisins to sprinkle on the bagel, optional
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl add sugar, milk and yeast. Give it a rough whisk and let it sit till the yeast is activated.
  2. Once the yeast gets frothy, add vegetable oil and 1 egg and roughly whisk the mixture.
  3. Mix salt and flour together. Add the flour one cup at a time to the yeast mixture and start mixing the dough. Once all the flour is incorporated, bring the mixture out on a lightly floured surface and knead the dough for about 5 minutes
  4. Lightly oil a bowl big enough for the dough to rise. Place the dough in the bowl and lightly brush its surface with oil. Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and keep in a warm spot for 2 hours or till the dough is double in size.
  5. After the dough rises, transfer it onto the kitchen counter and punch it down lightly to knock out the air.
  6. Divide the dough into 8 equal parts and roll them out into a log. Pinch the ends together to form a bagel shape.
  7. Repeat with the rest of the dough and let the bagels rest covered with a towel for 15 minutes.
  8. Boil water in a deep pan filled halfway through. Once the water starts boiling, turn the heat on low to keep the water simmering.
  9. Drop one bagel at a time into the simmering water and cook for 30 seconds on each side. Place them on a baking tray.
  10. Brush the bagels with egg wash and sprinkle sesame seeds on them.
  11. Bake the bagels for 15 to 20 minutes at 400 F in a preheated oven. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

 

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Pallavi Gupta

Pallavi Gupta

Pallavi is a vegetarian globetrotter, who currently lives in the southern part of India. Past ten years of her life includes living in six cities in three different countries. It has added to her vast exposure of cuisines from different parts of the world which is now reflected in her cooking. She shares her knowledge of vegetarian and vegan recipe from around the world via her blog Veggie Zest. When not cooking or photographing, she does graphic design.

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