How to Make Bagels in a Bread Machine?
Bagels taste great at any time of the day or night and can be made in a variety of different ways. So next time you’re craving a bagel, why not use your trusty bread machine. Bread machines these days aren’t only used to make bread but also a variety of dishes, cakes, doughs and desserts.
Bread machines are making life in the kitchen much easier than it has ever been before, giving you that homemade taste and great baking smell without all of the hassle. To make these delicious quick and easy bagels with your bread machine, follow this simple recipe. You can custom create any topping that you like and add nuts or poppy seeds.
If you haven't tried to make bagels in a bread machine before you might be surprised to learn that one of the steps in making the bagels is to boil them in water after the bagels have been shaped and risen. The boiling step is what gives the bagels their glazed sheen and chewy taste.
The humble bagel is believed to have originated in Poland as early as the 16th century. The hole in the center of the bagel isn’t just for show—it actually helps with the baking process. In the olden days a wooden dowel was sometime inserted through bagels to transport them easily and display them in the bakery.
The first bagels were plain; poppy seeds and sesame seeds were added later. Bagels can be customized with any topping of your choice. Some nice varieties include sprinkling your bagel with sea salt, onions, bacon or garlic.
Those who are more health conscious can easily incorporate fruits and nuts into the dough or add them as a topping. To make the best bagels you will need to use a high-gluten flour such as bread flour. For a sweetener you could use honey, sugar or syrup.
Tips for making the best-tasting bagels
- Moisture is your friend. Wetter dough means crispier bagels. Though you might not expect it, the higher the water content of your dough, the crispier your bagels will become.
- Let your active yeast chill. Those small granules of yeast need to work hard to let your bagels rise, so you need to be kind to your yeast and let it rest before you add it to the water. Don’t whisk your yeast but rather let it sit in the water surface for at least 3 minutes and let the yeast do its thing before you move onto the next step.
- Embrace the gluten. Bagels need to be pulled, stretched and rolled to be able to manipulate the dough, so much it needs to be very elastic. Without gluten the dough will have very little elasticity.
- Add flavoring after proofing. The best time to add flavors to your dough is once the dough has been left to proof. You can add cinnamon-raisin, blueberries, honey, sun-dried tomato or any other toppings.
Perfect Bagels in Your Bread Machine
- Prep time: 30 minutes
- Cooking time 3hours 25minutes
- Ready in 3 hours 55 minutes
You will need the following ingredients:
- 1 cup of warm water
- 1 ½ teaspoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 3 cups of bread flour
- 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
- 3 cups of bread flour
- 12 cups of water
- 3 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 Tablespoon cornmeal
- 1 egg white
- 3 tablespoons of poppy seeds (optional)
- Start by placing the water, salt, flour and yeast into the bread machine in that order. Then select the dough setting on your bread machine.
- In a pot, bring 12 cups of water to the boil on the stove then stir in 3 tablespoons of sugar
- Let the cycle on the bread machine run to completion. Lightly dust a surface with flour then place dough there to rest.
- Once the dough has rested, cut the dough into 9 equal size pieces. Then roll each piece into a small ball. Flatten the balls then poke a hole in the middle of each ball with your thumb. Twirl the dough on your finger or on your thumb until the hole is large enough. Cover bagels with a clean cloth then let them ret for 10 minutes.
- Sprinkle an ungreased baking sheet with cornmeal. Then carefully transfer your bagels to the boiling water. Boil each bagel for 1 minute. Make sure to turn them half way.
- Drain briefly on a clean towel.
- Arrange the boiled bagels on a baking sheet. Then glaze the tops of the bagels with egg white and sprinkle with your choice of toppings. Finally, bake the bagels in a preheated oven at 190 Celsius for 20 to 25 minutes or until brown. Take them out of the oven and enjoy.
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