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Whole Wheat Bagels Made Simple

I think one of the most common afflictions that touch our society is not obesity – though that is certainly a concern, but rather “over-complication-itis”.  OK, so maybe the medical community won’t be adding this affliction to their standard list of diagnoses but that doesn’t mean it isn’t prevalent, nor that it isn’t serious.   So, how would you diagnose someone suffering from “over-complication-itis” – well it’s simple…  or rather it is an individual who lacks the ability to see simplicity.  More precisely, an individual who lacks the ability to examine and break down processes that lead to final products into their simple components.

Brunch - fresh whole wheat bagels with smoked salmon accompanied by asparagus

Brunch – fresh whole wheat bagels with smoked salmon accompanied by asparagus

These bagels provide a case study.  Bagels are awesome, but I bet if you asked most folks who buy them – even those who purchase them from shops that make them right in front of the customer if they could make them – they’d balk at the suggestion.  The complexity exists only in their minds.

 

If you’ve been following these posts we’ve shown our favorite tried and true bread recipe,  we then showed how to take the same recipe and use the dough to make some awesome buns – by forming the dough and baking it in the oven, bagels just add one step to the buns – boiling the formed dough before baking.  That’s it.  Really, no need for a wood fired oven, no need for a food science degree or even to convert to Judaism.  Those things might help but if you make them personal prerequisites you might as well check yourself into an institution with “over-complication-itis” because you won’t be checking out all of the opportunities that exits out here in the real world.

For those of you that haven’t dialed 911, click on the headline for the simple recipe instructions.

Oh, and the solution for obesity – eat reasonable amounts of good food – like these fresh whole wheat bagels and engage in physical activity.

 

Whole Wheat Bagels Made Simple
Simple whole wheat bagels will earn you rave reviews from all those to whom you give the opportunity to try them. One try and these will be part of your staple of breads - especially when you discover just how easy they are to make.
Servings
12 bagels
Servings
12 bagels
Whole Wheat Bagels Made Simple
Simple whole wheat bagels will earn you rave reviews from all those to whom you give the opportunity to try them. One try and these will be part of your staple of breads - especially when you discover just how easy they are to make.
Servings
12 bagels
Servings
12 bagels
Ingredients
Servings: bagels
Instructions
  1. Add liquid ingredients (Water, eggs, vinegar, oil) and mix in bread machine pan
  2. Add whole wheat flour
  3. Distribute evenly over the surface of the flour the salt, sugar and yeast
  4. Return the pan to the machine
  5. Set the machine on the dough cycle. As the dough is first mixed add the necessary additional water so that you get a sticky moist dough. Then close the machine.
  6. When the machine has complete the dough cycle if it only has one kneed reset the machine for another dough cycle and allow it to kneed the dough once more. Then turn off the machine, remove the pan and dump out the dough on a floured work surface.
  7. Divide the dough into between 12 and 18 pieces - depending upon how large you want the bagels to be.
  8. If you want round bagels form each dough piece into a ball and then open a hole in the center to make the characteristic O. If you don't care about rounds and are ok with triangles and squares just form a hole in the center of the dough pieces you've sliced off.
  9. Place the bagels on a baking sheet - preferably on a silicon mat. Cover with a tea towel and let rise until doubled.
  10. Preheat the oven to 400F
  11. Heat up a pot of water until boiling and add a pinch of salt. When the bagels have finished their rise gently place them in the boiling water. Boil for about one minute on one side and then flip them over and boil on the other side for another minute. Remove, drain and replace on the baking sheet
  12. When all of the bagels have been boiled you have the option of brushing the tops with a beaten egg and if you want to add toppings such as poppy seeds sprinkle those on.
  13. Bake at 400F for 20 to 30 minutes. If you are using a silicon baking mat baking time will tend towards the longer rather than shorter time.
  14. Remove from the oven and cool - get your cream cheese and smoked salmon ready
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