March 28, 2011

Five Hour Bagels

Five Hour Bagels




I pulled the dough from the hook. While every fiber of my being told me I should let the dough sit for some time, to relax, I just couldn't wait.

I pulled out the calculator and kitchen scale. Divided the dough into six semi-equal pieces, and called on some forearm strength.

To me it felt like prepping for pizza. I formed a neat little ball and then rolled out a snake. It wasn't very forgiving or yielding, the first three, but by the sixth ball the dough had finally relaxed.

I rolled, pinched and stretched. They look like uncooked bagels, I thought.

One by one, each ring of dough was placed, slid around, and flipped on lightly greased parchment. A layer of plastic wrap, and I was ready to find a warm spot for rising.

The front window, I thought.

Three hours later the oven was preheating and I was boiling bagels. Roberto kept watch.

And into the oven.

10 minutes.

Rotate tray.

12 minutes more.

They look like bagels, I thought.

By 1:30, we were enjoying freshly made bagels.

"Tastes like a bagel to me." I said.

"Good job." Roberto said.


  1. They look fantastic! I was reading about making bagels this weekend, I am very tempted and you may have just made up my mind.

  2. Yay! Very Good Job.
    I have never made bagels before,
    they look like they would be fun to try...

  3. I am truly really absolutely impressed! Excellent!

  4. Those are SO gorgeous, Tracy! I have a big ol' smile just looking at your pictures. There's something about homemade bread that makes my heart sing. :-)

  5. Congratulations Tracy, these look amazing and oh how I'd love one with cream cheese right now. I know that feeling of impatience when cooking but well done for your perseverance.

  6. Kath - This is the recipe that's been floating around the food blogs recently. It's very easy to do. I know you can do it!

    nancy - I am shocked that you have never made bagels :)

    kenza - Thank you :)

    Tart - I'm glad it made you smile :) I love making bread. I'm not sure why I don't do it more often...

    EV - Impatience is a virtue ;)

  7. Congratulations. I'm inspired to do this (one day!) you would think I would have gotten on the bagel bandwagon years ago from living in countries where they cannot be found. I swear I will as soon as...well, as soon as i stop kvetching and do it!

  8. Denise - Thanks!

    Nicole - It's hard to get up the motivation, but once you realize how easy they can be you'll be kicking yourself for not trying sooner :)

    Michele - It was almost too easy...


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