Home Made Bagels

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Since watching the Great British Bake Off, I remembered how much I used to bake! It was at least once a week, though now-a-days most of my time is consumed by the demands that are art college, I think I can spare an hour (or four) each week to do some baking again. Starting with BAGELS!

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Ingredients

  • 7g fast acton dried yeast sachet
  • 500g strong white flour, plus a little (I mean tiny) extra for shaping
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • tsp salt
  • Some oil for greasing, fri light will do
  • 1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 egg white to glaze
  • Seeds for topping (I used a tesco seed mix, because I like sunflower seeds)

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Mix the yeast with 300ml of lukewarm water.

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Put the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl (doesnt have to be massive) and mix together. Pour ove the yeasy liquid and mix into a rough dough.

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Tip out onto the work surface and knead together until smooth and elastic.

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Appaantly this should take around 10 mins, but I’m no food expert, so I kneaded as best I could for 10 mins…

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Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a piece of oiled cling film. Place in a warm area and leave until doubled in size, about 1 hr. (It’s coming into winter in the UK so I had to turn the heating on for my dough to rise.)

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Tip out the risen dough and divide it into 10 portions, make them into balls…

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Place up on two ‘parchment-lined-but-i-didn’t-have-any-so-i-just-greased-them’ baking trays.

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cover lightly with cling film and leave for about 30 mins, or unil risen and puffy.

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Now use a floured finger to poke holes in the centres of the dough balls.

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swirling them around to strech the dough a little, but careful not to knock the air out.

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Pre-Heat oven to 180C/ 160F/ Gas Mark 4.

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Fill a large saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Add the Bicarbonate of soda, which is meant to alkalise the water.

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Place 1-2 of the bagels in the water at a time and boil for 1 min, turning over half way through (The recipe says 2 mind if you want a chewier bagel, however I did 1.5 mins and mine where super chewy so take note!).

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Using a slotted spoon, lift out the bagels, drain well (As you can see I just put the on kitchen roll? seemed to work) and place bak on the trays.

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Brush them with the egg whites…

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Sprinkle on the seeds…

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BAKE!

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For 20 – 25 mins, or until golden brown. I left mine in for 25, I think that was too long and 20 would have been sufficient, depends on the oven, I find gas ovens take longer to bake in than electric.

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WHOO!

cool before eating… I ate one warm :O

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Hope you found this helpful / interesting? I have taken the recipe from the >>Β BBC websiteΒ <<

Let me know if you try it and how they turn out!

xox Much love Holly xox

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