Embarking on a culinary journey to craft the perfect bagel no longer requires a day-long commitment, thanks to this streamlined recipe that boasts both simplicity and versatility. In just one hour, you can recreate the essence of a New York-style yeast bagel, complete with the doughy, fluffy texture that bagel aficionados adore. With a short ingredient list and room for personalization, this recipe invites you to dive into the world of bagel baking, whether you’re a novice or a kitchen pro.
Revolutionizing Bagel Baking
This approach to bagel making cuts down the traditional hours-long process to a mere 60 minutes, including preparation, boiling, and baking. Utilizing just five basic ingredients, it offers a foundation on which to build your bagel masterpiece, whether you prefer them plain or topped with an assortment of seeds and spices.
Step-by-Step to Bagel Bliss
Here’s a quick guide to achieving homemade bagel nirvana:
- Dough Preparation: Mix 5 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of salt, 1½ tablespoons of yeast, and 1 tablespoon of sugar in a bowl. Slowly incorporate 2¼ cups of warm water to form a shaggy dough.
- Knead for Perfection: Work the dough on a floured surface until soft, smooth, and elastic, about 5-7 minutes, readying it for shaping.
- Shaping with Flair: Divide the dough into 12 portions, shape each into a ball, then form a bagel shape by widening a hole in the center. This method ensures uniformity and is the perfect canvas for toppings.
- The Boiling Secret: A quick boil in water for 1-2 minutes on each side helps achieve the bagels’ signature chewy exterior.
- Golden Finish: After boiling, brush with egg wash, sprinkle with your chosen toppings, and bake at 350°F for a golden, delicious crust.
Customizing Your Creation
Transform your bagels with an array of toppings or keep them delightfully plain. The joy of homemade means creating something that perfectly suits your taste.
Making It Accessible: Gluten-Free and Vegan Variations
- Gluten-Free Bagels: Substitute the all-purpose flour with your favorite gluten-free flour blend, ensuring it’s suitable for bread baking. You might also add xanthan gum if your blend doesn’t include it, to mimic the elasticity of gluten.
- Vegan Delight: Replace the egg wash with a mixture of plant-based milk and maple syrup to achieve a similar golden sheen without using animal products. Ensure your toppings are also vegan-friendly.
Meal Prep Magic Not only are these bagels a fresh, tasty treat right out of the oven, but they also freeze beautifully. Slice and store them for a quick, satisfying toastable snack anytime.
Why This Recipe Resonates
- Efficiency: Delight in the novelty of baking bagels in an hour—a fraction of the time traditional recipes demand.
- Simplicity & Customization: With a short ingredient list and endless topping possibilities, these bagels invite creativity.
- Inclusivity: Offering gluten-free and vegan alternatives means everyone can enjoy these homemade delights.
Dive Into Bagel Making
This recipe isn’t just about enjoying delicious bagels; it’s an invitation to explore the art of bread-making in a fun, accessible way. Perfect for a leisurely weekend brunch or as a practical meal-prep solution, these bagels are a testament to the joy of baking from scratch.
5 Ingredient Yeast Bagel Recipe!
- 5 Cups all-purpose flour
- 2 Tsp Salt
- 1 ½ Tbsp Instant Yeast
- 1 Tbsp Sugar
- 2 ¼ Cups Warm Water
- 1 Egg
- Sesame Seeds
- Cinnamon Sugar
- In a bowl, combine AP flour, salt, instant yeast and sugar. Add in 2 warm water, and mix until a shaggy dough forms.
- Transfer to a floured flat surface and knead for 5-7 minutes until a soft and smooth dough forms. Cut your dough into 12 pieces for a dozen bagels.
- Bunch each piece of dough into a ball by flattening the piece, then pulling all the sides into the middle and smoothing into a ball. Poke a hole in the middle of each dough ball and pull to create a bagel shape.
- Cover and allow to rise for 30 min. Once risen, place a pot of boiling water on the store and boil each bagel for about 1-2 min on each side.
- Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet, brush with egg wash then add any desired toppings.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes and enjoy!!! 🥳