I have always wanted to try my hand at making bagels. This was the first recipe I tried. After tasting them, I have never tried another bagel recipe! πŸ™‚ I have added different toppings and even added some berries. Anyway, when I make them, I never make enough.

Don’t let this fool you with the lengthy instructions, they really are very simple to make. Now get to it. You will thank me later!

4 C. lukewarm water

4 TBSP. yeast

1 C. brown sugar (packed)

4 tsp. salt

2 TBSP. cinnamon

10 C. flour

Combine the water and yeast together, let sit for 2 minutes. Then add in the brown sugar. Allow yeast to foam(about 10 minutes). Transfer mixture to a mixer bowl. Add in salt, cinnamon and flour. Allow to mix on high for 10 minutes. Remove from bowl onto a greased counter top.

Form into 9 to 12 balls. Allow them to rise for 15 minutes. Using your thumb, poke a hole into the center of each ball. Stretch out a bit and cover and let rise for another 10 to 15 minutes.

While the dough is rising, bring a few quarts of water to a boil, with 3 TBSP of sugar dissolved in it.

Now drop about 3 to 4 bagels into the boiling water. Let cook on each side for 40 seconds. Remove from water and drain on a cloth. (DO NOT use paper towels!) Transfer to a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or a silpat. Next, beat 2 eggs with 2 tsp. water. Brush the egg wash onto each bagel. Then add your desired topping. My family’s favorite is cinn./sugar sprinkled on top.

Preheat oven to 400.

Bake each sheet for 10 minutes. Let cool on wire rack.

*These also freeze very well!*

Come back and let me know what toppings are your favorite to add.

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