I made bagels many months ago and never shared my accomplishment! So here are the beautiful bagels. I didn't experiment too much with flavours - just did some with poppy seeds, some plain, and some with aged white cheddar (though it looks like melted plastic on top - yum!) Overall the bagel making process was really exciting and fun, and much easier than I thought it would be (as are all things that I've been scared to make in the past - doughnuts, croissants, and I can't remember what else right now).
They weren't as chewy as I love my bagels, but they were good. Reinhart in The Bread Baker's Apprentice says to boil the bagel longer in order to make it chewier but this didn't really work for me. Any tips? The only bad thing about the bagel making experience was that I was scared I was going to break my poor little Kitchenaid, trying to knead the very strong bagel dough.
I very rarely post something without sharing the recipe but I really don't want to type up this insanely long recipe, and I'm sure you can find it somewhere online (or better yet in the book!) I hope you'll forgive me!
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