BBA #3: Bagels

by Holly on May 31, 2009

Bagels, baby.  I so dearly love them.  This recipe is fantastic and I can’t wait to try it again and make a sweet version.  The book gives directions for making a sweeter dough to make a cinnamon raisin bagel so I plan to work from that to make my favorite type of bagel – no shocker here – the chocolate chip bagel!
The dough was silky and beautiful to work with.  I am very grateful that I have a KA Pro stand mixer because it got a serious workout with this dough, but it did the job beautifully!  I know my smaller KA wouldn’t have stood a chance.
I made 12 large bagels and topped some with poppy seeds, some with sesame seeds and some with a little sprinkle of kosher salt.  I also left a few plain.  We ate these plain and hubs even took some bagel sandwiches (ham and cheese) to work for his lunches and loved them.
Make sure to visit the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge page to visit the rest of the bakers and see how their bagels turned out!

To my Sweet Melissa Sunday’s peeps – sorry I am missing the challenge today.  I tried to make the pastry cream, which failed miserably and had to be thrown out.  I didn’t even get to make the dough yet, but I do hope to try making the Bee Stings in the future.  Jaime made it through the problems though so you should check out how she did!
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Barbara Bakes May 31, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Those are perfect bagels! I’m going to have to give them a try. It would save me a fortune.

Manggy May 31, 2009 at 5:30 pm

You know, I went to NY and didn’t even have a single bagel? I think they have patrols for that sort of sacrilege! 😛 Maybe I should just drop by a particular house in Utah ey? I’ll bring the cream cheese! :P“`

Tracey May 31, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Your bagels look perfect! I’ve been wanting to make bagels forever and maybe now that they’re popping up all over my favorite blogs I’ll actually get around to it!

Jaime May 31, 2009 at 5:40 pm

those look perfect. i’ve always wanted to try making my own bagels

susies1955 May 31, 2009 at 6:11 pm

These DO look perfect. Awesome.
How long did you boil them for? How about baking………how long? Love your photos,

PheMom May 31, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Thanks all! These were really fun to make.

Susie – I just followed the directions to a T – I boiled the bagels 1 min each side and just baked 5 min at 500 degrees and the next 5 minutes at 450 degrees – I don’t have my book with me, but I think that is what the instructions said. I hope that helps!

susies1955 May 31, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Ok thanks. Mine just didn’t seem to be baked quite enough in my mind and a tad too chewy. I did as the book said too. 🙂
Appreciate it,

Diane Rocha May 31, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Your bagels look perfect! You have inspired me to bake them again. Mine were fine, but they didn’t look like yours! You can see them at:

Thanks for posting these. And good to know about the KA. I made mine in my Artisan, and had to stop it before it burned out the motor. I’m now considering whether to get the KA Pro or the Cuisinart 7 quart one. Any preferences?


What's for Supper? May 31, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Beautiful! Great job. I am going to attempt these next week. I don’t have a KA Pro though. Do you think that cutting the recipe in half would work?

Snooky doodle May 31, 2009 at 8:25 pm

cinnamon raisin is my favorite too. I adore these, pity I don t find them her. But sometimes I make them although they don t come as nice as yours

Shari@Whisk: a food blog June 1, 2009 at 1:18 am

Your bagels look amazing! Very professional looking! Superb job!

Michelle June 1, 2009 at 1:28 am

Your bagels look fantastic, picture perfect! Great job!

LaDue & Crew June 1, 2009 at 5:51 am

Those are the most gorgeous bagels I have ever seen! You are awesome! Speaking of sweet bagels, years ago a little place out here made some with thin slices of orange in them that were to die for…

Kayte June 1, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Those bagels are so fantastic looking…you are such a star when it comes to all this food stuff. Truly, you could be in the bagel business and never have a chance to sit down, they look that good!

pinkstripes June 1, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Your bagels look outstanding. Very beautiful. I’m probably going to make the cinn raisin version next time.

Cindy Feingold June 1, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Beautiful pictures.

My Sister's Kitchen June 1, 2009 at 9:20 pm

I’ll be waiting for the chocolate chip ones ! I really want to try making bagels just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

Di June 6, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Your bagels look fabulous, Holly! Just perfect.

Mermaid Sweets June 6, 2009 at 5:40 pm

They look fabulous, I don't know why, but making my own bagels just scares me. Congrats.

Audrey June 14, 2009 at 11:55 am

They look wonderful! I was amazed that I could make bagels that looked and tasted like bagels…can't wait to make more.

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