Incredible Homemade Bagels: You’ll Never Buy Store-Bought Again



Incredible Homemade Bagels: You’ll Never Buy Store-Bought Again

When it comes to comfort food, there’s nothing quite like a warm, freshly baked bagel. The aroma that fills your kitchen as they bake is simply irresistible, and the taste is even better. Once you’ve made these incredible homemade bagels, you’ll never want to go back to store-bought ones again.

Ingredients

  • 3 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons of active dry yeast
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups of warm water
  • 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)
  • Optional toppings: sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sea salt, or everything bagel seasoning

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the warm water, sugar, and yeast. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  2. Add the flour and salt to the yeast mixture, and mix until a dough forms.
  3. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  4. Divide the dough into 8 equal portions and shape each into a bagel by poking a hole in the center and stretching it out slightly.
  5. Place the shaped bagels on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cover with a clean kitchen towel, and let them rise for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  7. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and carefully add the bagels. Boil each bagel for about 1-2 minutes per side.
  8. Transfer the boiled bagels back to the baking sheet, brush with the beaten egg, and sprinkle your choice of toppings.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until the bagels are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  10. Allow the bagels to cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 8 bagels

These incredible homemade bagels are a labor of love, but the results are more than worth it. They’re chewy on the outside, soft on the inside, and packed with that classic bagel flavor. Whether you enjoy them with cream cheese, smoked salmon, or as a breakfast sandwich, you’ll savor every bite. Plus, the satisfaction of making your own bagels from scratch is unbeatable.

Nutrition Information (per bagel):

Calories: 260kcal, Carbohydrates: 51g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 1g, Sodium: 355mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g

So, roll up your sleeves, put on your apron, and get ready to bake the best bagels of your life. Once you’ve experienced the joy of homemade bagels, you’ll never settle for store-bought again. Share this recipe with your friends and family, and let them in on the delicious secret!

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