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What’s your idea of good comfort food? Mac n cheese? Chicken soup? Chocolate Chip Cookies? Anything chocolate?
Well for me, bagels are comfort food.
I think it goes back to all the brunches in my youth when cream cheese, bagels and lox were served. It was a great way to have a meal that was delicious and festive but easy enough for the hostess to relax too.
Step by Step Directions
Of course, making the bagels from scratch is actually work. But it’s much easier than you’d think.
The boiling is done in water mixed with baking soda which helps them brown nicely as they bake. If you are interested in the science check out this NPR analysis. I use an electric frying pan but a large deep skillet or Dutch oven should work.
After boiling, you top the damp bagels with dried chopped onion, which gives them a big punch of flavor and professional appearance.
Then you bake and cool the bagels.
Happily, this onion bagel recipe turned out beautiful and delicious the first time I tried. So then my next thought was all of the other flavors I could try.
Combine the warm water, yeast and sugar and let stand for 5 minutes, or until foamy. Allow to cool at least 5 minutes before serving. Nutrition data accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.
Combine the salt, flour and onion powder, then add to the water and yeast mixture. Mix and adjust flour or water if needed to make a dough that is just slightly sticky. Knead the dough until it “pushes back”, 5-10 minutes.
Put the dough in a bowl at least double its size and top with a wet cloth. Let the dough rise for about an hour until it has doubled in size.
Punch down the dough and divide into 6 pieces. Form each into a ball and poke your thumb through the center to make a bagel shape. Set the bagels in a warm place to rise about 15 minutes.
Line a baking sheet with parchment or spray with non-stick spray.
Add the baking soda and enough water to a tall frying pan or saucepan that is deep enough to float the bagels. Bring to a boil.
Set the bagels in the boiling water, 2-3 at a time and boil for 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove the bagels with a slotted spoon, drain them on a towel, and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with dried mined onion. Bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes until golden and cooked through.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 207Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3052mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g
Combine the warm water, yeast and sugar and let stand for 5 minutes, or until foamy.
Allow to cool at least 5 minutes before serving.
Nutrition data accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.
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