Saturday, March 3, 2018

I Don't Want To Get Up Early Fresh Bagels

Making dough can be therapeutic, but sometimes getting up early on the weekend is a bit hard.  The mixing, proofing and resting (of the dough), punching down, forming and waiting again means rising out of bed has to be fairly early.  It is also nice to have a freshly baked family brekkie.   The compromise?  Trader Joe's pizza dough!  Yes, that was the mystery picture in the previous blog, Bagels!

Simple enough.  Open package of the dough.  Divide in half.  Then divide the halves in half again.  You can scale them, but I just opened my tired eyes and judged them by look.

You will make 4 large bagels per package, or 6 mini snack size bagels. 

Form your bagels as shown, on a lined baking tray.  In the meantime, boil water with a pinch of sugar added. Also, preheat the oven to 400 f.   After about 20 minutes of rising time, pick up and gently drop your bagels in the boiling water.  Turn each one over and place them back on the baking tray.

This is when you can add toppings.  It is best to do this while the bagel is still somewhat wet from being in the water.  Trader Joe's helps out again, with a mixture that everybody knows.  Other toppings that are popular are cheese, jalapeno, or onion.  Maybe push the boat way out and do a cheese and jalapeno bagel.  The mind boggles.

We really like a Sunday breakfast of a New York style bagel with lox, cream cheese, capers, and slivered red onion.


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