- 2 cups warm potato water
- 2 tablespoons active dry yeast (or 2 packages)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
- 6 1/2-7 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup oil (corn works well)
- 4 large eggs
- sesame seeds, poppy seeds, corn meal (or a mix)
- 1 egg, well beaten
In a large ceramic, glass or plastic bowl, combine the yeast, sugar, salt and 2 cups of the flour
and mix well. If altering the recipe, add the spices, plumped fruit, or nuts here.
Add the potato water and oil, beat for 2 minutes.Add 1 cup of the flour and the eggs, and beat
again. Add the rest of the flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until a soft dough that clears the sides of the
bowl is formed.
Turn dough onto a lighlty floured work surface and knead util smooth and springy, about 5
minutes, dusting with flour only 1 tbsp at a time as needed to prevent sticking.
Place the dough in a greased deep container (preferably not metal), turning once to coat the top,
and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise at room temperature until doubled in bulk, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Bring a large pot (or 2) of water to boil. Add 2 tbsp sugar or salt to the water to alter the flavour of
Preheat the oven to 425°F.
To form bagels: Gently deflate the dough by turning it out onto a lightly floured work suface.
Divide it into quarters, and each quarted into 6 equal portions. Shape each bit of dough into a
smooth ball, tucking the excess dough underneath. Flatten each ball with your palm. Poke a
floured finger through the middle of the ball, then spin the dough on your finger to widen the hole.
It will look quite stretched, but will shrink back slightly when you put it down.
With a sloted spatula, lower 5-6 bagels at a time into the gently boiling water. Leave boil for 3
minutes on one side, flip and boil for 2 minuted on the other. Remove the bagels with the spatula
and leave to cool on a clean dish towel-lined cookie sheet. I find it works best/quicker to form 5-6
bagels at a time while the previous 5-6 bagels boil. This avoids having the dough over-rise and
ending up with small, dense, chewy bagels.
Brush with the now cool bagels with glaze (if desired).
Dredge one or both side of the now cool bagels into the garnish of your choice (to prevent
sticking) and place on a greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden. Transfer to a cooling rack.
nota: preparation time does not include rising time.