The other day, Mon Amour was in the mood for a baking adventure. He offered to make dinner, an offer which should make any busy homemaker very happy.  But, I must confess I am the type that often finds it easier to do things myself, my own way, than to let others help in their own way.  I tried my best to support his enthusiasm, but when he settled on making bagels so we could have bagel sandwiches I was truly super excited.   

This was not our first bagel making adventure, but it had been a while, and we opted for a new recipe. We made a double batch - which made a small mountain of dough.

Which we then shaped into bagel-shapes and let rise.

Next, you boil for about 60 seconds, and let cool.  Note the awesome looking steam!

Top with deliciousness like garlic and oregano and bake for a bit. And Voila! Bagels!

They were a little flatter than we thought they would be...perhaps something went awry with our yeast, but all in all they were deeeelicious!

Here is the recipe (I am a minimalist when it comes to directions so forgive me if it doesn't make sense) adapted from the "Heirloom Cooking with the Brass Sisters" cookbook:

2 packages dry yeast
1/2 warm water
1 t sugar

5 c flour
2 T salt
1 and 1/2 c water
1 T sugar
2 T vegetable oil
1 egg, beaten

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar and allow to proof in warm spot for 10 mins. 
All all remaining ingredients EXCEPT the egg. And beat in stand mixer (or with much effort, by hand) for 1-2 minutes, then knead for 3-5 minutes. 
Let rise about 1 hour.
Divide dough into 12 equal parts, and shape like bagels (either by rolling and making circles, or flattening and punching a whole in the middle)
Let bagels rest for 15 minutes
Bring large pot of water to boil. 
Drop bagels (a couple at a time, only as many as will fit floating on the surface of your water) into boiling water. Boil for 60 seconds, flipping halfway through. 
Remove and let rest for 15 minutes. 
Repeat with remaining bagels. 
Brush tops of bagels with the beaten egg. Top with desired toppings (can do plain, cinnamon, garlic, whatever). 
Bake for 15-18 minutes at 450 degrees.

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