Tuesday, October 16, 2012

TWD: Bagels

For this week's installment of Tuesdays with Dorie, the bloggers tackled a delightful bagel recipe that was easy and kind of fun to make.  The dough comes together very easily and then just hangs out in the fridge overnight before being shaped into the traditional bagel shape, boiled in sugared water, and then baked until the crust is crisp and deeply browned.  The most time consuming part was boiling the bagels.  It was a slightly tedious task to perform with the toddler tugging on my pants, chanting: "Bagels...please?"  His favorite snack in the whole entire world is a bagel and as soon as he saw how I was shaping the dough, he knew that some carb-laden goodness was heading his way.

I chose to make half the bagels into "Everything Bagels" by making a topping of sesame seeds, poppy seeds, minced onion, garlic, and kosher salt.  The topping got very, very brown with the long baking time, and I was worried that it would end up tasting burnt.  However, it actually tasted pretty amazing...no residual char whatsoever.

We enjoyed the fresh bagels for breakfast topped with lightly scrambled eggs, crumbled bacon, and melted Cooper cheese.  Nothing beats freshly made bagels for breakfast.

While I did enjoy this recipe immensely, Peter Reinhart's bagel recipe still has my heart.  Those bagels turn out a lot more chewy and have an added depth of flavor that seemed to be missing from these.  However, this is an excellent recipe to use if you are a bit short on time, as the Peter Reinhart recipe requires a bit more "babysitting" of the dough.

If you would like to give these a try, our host Heather has the recipe posted on her blog!


  1. Unfortunately when my kids saw the shape they exclaimed "Donuts!" Yours look great. I'll have to try Reinharts recipe.

  2. What beautiful bagels you have! I've not seen Reinhart's recipe, but after what you said about it, I'm curious to give it a try. A light bagel is nice, but I don't think this one was chewy enough for me.

  3. I too made an "everything" bagel and was concerned about it browning too much. Like yours, they turned out fine. I'm going to give these a try again, but using Peter R's recipe. Nicely done.

  4. I have been looking at Peter reinhart's recipe for a while. Finishing this recipe has given me a "push" to have a go at it.

  5. You're a woman after my heart with the Everything bagel (why do people think they're so scary?). Your bagels look beautiful!

  6. Everything bagels are the most delicious! I must make them again!
    Your bagels look delicious.

  7. Great photos...I agree with you...these were not 'knock my socks off great'...will try your suggestion of Peter Reinhart's bagel recipe.

    Good luck with hosting TWDBWJ in November.


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  8. Carb laden goodness, indeed :-)
    Beatuifully done.