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Although it’s easy to buy bagels when grocery shopping we tend to enjoy homemade bagels the best.
Simple Plain Bagels Recipe
Yes, I know you are thinking, she even makes bagels and I indeed do.
I try to make as much homemade food as I can for my family instead of having to rush in and purchase convenience items just so they can enjoy something they love.
My family doesn’t complain about the homemade cookies, cakes, and delicious meals that come out of our kitchen.
I hope one day they can teach their children the art of following a recipe, basic ingredients, cooking, and baking techniques which I share with my little helpers.
With the rising costs of everyday food items, I can cut my grocery budget and save when I bake at home.
If I can make it, I’ll give it a go.
Bagels are expensive and for just six in a packet, the price can hit upwards of $3.00 or more so it’s a gourmet item.
Bagels Are A Luxury Grocery Item
I’ll show you how to make bagels at home so you don’t have to wish you could afford such a luxury item.
I’ve been able to double the number of bagels for the price you pay at the grocery store.
With this simple recipe, you can put the savings towards something else on your grocery list.
These homemade bagels freeze well just like the bagged version at the grocery store.
Most importantly, you know exactly what ingredients are going into the recipe.
How To Make Gourmet Bagels
Bagels are made with yeast dough that is shaped into a ring similar to a donut.
Calories will range depending on what ingredients you add.
Also, the size is important however, a typical plain 100-gram bagel has about 250 calories.
If you’re watching your carbohydrates keep in mind bagels are high-carb so enjoy one as a treat once in a while.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for a keto or low-carb version that is gluten-free try Mrs. CBB’s Gourmet Styel Keto Bagels recipe.
Bagels Are Not Just Baked In The Oven
If you thought that bagels were simply baked in the oven you are mistaken.
Bagels are first submerged in hot boiling water to help them cook from the inside out.
Then brushed with an egg wash and your favorite seasoning if any.
You then bake them in the oven until golden brown, it’s that simple.
I made garlic salt and rosemary bagels but you could include blueberries, chilies, and even a hot Jalapeno, and cheddar.
The most popular filling is bagels and cream cheese but nothing is stopping you from adding what you like.
You can stuff a bagel sandwich with whatever you want including breakfast bagels with egg, ham, cheese, sausage, etc.
Bagel combinations are endless and there’s no reason you can’t make the commercial flavors that are your favorite.
What I love about baking and cooking, is the endless ways you can use seasonal, everyday produce.
How To Make Plain Bagels
Bagels require high-protein flour so it’s best to use bread flour to get the best chewy texture.
- Cuisine: Bread/Grains
- Author: Nicola Don
- Prep time: 1 hour 40 mins
- Cook time: 20 mins
- Total time: 2 hours
- Serves: 12
If you love a bagel you will learn just how easy it is to make them at home and save you some money in your grocery budget.
With plain bagels, you can add flavors or seasonings to customize to your taste.
- 3 teaspoons (10g) dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon caster sugar
- 1/2 cup (125ml) warm water
- 1 cup (250ml) warm milk
- 3 cups (450g) plain bread flour
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon caster sugar, extra
- 1 egg yolk
- toppings – garlic salt, chili, sea salt, Rosemary, poppy seeds, and sea salt.
- Combine yeast, sugar, water, and milk in a large bowl and whisk until dissolved. Cover and stand in a warm place for around 10 minutes or until the mixture is frothy.
- Stir in sifted flour, salt, and extra sugar into yeast mixture in two batches, then mix to a firm dough.
- Turn dough onto a floured surface, and knead for about 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic.
- Place dough into a large greased bowl, cover stand in a warm place for about 1hr or until the dough has doubled in size.
Once The Dough Has Risen
- Turn dough onto a floured surface, and knead until smooth.
- Divide dough into 12 portions. Knead each portion into a ball.
- Press your finger in center of each ball to make a hole about one-third of the size of the bagel.
- Place each bagel on a baking tray about 3cm apart on greased oven trays cover and set aside in a warm place for 15 mins or until risen.
- Drop bagels individually into a pan of boiling water ensuring that they do not touch. My pan was just big enough to hold three at one go.
- Turn bagels after 1min, then with a slotted spoon remove and place on greased oven trays or parchment paper.
- Pre-heat Oven Temp: 200oC
- Brush the tops of the bagels with your choice of topping (mine was garlic salt and the other rosemary). You can just leave them plain or mix in some blueberries into the yeast/flour mix.
- Bake in a moderately hot oven for about 20 mins or just until they turn light brown in colour.
- Cool on wire racks and serve.
Now you know how easy it is to make a bagel and serve them warm with your favourite toppings instead of buying them at the grocery store.
I bet you didn’t think making a bagel was so simple.
Discussion: What is your favourite type of bagel and what do you like to put on it?