Bagels For Baking Partners Challenge

I'm so excited as i write this Post....I have recently joined the Baking Partner group  on facebook .As the baking ghost keeps instigating me to try new stuff I'm more than happy to be  a part of this group where in I will get to learn something new every month.Swathi had suggested Bagels for the month of August and I was keen on trying this as i have never baked a bagel before.The recipe seemed easy though tedious but the best thing was it could be made in parts making it actually easy ..
Since it was for the first time i was going  to  try the Bagel's recipe I thought of first trying with half of the quantity ..
Though it was a tedious process i enjoyed baking it

Adapted from Peter Reinhart's Artisan Breads Everyday

Ingredients (I have halved the original recipe )
for the dough
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp honey/barley malt syrup,rice syrup
1 tsp instant yeast
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup +1 tbsp lukewarm water

Poaching liquid
250 ml water
1 tsp honey /malt syrup ( optional)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt


I used nigella and sesame seeds.


Day 1 

 Making of the dough 

  • Take Luke warm water ,salt and  honey in a wide bowl
  • To this add flour and mix till crumbly.
  • Then once it has come together knead for 3-5 mins.
  • Then transfer the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with cling foil .
  • Let it rest for an hour ,till it double in size.

  •  Line the baking tray with parchment and slightly grease with oil
  • Divide the dough in 3 equal parts ,I have divided in 4 hence i got small size.
  • Form a loose ball from each part and start rolling it on a clean dry surface without adding any flour.
  • Poke a hole in the centre to shape like a donuts
  • Holding the dough with thumb in the hole ,stretch it to create a hole about 2 inches .

  • Place each shaped bagel on the prepared baking tray and lightly brush oil.
  • Cover the tray with a cling foil and refrigerate overnight.( You can also proof the dough in oiled bowl overnight and then shape the bagels on baking day I did that ,I kept the dough in the fridge overnight next morning I kept it out for an hour then shaped the bagel before they passed the float test )
On the baking day 

  • Remove the bagels  1 hr- 1 1/2 hr before you plan to bake it.
  • Check if the bagels are ready to bake by doing a Float test that is to test if the bagel floats by placing it in a bowl of cold water,if the bagels sink to the bottom keep it covered for 15-20 min then test again ,once it passes the float test gather all ingredients to boil/poach them before you bake it.
  • To make the poaching liquid boil 2 cups water .
  • Cover with lid ,bring it to boil then simmer and add in salt,honey and baking soda.
  • gently add the bagel as many as fit in the pan , in the poaching liquid it will float on top within 15 sec .
  • After a minute turn the bagel with a slotted spoon turn the bagel over and poach for 30-60 seconds.
  • Preheat oven for 10 min at 230 degree Celsius.
  • Gently take the bagel out and put a generous amount of topping on each bagel.
  • The parchment paper on which you are transferring the bagels need to be oiled.
  • Then lower the temperature of the oven and bake for 18 - 20 min or till brown at 220 degree Celsius.
  • Once baked transfer on wire rack and let it cool for 30 mins before slicing

Slice the bagel and apply a generous amount of cream cheese or make burgers..
I enjoyed eating my chicken bagel burger....

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  1. Super tempting bagels.....Never tried bagels before... I bookmarked to try this.... :)

  2. Eventhough it was tedious to make , its worth making......... well made dear and liked your chicken bagel too......

  3. lovely bake dear..loved the idea of stuffing chicken,very filling n delicious!!

  4. looks just perfect , love to grab it and layer in cream cheese.

  5. lovely bagels...similar like donuts

  6. wow, I wish I could make bread like that. these look so nice and soft!!

  7. Wow, very well made dear! Looks super tempting!

  8. O my God.. so beautiful looking bagels.. i didn't know these r so easy to make yum yum

  9. Beautiful you made it perfectly, thanks for joining, I am to pin and tweet.

  10. I'm super excited looking at these bagels. Truly so nice.

  11. Lovely bagels. looks so good..