By Cassie Johnston
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Bagels! For the longest time, bagels were one of those things—like Hollandaise sauce—that seemed totally out of my culinary reach. There is something so incredibly intimidating about yeast to begin with, and then throw in a two-part cooking process? Bagels seemed way out of my league. Plus, we have an awesome bagel company right here in town. No need to dip my toes in the water bath of hole-y failure if I can just run down the street and pick up a dozen.
But then, something changed. A few summers back, I made a proclamation to homemake all the food for an upcoming camping trip. Camping is full of processed crap food. Boxed breakfasts, hot dogs, graham crackers and marshmallows. And I was determined to try my hand at homemaking as much of the classic camping food as possible. For quick breakfasts, I landed on homemade bagels. I tossed aside my trepidation and fired up the oven.
In all honesty, there is nothing hard about making bagels. But they are time-consuming and require a bit of babysitting. You still might be wondering why I bother considering the awesome bagel bakery down the street. Truthfully, I usually don’t. If I’m being totally honest, I use bagels. Bagelmaking for me is a bit of a confidence-booster. Anytime I am feeling lack-luster about my skills in the kitchen, bagels are there to resurrect my confidence. There is something so incredibly satisfying about making your own bagels. I mean, if someone was telling you about how they make their own bagels, wouldn’t you be impressed? I’m impressed with myself! Think of the little black dress. You don’t wear it all the time, but when you do, it makes you feeling amazing.
Bagels are my little black dress.
A few general notes about bagel-making :
Makes two dozen medium-sized bagels
Coming up tomorrow : custom-made cream cheese to go with your homemade bagels! It is easy, pretty much fool-proof and only adds to confidence-boosting properties of bagels,
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I just made bagels not to long ago. I LOVE homemade bagels. They’re amazing.
OOOH! Those look delicious! I was too intimated to try the rope/wrapping thing. But yours look awesome!
Perfect for breakfast!
I’ve been having them for the past week! :)
these were AMAZING. well done. we LOVEEEE them.
Tried these over the weekend, taste great but the bagel went flat. Every time I try a bread of any sort, they always seem to lose the rise. Literally, I just touch the bagel and it’s like someone leaves the air out of a tire.
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