Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bagels—Tuesdays With Dorie—Baking With Julia

Bagels

Sure had fun with the Tuesdays With Dorie--Baking With Julia recipe this week.  We made bagels!  I had never made bagels before.  It turned out to be quite the process! 

First, I made the dough (half recipe, made with bread flour and no pepper as mentioned optional in the dough) late a couple nights ago and after letting it rise on the counter for an hour, it did its time in the refrigerator for the night. 

The next morning, I read through the whole recipe, got everything ready and started making five perfect and delicious bagels.   Though it was quite the process to get to a finished bagel, none of it was hard to do.  The bagels were formed and ready for a short time in a boiling water bath.

unbaked bagels

Each bagel spent about two minutes in the water.  The oven was preheating to super hot with my pizza stone in it.  Some ice water was ready to throw in the bottom of the oven after setting the bagels on the pizza stone.  It all went really well.

TWD--Bagels 10-15-12

I didn’t really want savory bagels, so I sprinkled two of them with some cinnamon-sugar—

Cinnamon Sugar Bagels 10-15-12

two of them were topped with a little sea salt—

Sea Salt Bagels 10-15-12

and one was left plain.

Plain Bagel

These turned out nicely crisp/chewy on the outside and not to heavy/dense on the inside, they were perfectly bagel-y.

Homemade Bagels

Kevin ate one of the salted bagels.

Bagels 2

I had some yummy fun with the cinnamon bagel by dousing it in some cinnamon-sugar melted butter.

Cinnamon Sugar Butter

And then because I couldn’t go a week without chocolate somewhere it just only seemed right to add a little chocolate to the plain bagel to the tune of some Nutella. 

Nutella Bagel

I was thinking there’s no way I’d ever go through all it took to make bagels again, but they are good and it really wasn’t that bad.  I think it would be fun to try them again with some other flavors.  The boys (including Kevin) all whined that they only like blueberry bagels—sounds like a challenge to me and now I know where to turn for a great bagel recipe.

If you’d like the recipe, Heather from Heather Bytes is hosting this week and she’s posted the recipe.  You know, if you’re one of the few who don’t have Dorie Greenspan’s Baking With Julia in your cookbook collection. ;)

21 comments:

Sue Alexander said...

oh my word why have I not thought of putting Nutella on a bagel before! It looks great and the fact they are home made, awesome:)

Dawn said...

Nutella...!!!!! *drool*

Your bagels look delicious! I had a great time with the recipe too. :)

Renee Goerger said...

Oh my, oh my! These look so perfect Katrina. I've always wanted to make bagels but never have. You've inspired me to get going with it.

Jennifer said...

Those look REALLY good. Have you ever made homemade pretzels? I've followed Alton Brown's recipe (I think..) and they follow a similar process, of boiling then baking. (No ice water involved, though.) They are soooo good. Chewy with a great flavor and texture.

smarkies said...

Never thought about a cinnamon sugar bagel. Will try that the next time I try out the recipe. :)

Heather said...

I really wish I'd tried a sweet one, yours all look amazing! Thank you for baking along! :D

Sara said...

Nutella on bagels = genius! I haven't done that since I was in college, so nostalgic! I usually don't allow myself to buy Nutella, but I just might have to make an exception for once. Nice bagels!

Sara said...

Nutella on bagels = genius! I haven't done that since I was in college, so nostalgic! I usually don't allow myself to buy Nutella, but I just might have to make an exception for once. Nice bagels!

Sara said...

Nutella on bagels = genius! I haven't done that since I was in college, so nostalgic! I usually don't allow myself to buy Nutella, but I just might have to make an exception for once. Nice bagels!

Sara said...

Nutella on bagels = genius! I haven't done that since I was in college, so nostalgic! I usually don't allow myself to buy Nutella, but I just might have to make an exception for once. Nice bagels!

Sara said...

I am so so SO sorry for the multiple comments! I have no idea how I managed to do that! *blush* Sorry!

Cher Rockwell said...

You had me at Nutella :-)
Great job

Katrina said...

Jennifer--I have made pretzels a few times, with the boiling water and all, but not Alton's recipe and they never seemed to turn out all that well. I should try his recipe.

Veronica Miller said...

Katerina, I bow down to your bagel skillz! I tried it once and they ended up lookin partially digested. Yours, however, are PERFECT!

loavesandstitches said...

Very nice, beautiful bagels! Yum, nutella. Everything is better with nutella!

Cathleen said...

Everyone of your bagels look fabulous!

Jodie said...

They all look and sounds delicious Katrina!

Sweet and That's it said...

Katrina, thank you for welcoming us with such a gorgeous bagels picture. I love them all, but the first one is wonderful! Wow!
They are so inviting!

Jules Someone said...

Those look amazing! Blueberry bagels? I need to talk to those boys...

Jules Someone said...

Those look amazing! Blueberry bagels? I need to talk to those boys...

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

I love bagels, I really must try making these, they look almost perfect! But, shortening. You think butter would work?