I love bagels so much! One of my favorite things do do on the weekends is going out to breakfast at my favorite bagel shop. When I went to Tonga, I missed my favorite breakfast food (bagels are impossible to find there), so I decided to try my hand at making my own. I was pretty intimidated at first, but it turns out they’re really easy to make and sooooo delicious!
Today, I’ll show you how to make your own bagels…
Put your water (lukewarm- not too hot or it will kill the yeast) in a plastic or glass bowl with about a tablespoon of sugar mixed in, and then pour your yeast in. Mix it in as best you can with a wooden or plastic utensil and then leave it for a few minutes. Meanwhile, mix your other dry ingredients (flour, salt, and sugar) together in your mixer (or just a large bowl).
Note: This was actually the first time I made these using an electric mixer (I didn’t have access to one in Tonga, of course). While mixing a kneading the dough manually is certainly do-able, and a great arm workout at that, I was loving how simple and mess-free the mixer made everything. Love you Kitchenaid!
This is what your yeast/sugar/water combo will start to look like after a few minutes- I should have used a bigger bowl!
The dough is done when it’s uniform in texture, and all of the dry ingredients are mixed in. It should be sticky, but not messy.
Place the dough in a large bowl and let the dough rise for about an hour (or until it roughly doubles in size).
To shape bagels, grab a large handful of dough, roll it into a “snake” shape, and then knead the ends together to form a circle.