Minnesota Cooking: Chewy Bagels (From Bread Machine Dough)

Updated on January 26, 2018

Bagel

Lightly browned outside from the egg wash
Lightly browned outside from the egg wash

Recently, I tried to make soft pretzel dough in my bread machine and was successful. Today, I'm braving the decision to make bagels.

Like everything else, the bagels you make at home are a little better than the bagels you buy in the bag at the store. Perhaps, if you have ever had fresh baked bagels at a specialty bread shop like Panera bread, you will be happy to find out that you can make something similar in your own home.

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 hours
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 2 hours 25 min
Yields: 16 bagels for two people.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water, 80 degrees
  • 1 1/2 T. white sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp. Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 egg, beaten

Instructions

  1. Create dough in dough machine.
  2. Shape dough into 16 equal balls, poke finger through middle and make ring. Let raise on greased sheet until doubled in size.
  3. Boil 2 quarts of water and add 1/4 cup brown sugar, drop four raised bagels into boiling water and leave them in there for 3 minutes. Repeat with remaining bagels.
  4. Coat boiled bagels with beaten egg and place on greased baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

The Process

A bread machine is basic. There is a bowl, that has a paddle in the bottom. The bowl is heated and the paddle stirs your ingredients around.

There is a technique to loading the ingredients. The water needs to be a certain temperature. The oils and sugars need to be mixed in the water. The flour needs to sit on top of the water and, last but not least, the yeast needs to go in last and sit on top of the flour, separated from the water and oils.

As the bread machine starts to turn, the first turn of the paddle pulls the yeast down into the waiting water. The sugar in the water encourages the yeast to grow. Then, as the yeast grows, it gets fed by the flour. Soon, the bread dough glutens start to form and the bread dough gets stretchy.

The timer will beep and it's time to take your dough out of the machine.

The Beginning

Now that your dough is ready, you need to divide the dough ball into equal pieces. Pull your dough ball out of the bread machine and place on a lightly floured surface. Flop it over a few times so it's easier to pick up without sticking to it.

Cut it into golf ball sized pieces. I used a sharp steak knife to cut mine. You'll need to spray a baking pan with cooking spray before the next step. Bagels are created in a multi step process. There's the dough creation. The cutting and ball making. The circle making. The raising. The boiling in sugared water. The coating with egg wash and then, finally, baking the coated dough in a 400 degree oven for 25 minutes until the egg wash is golden brown.

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Raising the Dough

It's winter here, so finding a spot in the house that is overly warm and comfortable for a pan of yeast dough to rise is virtually impossible without a little help. I turned a heating pad on to high and placed my pan of bagels on top of it for a while until they doubled.

In the summer, making bread, I have used other methods to find heat. You know how warm cars are in the sun. I have used my car to raise dough. If a person could just leave it in a plastic box with a lid, they can set it on top of a floor heat register. The continuous heat works wonders, but with bagels, you have to create individual pieces, so the merged dough ball is not an option.

I did find that putting the dough pieces on a baking pan, and covering the first pan with a pan of equal size worked fairly well.

Dough Pieces

After you divide your dough ball into about sixteen pieces, you make a ball and poke your finger through in the middle. Pull and smooth the dough so that your hole is about an inch wide.

Set the formed piece on a greased baking sheet. Space the pieces evenly across the pan so that they do not touch each other.

Cover with second pan or with plastic wrap and place in warm place, like on a heating pad.

Raising

It takes a while to raise, or double the dough.

The yeast needs time to work. My yeast is somewhat expired so I think I'll have to get a new jar of yeast the next time I go to the store. My yeast is not dead, so it has been working to raise the dough.

Yeast is alive but inactive. The slight heat of the water, the sugar and the flour all work together to activate, feed and encourage growth of the yeast. Yeast feeds on the flour and as it expels gas, the bread dough grows or raises

Boiling the Dough

After the dough has raised and doubled, the pieces are then placed in a pot of boiling water, to which brown sugar has been added. I used two quarts of water and a little bit more than a 1/4 cup of brown sugar. The brown sugar colors the dough slightly and sweetens it.

You have to set the dough. This is accomplished by placing the dough balls in the water for three minutes. The set bagels are then pulled from the water and placed in a bowl to wait for the next step, which is coating with an beaten egg.

Egg Coating

Now that your bagel pieces have gone through the three minutes of boiling, you then will grease a baking sheet with cooking spray and will dip all your bagels pieces in a bowl that contains a beaten egg and place the coated bagels on a baking sheet.

Once again, leave spaces between them.

Baking

The last, and final step is baking your bagels. The oven needs to be 400 degrees and the pan is placed in the center of your oven.

You'll need to bake them for 20 to 25 minutes until the egg coating turns a golden brown. Make sure that your coating is browned before removing the bagels from the oven.

Then, you are ready to cut them in half and eat them with your favorite topping.

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Bottom fluid should be 80 - 90 degrees
Bottom fluid should be 80 - 90 degrees
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salt
sugar
sugar
flour
flour
yeast
yeast
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starting the machine, pulls the yeast down to the sugar and gets it goingas it turns, it activates the gluten
starting the machine, pulls the yeast down to the sugar and gets it going
starting the machine, pulls the yeast down to the sugar and gets it going
as it turns, it activates the gluten
as it turns, it activates the gluten
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take dough ball out and coat both sides with flourcut into 16 piecesform each piece into a ballpoke finger through middlestretch hole to one inchplace on greased pan
take dough ball out and coat both sides with flour
take dough ball out and coat both sides with flour
cut into 16 pieces
cut into 16 pieces
form each piece into a ball
form each piece into a ball
poke finger through middle
poke finger through middle
stretch hole to one inch
stretch hole to one inch
place on greased pan
place on greased pan
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Suggestion: use heating pad to raise doughraise until doubledraised
Suggestion: use heating pad to raise dough
Suggestion: use heating pad to raise dough
raise until doubled
raise until doubled
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raised
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put raised bagels in boiling sugar waterboil for three minutesplace on baking sheet while waiting for rest of batch to boil
put raised bagels in boiling sugar water
put raised bagels in boiling sugar water
boil for three minutes
boil for three minutes
place on baking sheet while waiting for rest of batch to boil
place on baking sheet while waiting for rest of batch to boil
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beat an egg and drop your boiled bagel into the mixpull out using a fork. put on greased baking sheetbake in 400 degree oven for 25 minutes until egg turns golden brown
beat an egg and drop your boiled bagel into the mix
beat an egg and drop your boiled bagel into the mix
pull out using a fork.
pull out using a fork.
put on greased baking sheet
put on greased baking sheet
bake in 400 degree oven for 25 minutes until egg turns golden brown
bake in 400 degree oven for 25 minutes until egg turns golden brown

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