I wanted to share a super tasty recipe I found for homemade bread machine bagels.
We were trying to think of yummy things to eat for breakfast this week, and Nick said he wanted bagels. For some reason I have been on this “make it from scratch” kick lately. I didn’t want to buy the huge, pre-made, processed bagels from the store that have a million ingredients in them.
These were surprisingly easy to make, and only because I have a bread machine. I don’t have a Kitchen-Aid mixer so these would have been quite the doozy to knead and rise without one. The bread machine has a “dough” cycle that lasts about an hour and a half and provides you with soft, risen dough ready to bake!
Once the dough came out of the machine, I cut it into eight even pieces. Then, I poked a hole in the center with my thumb, and rotated the dough around to create the opening.
The next step is the super-cool part, which of course I didn’t get any pictures of. I brought a pot of sugar water to boil, and dropped the bagels in for one minute. They puff up to about twice their size. This is the key to chewy bagels! Now you know.
Next step is brushing with butter and adding any toppings that you like. I don’t have a kitchen braising brush… so I had to basically dump the butter over the top of the bagels and hope that it wouldn’t slide off. Then I added copious amounts of sesame seeds, per Nick’s request. He likes sesame seeds.
I bought the sesame seeds in bulk from Whole Foods. I got half a quart for only 99 cents. The pre-toasted bottled sesame seeds were $4 for maybe a fourth of that amount.
After baking in the oven for 25 minutes, out comes chewy, golden, buttery perfection! Nick kept eating the sesame seed/butter/cornmeal concoction that was stuck to the bottom of the pan.
Our whole apartment smelled like a bake shop. Right away, we cut one in half and smothered it in butter. Ohh, it was delicious.
I mean, don’t these look amazing?? I give this recipe five stars!
You can find the recipe over at Tasty Kitchen.
Do you have a bread machine? What are your favorite recipes?
Hi! I’m Emily, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and self-taught intuitive chef. I firmly believe that cooking is the simplest and most important step we can take to improve our minds and bodies and build healthier communities. Join me and let’s bring food back to the kitchen!