Tuesday, October 16, 2012

TWD ~ Baking with Julia ~ Bagels

Beautiful bagels with cream cheese…fresh from the oven

So here I was in Florida! It’s 5:15 a.m., the sun is just coming up over the Gulf, and I’m baking bagels!!  I was seriously thinking of skipping this one but, I’ve always wanted to try my hand at making this wonderful bread!

The sun coming up over the beautiful Gulf at 5:15 in the morning
These were much easier than I anticipated.  Yesterday afternoon, while my husband was getting ready to go to the beach, I mixed the dough for the bagels. This was quite straight forward and I was done in about 15 minutes…not bad! I put the dough in a buttered bowl and left it to rise, while we took a nice long walk on the beach.  When we got back, about 2 hours later, the dough had risen quite nicely.  I deflated it and put it into the fridge overnight.
That brings us to this morning.  After I had my first cup of tea, I pulled out the Baking with Julia Book, along with the dough, and started the process of bagel baking. First, I divided the dough in half. I then cut one half into five pieces and placed the other half back into the fridge. Shaping the bagels was a bit confusing for me; until I reread the directions for a second time.  Once I had that process down, the rest went quite well. Filling a pot with enough water for a boiling water bath, I added sugar and baking soda to the pot. I then dropped the shaped bagels into the water bath for a minute on each side. When removed from the water bath, I  placed them on a towel to drain. It was then time to place them on the baking sheet, brush with an egg white wash, sprinkle with toppings and bake!
These were incredible! My husband and I both enjoyed them for breakfast! What could be better than fresh baked bagels from the oven?  The start to a wonderful day! Happy Tuesday everyone!

Todays recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie, was by contributing baker Lauren Groveman. You might want to check out this video on PBS,  where you can see Lauren Groveman and Julia making these bagels.  Our host this week is Heather of Heather Byte´s where you can find the complete recipe.  



Sesame seeds, kosher salt, cornmeal and a wonderful sesame seed blend 
Shaping the bagels…getting them ready for a water bath
The water bath…1 minute on each side
Placed on a baking sheet and ready for the oven. Oven is preheated to 500〫
then turned down to 450〫….throwing a few ice cubes and ¼ cup of water onto the oven floor to promote steam. 
Wonderfully delicious bagels…not bad for a first try!
I can’t wait to give these another try…now that I’ve got the process down….I see a cinnamon-raisin bagel in my future!




26 comments:

  1. They do look wonderful! And it´s easy to enjoy them by the beach right?

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  2. Your bagels look very impressive! And, kudos for waking up so early to make them.

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  3. Awesome not easy to make as I have failed many times with chewy ones... these look great!

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  4. What a beautiful sunrise! Your bagels are beautifully made, I love bagels, just never gotten round to making my own...

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  5. Beautiful bagels - they look delicious:) You always do such a wonderful job on your cooking projects.

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  6. Beautiful view, beautiful bagels.
    I love getting up long before everyone else and getting a baking project going for those lazy weekend breakfasts. :-)

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  7. I love that view. The beach you walked on must also be beautiful. And what a delicious breakfast treat for you and your husband. Enjoy Florida!

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  8. That's so early to bake! But they look beautiful!

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  9. Me and you are the same, early morning baking rocks (and obviously works :D)
    Yum!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  10. Lovely bagels! Looking forward to giving them another go around as well.

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  11. Your bagels look fantastic, and I'm so impressed that you tried them. So delicious!

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  12. Fresh bagels in Florida? Yum! Your bagels turned out beautifully!

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  13. Kathy, Florida sounds so wonderful - I certainly would not mind being in Florida right now...your bagels look fantastic, all your baking and cooking always does - I love the nice topping, the wonderful crumb and the warm color that they have. I am sure they were just as delicious as can be! Do enjoy Florida!

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  14. Everyone's bagels are looking so good, I just might have to try these myself!

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  15. Beautiful sunrise and those bagels Oh my!!! I am so jealous...of both!! :)

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  16. Beautiful bagels. The promise of a walk on the beach sounds lovely too.

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  17. Your bagels are absolutely beautiful, Kathy! That sesame blend looks so good. It sounds so much more fun to make these at the beach!

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  18. Beautiful sunrise. Love that part of the day. Your bagels look great.

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  19. What a beautiful way to start your day Kathy! The sunrise and these bagels make the perfect scenery!

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  20. Oh My, I just can't believe you made bagels from scratch!!! The look wonderful. Once again your step by step pictures and comentary make me think I could do that! Beautiful sunrise! See you tomorrow. Maybe you have a left over bagel? xoxo

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  21. Kathy, so glad to see you're here in Florida, enjoying your vacation. Love the beautiful sunrise photo!

    Your bagels turned out incredibly wonderful. Lora made some too, and they were amazingly delicious. My favorite is the salted bagel, although I love them all! You are so creative and enjoy all the adventure in the Dorie Challenge, I'm so thrilled to see your latest every time! Hope you're catching good weather:)

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  22. Your bagels look absolutely perfect. Cinnamon raisin sounds delicious.

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  23. Beautifully done...now I'm craving these again!!!

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  24. Kathy, first of all let me tell you how much I love your motto "a balance diet is a cookie in each hand". After seeing the beautiful bagels you made you could transform it into "a balance diet is a cookie in one hand and a bagel in the other" (but the cookie must be a rich one to keep the balance - which is even yummier!
    Kosher salt, toasted sesame ginger seasoning... Why on earth is Switzerland so boring and do not sell these delicious ingredients!!!! What's so normal for you is so exotic and out-of-hand for me!
    Cold comfort to say we have the "Toblerone Chocolate" ...ahahah!

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  25. Kathy,
    I can't believe you made bagels! Bagels at sunrise...what could be better? You're amazing!
    annie

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