Introduction: Homemade Bagels

About: An Italian living in China with a passion for cooking. I grew up in a picturesque town called Lecce nestled on the “heel of the boot”, Italy’s southern tip, between the Adriatic and Ionian se…
Bagel is a bread product shaped by hand into the form of a ring.

The first time I had a bagel was back in San Francisco and I just loved it, since I love bread product in general, lol. The other day I was at IKEA in the grocery section and they had a special promotion for Swedish smoked salmon so my bf suggested to buy some and eat it with cream cheese and bagel, just like we did in the States. So I went back home and I started preparing my little ring bread.

Making bagel is similar to making Priztel, the dough is first boiled for a short time in water and then baked. The result is a dense, chewy, doughy interior with a browned and sometimes crisp exterior. Once they cool down you can put them in a zip lock bag and they will last for days

Step 1: Ingredients

(for about 5 bagels):
  • 2 cups bread flour (250 g)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2/3 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp instant yeast
  • less than 1 cup of warm water
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil

Step 2: Step One: Mix the Ingredients and Kneat the Dough

Mix all the ingredients together
Knead the dough for about ten minutes, or until it  is uniform and smooth

Step 3: Step 2: Cut It!

Cut the dough into 4-5 equal sized balls, and let rest for 10-20 minutes

Step 4: Step 3: Ring It Up!

Now, take each of the dough balls and using two hands, roll it into a little snake on the counter. When the snake is longer than the width of your two hands, wrap it around your dominant roiling hand. The dough rope should be wrapped so the overlapping ends are together at your palm, near the start of your fingers. Now take the two overlapping ends, and use your palm to squish/roll these two ends together. Once the dough is fused, you should have a perfectly circular bagel

Let your bagels rest on the counter for about 20 minutes, and meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil

Step 5: Step 4: Boil It!

Boil for about a minute, then turn them over and boil for an other minute

Step 6: Step 5: Bake It!

Take them out a let dry for a minute. Then bake them in preheat oven at 200 C for about 10 min, then flip the bagel over and keep baking for other 10 min.
Let them cool down then cut them in half and spread some cream cheese and add some slides of smoked salmon.