Great Bagels

InterI must start this blog post off with some background knowledge, I am and always have been a carb addict. I absolutely love bagels and all they have to offer, and I suppose they could be one of my favourites.

I have recently been stopping off at Tim Hortons one too many times during the week, in relation to how much i’ve spent there this month to how much money it takes to bake a bakers dozen of bagels is that I spend about 30 cents a bagel homemade, compared to 2 dollars at Tim’s. So each time I make a set of bagels, I spend about 5 dollars on bread flour, cheese, and yeast (that could easily make two batches) so really you’re looking at 15 cents a bagel in terms of food cost. Easily I’m saving 10 dollars a week, and if I got a bagel everyday, I’d be looking at over 500 dollars in savings a year. Pretty darn cool. And tasty too. I could eat 500 dollars of yearly savings bagels every damn day. 

When you have the ingredients to make bread, bagels, rolls etc… you really should make an afternoon of it. It’s very rewarding, in both soulfully and in being able to eat the best bagels ever

Are you in the right place? are you interested in bread, but looking for something more sweet? Look no further than here…. Healthy Banana Bread or maybe you’re looking for a meal Jacked Mac and Cheese will have you covered!

Yields a bakers dozen (or 13)
1 1/2 Tsp of Yeast
1 Tbsp of Honey
7 1/2 Cups of Bread Flour
2 1/2 Tsp of Salt
2 1/2 Cup of Room Temperature Water
3 Cups of Cheddar Cheese
2 Jalapeno’s Minced
1/2 Cup of Green Onion
Combine 1 tsp of yeast with 4 cups of bread flour and 2 1/2 cups of room temperature water, mix lightly. Cover and let rest for 2-3 hours. Next, add 1/2 tsp yeast, 3 1/2 cups of flour, 2 1/2 tsp of salt, 1 tbsp of honey to the previous mixture. Combine until no flour remains in the bowl.
IMG_2422Put the new dough onto a dusted work surface (use all purpose flour for this) Knead for 15 minutes, add your cheese, jalapeno to half the ball and cheese and green onions or chives to the other half.  Reserve a half a cup of cheese to top your bagels. You may want to just keep one flavour – thats fine too. Knead another 5 minutes.IMG_2430IMG_2431
Divide your dough into equal rolls about 4.5 oz each bagel. Cover with a damp towel for twenty minutes.
Form rings with your dough, pinching about an inch away from the centre. Try to keep your bagels consistent all around. Cover with a damp towel. 
Bring a large wide pot to a boil. Preheat your oven to 500F
At this point you will poach your bagels for a minute on each side, once done you will place on a greased sheet pan and sprinkle with cheddar cheese, and crack some salt on each.IMG_2441Once every bagel has been poached, put in the oven for 8 minutes. Shift your pans by rotating them so the bagels get an even cook. Turn your oven down to 450F for 10 more minutes or until golden brown. Take out of the oven and cool for 30 minutes before eating. IMG_2445IMG_2446

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