Everything Bagel – You’re Welcome in Advance
I’ve been going through what some would call a “transitional period” of my life. I don’t know what my future holds even three months down the line and that is scary – believe you me.
Because of this, I have diagnosed, I felt this intense desire to be homemaker-esque over the weekend and try my hand at something I very rarely do: Baking.
I am obsessed with the everything bagel. I don’t care who you are or where you’re from, if you have any sense you will recognize that it is the most superior of all the bagels. So here is the recipe for the bagels, which turned out (let me try and be humble here …) AWESOME!
This recipe is courtesy of Brown Eyed Baker:
For the first step:
1 teaspoon instant yeast
4 cups (18 ounces) high-gluten or bread flour
2½ cups water, at room temperature
To complete the dough:
½ teaspoon instant yeast
3¾ cups (17 ounces) high-gluten or bread flour
2¾ teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons malt powder OR 1 tablespoon dark or light malt syrup, honey, or brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 teaspoon water
Homemade Everything Bagel Topping:
1 teaspoons poppy seeds
1 teaspoons sesame seeds
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 teaspoons dried garlic (minced or flaked)
1 teaspoons dried onion (minced or chopped)
1 teaspoons kosher salt (or other coarse salt)
1. To make the first step of the dough, stir the yeast into the flour in a 4-quart mixing bowl. Add the water, whisking or stirring only until it forms a smooth, sticky batter (like pancake batter). Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave at room temperature for approximately 2 hours, or until the mixture becomes very foamy and bubbly. It should swell to nearly double in size and collapse when the bowl is tapped on the countertop.
2. To make the dough, in the same mixing bowl (or in the bowl of an electric mixer), add the additional yeast to the sponge and stir. Then add 3 cups of the flour and all of the salt and malt. Stir (or mix on low speeds with the dough hook) until the ingredients form a ball, slowly working in the remaining ¾ cup flour to stiffen the dough.
3. Transfer the dough to the counter and knead for at least 10 minutes. The dough should be firm, but still pliable and smooth. There should be no raw flour – all the ingredients should be hydrated. If the dough seems dry and rips, add a few drops of water and continue kneading. If the dough seems tacky or sticky, add more flour to achieve the stiffness required. The kneaded dough should feels satiny and pliable but not be tacky.
4. Divide the dough into 12 pieces for standard bagels, or 24 pieces if you are making mini bagels. Form the pieces into rolls.
5. Cover the rolls with a damp towel and allow them to rest for approximately 20 minutes.
6. Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper and mist lightly with spray oil. Proceed with shaping the bagels by pushing a hole through the center of the roll with your thumb and stretching out the hole to 2 ½ inches in diameter, making sure that the resulting ring has a fairly even thickness all around.
7. Place each of the shaped pieces 2 inches apart on the pan. Mist the bagels very lightly with the spray oil and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let the pans sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes.
8. Check to see if the bagels are ready by using the “float test”. Fill a small bowl with cool or room-temperature water. The bagels are ready when they float within 10 seconds of being dropped into the water. Take one bagel and test it. if it floats, immediately return the tester bagel to the pan, pat it dry, cover the pan, and place it in the refrigerator overnight (it can stay in the refrigerator for up to 2 days). If the bagel does not float, return it to the pan and continue to proof the dough at room temperature, checking back every 10 to 20 minutes or so until a tester floats. The time needed to accomplish the float will vary, depending on the ambient temperature and the stiffness of the dough.
9. The following day (or when you are ready to bake the bagels), preheat the oven to 450 degrees F with the two racks set in the middle of the oven. Bring a large pot of water to a boil (the wider the pot the better), and add the baking soda. Have a slotted spoon or skimmer nearby.
10. For Homemade Everything Bagel Topping, combine: poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dried garlic, dried onion and kosher salt. This makes enough topping for 12 large bagels or 24 mini bagels.
11. Remove the bagels from the refrigerator and gently drop them into the water, boiling only as many comfortably fit (they should float within 10 seconds). After 1 minute flip them over and boil another minute. If you like very chewy bagels, you can extend the boiling to 2 minutes per side. As soon as the bagels come out of the water, paint them with you egg wash (one egg combined with 1 teaspoon of water) then top them with the Everything Bagel mixture.
12. When all the bagels have been boiled, place the pans on the 2 middle shelves in the oven and bake for approximately 11 minutes or until golden brown.
13. Remove the pans from the oven and let the bagels cool on a rack for 15 minutes or longer before serving.