Baby Brother's Bagels

For the next FOUR days, Marc and I will be hanging out in our old stomping grounds. A Caribbean vacation wasn't in the cards this year, so with a little help from my Mum's Aeroplan Points Card, we booked flights out to Toronto to visit friends and family.

The flight was delayed for just over two hours, which sucked, although things were going well until they closed the bar. FINALLY, we got to my Baby Bro's apartment where he'd rented us a guest suite.  It's pretty much the oddest room we've ever stayed in. I'll be doing a full TO REPORT when we get back. In the meantime though, I thought I'd share how to make my Baby Bro's favourite thing: Bagels.

I use THIS recipe.

This is everything that you'll need. The Ovaltine seems sketchy but is INTEGRAL to the recipe. 
Throw in the beaten egg, malt powder, sugar and yeast.

Then add the water while beating. 

After the yeast has dissolved, add the salt and flour. Switch to a dough hook (I have NO idea how people made bread-like goods pre-Kitchen-Aid-Mixers)

When it's smooth, roll it into a ball and cover with a bowl for 10 minutes.

I decided to make cheese, cinnamon raisin and chocolate chip...but not together, ick. 

When the 10 minutes is up, roll the dough into a line and then cut into 10 - 12 pieces (each time, there's a slightly different yield...I just go with it and make them even).

Roll the cut up piece of dough in your hand until it's smooth. Then poke your finger through the middle and give 'er a little spin.

For cheese bagels, I find that 5 small cubes works best.
Fold the cheese (or whatever else you want) into the dough and seal any seams.

It should look like it did before you added anything.

So, do the rolling & folding in, 10 - 12 times. Cover them with a tea towel and let rise for 30 minutes. 

Get a big pot of honey water and boil each side of each bagel for 45 seconds.

Let dry on a washcloth until slightly sticky.

Then roll in seeds and pop into the oven!

The cheese variety need to cool completely or you'll be left with a gooey blob of cheese. 

Pack up bagels and take them to your Baby Bro as a "Thanks for booking us this sweet-ass room in your building"...or you can just eat them yourself.

I know that it seems like a big job, but they're easy to make and WAY BETTER than any bagel I've bought from a store.


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