Friday, November 4, 2011

Bagels



These are really good with vegetable garden cream cheese or plain cream cheese and jam. The trick is to not let them rise at all and to make sure that you add more water as it boils down; otherwise they taste like baking soda. This dough also works amazingly well for calzones or bagel pizzas. Yum!

Bagels

4 ½ c. EGF All-Purpose Flour
1 Tbs. sugar
2 tsp. salt
¾ tsp. xanthan gum
1 ½ tsp. yeast
1 ½ c. warm water 1 tsp. rice vinegar
¾ c. Best Foods mayonnaise

10 c. boiling water
½ c. baking soda
2 large egg yolks, beaten

Preheat oven to 425°.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, and xanthan gum; mix well. Add yeast to the top of the dry ingredients, but don’t mix in.

Pour warm water on top of the yeast and let it sit for 30 seconds. Mix on low speed until blended. Add vinegar and mayonnaise. Beat for 2–3 minutes on high speed.

Roll dough into snake-like forms, connecting the ends to form a thick bagel-shaped circle.

In a large pan, boil water and baking soda. Immediately place shaped dough in boiling water for 30 seconds, then remove it and place it on a greased cookie sheet. Brush with beaten egg yolk.

Place bagels in preheated oven and bake for 12 minutes. Store in a Ziploc bag in your fridge or freezer. Reheat individually in the microwave for 20 seconds.

Variations: Add ½ c. blueberries or ¼ c. ground sundried tomatoes to the dough before baking, or try sprinkling cinnamon and sugar on the bagels once they are baked, or topping them with grated cheese.

Happy Cooking!

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