So as the title suggests, I made BAGELS! I was browsing through Foodgawker as I had a moment to spare (like we all do..) trying to plan my cooking/baking adventures for the weekend when I thought “hey! Why don’t I make bagels!” Before I could even justify that thought, my mind was already spinning thinking of the various flavours and toppings I could incorporate to imaginary bagels!
A quick search on the interweb resulted in various recipes, each calling for different ingredients and cooking times. I decided to stick with Brown Eyed Baker’s adaptation of Peter Reinhart’s recipe, as she had such detailed instructions there was no way I could go wrong. Or could I?
I kid. The bagels turned out perfect! It had perfect texture, soft but not too soft and chewy but not so chewy you could break your jaw trying to munch through a mouthful of bagel.
It was so yummy that it only needed with a thin spread of butter before being devoured.
Unfortunately there are no pictures of the process because I wasn’t sure if my first attempt would turn out and I was being lazy! (In my defense, it was the weekend!) Also, it gives me an excuse to whip up another batch asap!
As the whole process was a bit of an experiment, I topped a few bagels with sesame seeds, some I left plain, a few more with rock salt and some with chilli flakes. I have to say my favourites had to be the ones topped with rock salt and sesame seeds. The chilli flakes burnt far too quickly which left it with a slightly unpleasent bitter aftertaste.