BBA Challenge #3: Bagels

I was debating whether or not to post this challenge. I already made bagels a while ago for the blog. These bagels didn’t come out as planned, so I was a bit embarassed to post them. Alas, this is the Bread Baker’s challenge. Not all recipes will come out as intended. The challenge is to create and share. As far as the flop, I know where I flopped. I overproofed and underglutenized the dough. This flop should not happen again. The bagels didn’t taste bad – they just weren’t right.

This bagel recipe is quite different and a bit more complex than what I posted a month or so ago. This bagel is intended to be a two-day adventure. You start the process in the early evening hours, and finish up in time for breakfast the next morning.

You start with a sponge made up of high gluten flour, yeast, and water. The sponge will grow and grow, and keep growing until it’s ready to be used.

You then mix up the rest of the ingredients, including the special barley malt syrup. This dough should get stiff.

You must knead the dough well. Helps the dough and helps you get a good workout at the same time.

Divide the dough into 4oz. balls of dough for the bagels and let them rest a bit.

Poke the holes in the bagels and let them rest a bit, but not too long, so as not to overproof.

Do a “float test” on the bagel. You are checking to see if the bagels are ready to go to sleep in the fridge for the night. If they float, you cover the formed raw bagels and stick them in the fridge. Clean up a bit and go to sleep.

In the morning, you are ready to get going again. Get your oven preheated, and the pot of water with malt syrup and/or baking soda added, ready to boil your bagels. While you wait on the oven and the water, have some coffee.

Boil the bagels for 1-2 minutes per side, then add your toppings, and then in to the oven they go for 10 minutes.

Let them rest for a bit to cool down. Enjoy!

Stay tuned for BBA#4 – Project Brioche

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  1. I love how golden brown yours got. (The picture of the coffee pot was a nice touch, too.) Nice job!

  2. Yes, like the other commenter wrote, yours are nicely golden brown. I don’t think I baked mine long enough.
    Great job.
    Coffee looks great too. 🙂

  3. these look great! love the title of your blog… exactly the way we feel.

  4. Looks like a lot of work, but the end result is picture perfect and delectable I’m sure. Love the step by step photos too. I hope you wouldn’t mind having our Foodista readers directed to your blog. All you have to do is add your choice of widget to this post and you’re all set!

  5. The instructions are great. Is there an ingredient list as well? I would love to make bagels at home.

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