Plain Old Fashioned Bagels

Plain Old Fashioned Bagels
Prep 2 hours
Cook 35 minutes
Serves 8

The thing I love about a good old fashioned plain bagel is what you can then do with the toppings. Once you have a tasty base to start with the choices are endless. 

I like a good savoury bagel with salami, cucumber, tomato, and avocado. You can alos go with a swet topping, i like to reduce down some blueberries and serve on top of cream cheese and lemon curd. 

These store well in an air tight container for 3 days, though mine never last that long

How will you top your bagel? Sweet or savoury? Breakfast lunch or dinner? #datewithmykitchen

Servings

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Ingredients

Amount
Ingredient
3/4
cup
Warm water
2
tsp
Yeast
1/3
cup
Caster Sugar
1
tbsp
Olive oil, to grease
2 1/2
cup
All purpose flour
1/2
tsp
Salt
8
cup
Water
1
tbsp
Milk

Method

1.

Combine water, yeast and 2 tablespoons of caster sugar in a jug. Set aside for 5 minutes or until frothy. Lightly grease large bowl with a small amount of olive oil.

2.

Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Pour the yeast mixture into the well and stir until mixture just comes together. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic. Place in a large oiled bowl using a small amount of oil to lightly cover the top of the dough. Loosely cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 30 minutes or until dough rises by half.

3.

Preheat oven to 200°C/ 180°C fan-forced. Combine extra water and remaining caster sugar in a large saucepan over high heat and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium and bring to a simmer.

4.

Brush an oven tray with some oil. When dough has risen, divide into eight even portions. Roll each portion into a ball. Push a lightly floured finger through middle of ball to create a hole. Flatten ball slightly. Place on oiled tray and set aside for 10 minutes to rise slightly.

5.

Add 4 of the bagels to simmering water; cook for 3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to turn; cook for a further 3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove and return to oiled tray. Repeat with remaining bagels.

6.

Brush milk evenly and very lightly over each bagel. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. 

7.

Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 15 minutes before cutting open.  Enjoy with whichever topping you choose.