I have had many requests for this recipe through Facebook and promised to put it on Pinterest. However, I am challenged as to how to get this on Pinterest, other than to point to my blog. So here you have it, my friends, a recipe for the yummiest bagels you will ever encounter. Don't let the multiple steps deter you from trying this recipe. They are relatively easy and so good!
4 to 5 cups un-sifted flour1 tbsp. salt
1 - 1/2 cups very warm tap water
1 egg white, beaten3 tbsps. sugar
1 pkg. yeast1 tbsp. cold water
STEP 1: Mix thoroughly: 1 and 1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt and un-dissolved yeast. Gradually add tap water to dry ingredients and beat two minutes at medium with electric mixer. Add 1/2 cup flour. Beat at high speed for 2 minutes. Stir in enough additional flour to make a soft dough. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 to 10 minutes). Place in ungreased bowl. Cover, let rise in warm place for 20 minutes (dough will not double in bulk).
Note: I have successfully used the dough setting on my bread maker to prepare the dough to this point.
STEP 2: Punch dough down and divide into 12 equal portions. Pat into a bagel shaped circle and punch a hole in the middle with your finger. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Cover and let rise in warm place for 20 minutes (dough will not double in bulk).
STEP 3: Boil about 2 inch depth of water in large shallow pan. Lower heat and add a few bagels at a time. Simmer 7 minutes, covering with lid during part of this time). Remove from water and place on a towel to cool for 5 minutes. Place back on ungreased baking sheet.
STEP 4: Bake bagels at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. While they are baking, whisk egg white and water together. Remove bagels from the oven and brush egg white/water mixture over them so they will become a golden brown. Return to oven and bake 20 minutes longer, or until golden brown. Remove from baking sheet and cool on wire racks.