Easy Homemade Bagels

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Here is a recipe for some easy homemade bagels, I had made some simple farm cheese and had some whey left over, so I decided to put it to use. So I grabbed some bread flour, sugar, salt, yeast, a egg and the rest of the sesame seeds I haven’t toasted yet

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I measured out 4 cups of flour and dumped that into a mixing bowl with a tablespoon of salt

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I warmed up 1 3/4 cup of whey

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and mixed in 1 tablespoon of yeast and 1 tablespoon of sugar

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I let it set for 5-10 minutes to give the yeast time to activate

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and mixed it in with the flour and salt

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I floured up my cutting board and dumped the dough out

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I spent the next 10 minutes kneading the bread,

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I lightly oiled the mixing bowl and dumped the dough into it

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since I had just finished making some cheese, I decided to use the hot water to my advantage and use it to proof my dough, so I set the bowl on the pot

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and covered it with a towel

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after about a hour the dough had more than doubled in size

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so I floured up the cutting board again and dumped the dough out

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and cut it in half

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then quarters

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then the quarters into thirds

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I rolled the dough up into balls and pinched the bottoms

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I covered with a towel and let it rest for 30 minutes

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there are 2 different methods for forming the bagels, one is to roll the dough out into log and connecting the ends to form a ring, I prefer the simpler method of just sticking your finger into the dough and stretching it out,

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by this time I got my whey slowly boiling and set 3 bagels down into it top side down

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after letting it boil for 2 minutes and flipped them over with a slotted spoon

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after letting it boil for another minute I pulled them out and set them on a clean towel and whisked up the egg

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I set them on a cookie tray on parchment paper and brushed them with the egg wash

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and sprinkled them with raw sesame seeds and a little kosher salt

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I stuck them in the oven for 30 minutes till they were golden brown

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and set them on my rack to cool

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I should really start breaking down the cost on this stuff, I can’t imagine I have over 2-2.50 for a dozen bagels

If you want to learn how to make cream cheese for the bagels, click here