Today, inspired by this post on worldofjulie.com, I decided that I, the owner of a brand new KitchenAid mixer, could make bagles and it would be really cool! To my knowlege, since Bagful of Bagels closed, there is just nowhere to get a good bagel.
So, armed with a set of fliker photos with instructions on how to use your mixer to make bagels I started out. It seemed pretty easy.
At thi point I figured I really had nothing to lose, so I just started randomly adding gluten and bread flour. And more gluten. More gluten. Some bread flour. A little more flour. More gluten. Pretty soon I actually had a ball of dough, so I continued with the recipe, such that it was. I shaped them, as best as I could with the stickyness. Then boiled them (for too long it seems) and then baked them.
The entire process took 4 hours. I KNOW! Here’s the result:
If you look closely, you can see where there are uncooked middles, and they are just not that good. However, Sean said he liked them, even with their problems, and I did eat two of them with cream cheese. I now feel like I have rocks in my tummy.
Other than that, my weekend is basically over. I still need to vacuum, but that’s it. Walk the dogs, maybe. And then think about dinner. All I’ve eaten today is bread and cookies, and so now I’m craving something good for me.