As folks say in Avilton>>>
That there👇🏼 is a bagel. And a mighty fine, simple-to-make, top-of-the-line, New York-Style everything bagel. Shwew. Too many hyphens.
Thanks to Alivia Absher, I have been bageling for a bit and I find it to be rather enjoyable. And I’m sure you will, too. Because these babies are a cinch to make, I tell ya!
First, you will need to get on Amazon and buy the Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning. I bought the 4-pack, which comes with a handy spreader in a little gift box with shredded paper. The seasoning is a perfect blend of flavors – none of them are overpowering and it has just the perfect amount of kick. Making a sammich or a bagel pizza on one of these bagels takes the flavor to a whole new dimension of tastiness.
I also use high gluten bread flour for this recipe, so if you don’t have any, you’ll need it too.
And even plain Jane, they’re still gorgeous!!! And deeeelish!
Just imagine these fresh and tasty bagels topped with infinite numbers of savory sammie fixins, the standard cream cheese, or without the seasoning to finish with sweets! Like my Strawberry Lemon Preserves and cream cheese or Amish butter or whipped cinnamon honey Amish butter!!!
Some of these photos were taken even after day 3 of baking, so don’t worry about having a bunch, they hold up very well and I’m sure they will freeze like a dream. It would be a great idea to freeze a batch and toast them in the mornings when we’re rushed!
I hope I’ll be able to make these before we go camping again next weekend. . . sweet or savory – these bagels are amazing!!!😍
And if you make these, please please please hashtag #fourmileridge or tag me in your photos! I can’t wait to see! 👀
Toss all the dry ingredients into a mixer bowl and add the wet, let the mixer do ALL the work!
- Measure and place the dry ingredients (except for the Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning) into the bowl of a stand mixer reserving about 1/4 cup of the flour: instant dry yeast, sugar, salt and flour.
- Mix the dry ingredients using the dough hook.
- Crack and lightly beat an egg - add to the dry ingredients with the mixer stopped.
- Begin adding the very warm water to the dry ingredients and egg.
- Give the mixer a few minutes to work the flour mixture and water together, then add flour a Tablespoon at a time until the dough cleans the bowl. I needed to add 1 Tbs. additional flour.
- Let the mixer knead the dough for about 7 -8 minutes, meanwhile, oil or spray a large bowl with nonstick cooking spray or EVOO.
- Shape the dough into a ball using your hands and place into the bowl, flipping to coat.
- Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for an hour in a warm draft free environment (if the top or nearby a preheating oven isn't too hot, that works well).
- Line 4 half-sheet baking pans with parchment or silicon baking sheets.
- Put on a large pot of water to boil.
- Beat the other, extra egg, lightly, for an egg wash.
- Punch the dough down, then allow it to rise again for 1o minutes and preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Punch the dough down again, then begin pinching of chunks of dough about the size of uncooked dinner rolls. Each bagel is about a palmful of dough. Shape each piece of dough into a ball using a rolling method on the counter or just using your hands.
- Place them on the baking sheets, 6 per pan with plenty of space in between.
- Allow the dough balls to rise until all the dough is separated - I got 25. Work quickly.
- Go back to the first dough balls, stick your finger in some extra flour and poke a hole in the middle of each dough ball, using your hands to stretch the dough slightly. Cover each pan of bagels with warm, wet paper towels and let rise again, just until all of the bagels have holes.
- Drop the bagels into the boiling water and use a slotted spoon or turner to flip after 1 - 2 minutes or so on each side. Longer cooking time in the boiling water results in a more chewy, New York-Style bagel.
- Return boiled bagels to the baking sheet and brush with the other lightly beaten egg. Top with Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning and bake about 20 minutes until golden brown in a 425 degree oven.
- Cool on a wire rack.