I love bread. Any kind of bread. Hard bread, soft bread, seasoned bread, buttered bread, bread covered in cheese, plain bread. Loaves, buns, sticks, you name it, I love it.
Today I tried a bread I have always wanted to try, but never had the nerve. Bagels. Doesn’t sound hard, you say? Well, you’re right. They’re easy. Way easier than I thought they would be. I guess I was intimidated because I had seen somewhere that you have to do all this complicated stuff like floating them in boiling water. It sounds kind of stupid now, I guess I intimidate easily! Anyway, I made a dozen whole wheat bagels. I don’t think I’ll ever buy store bought again.
I followed a recipe I saw on Pinterest (so many recipes to try, so little time!) from bakingbites.com
Her instructions and corresponding photos are great, very easy to follow and see that you’re doing it right. Mine didn’t turn out quite as nice looking as hers, but my taste buds didn’t mind!
I substituted whole wheat flour for white and only used about a half of a tablespoon of salt. Though this recipe only called for 1 tablespoon of sugar, I want to try it with honey instead. And then of course I started thinking about all the other other things I could add to these little gems. What came to mind: chocolate chips, peanut butter, garlic (yum), onions, cheese…..what’s your favorite kind of bagel?
Excuse me while I go eat a bagel.