... and why I will never buy bagels in the store again.
Turns out, they're not that difficult to make, and they are even more delicious then you ever imagined a bagel could be.
Thursday/Friday in Edmonton brought our first Snowpocalypse of the year. We got about ten inches of snow and it was nasty. A little insane. Nick and I decided to take a vacation day Friday and hibernate instead of venturing out into the blizzard. We were ever so glad we did. The only downside is that I hadn't been grocery shopping in awhile and we were running low on food. We were out of milk, eggs, the blueberry muffins I made earlier in the week, Friday morning it seemed like no one was going to get any breakfast at all. Nick sleeps on days off until about eleven, so I had some time. I borrowed a couple of eggs from my sister to make bagels. I had a recipe that seemed pretty simple and now, I had every ingredient required. I had made bagels once before, but it was a more complicated, fussy recipe with granola and flavoring and blueberries, and they didn't turn out nearly as tasty as these plain, sesame seed bagels.
this recipe for Montreal Style Bagels from LoveFoodies.com.
I think the trick is the maple syrup in the dough, and the honey in the water they're boiled in. They had just a subtle, rich sweetness that I could not get enough of. We gave a few to my sister and I regretted it all weekend. When I saw her later, she too waxed poetic about them saying "they weren't bagels, they were angel buns". She's an odd one, but she's right.
All in all, they only took a couple hours and required very little work thanks to my stand mixer. I cannot recommend them enough.