Welcome to October, Everyone! We awoke to our first snow here last week. One of my favorite moments of the year . . . fall colors draped in white–it doesn’t get much prettier than that! However, I wouldn’t mind at all if autumn would linger around a little bit longer. This season is far too short up here!
One thing these cooler days are good for though is baking 🙂 And I’ve been doing a lot of it lately. I recently just purchased a gorgeous, wooden bread box to keep our fresh baked goods in. And, I have to say, it’s doing an impeccable job! I used to just throw my loaves in a plastic bag, but they tended to go stale in there after a few days. This box has been doing a great job postponing that. We were able to finish our last loaf before it got stale! I also love that it’s spacious enough to hold multiple items. I was able to easily fit a whole batch of muffins in there along with the loaf–and they held up well, too!
Today, I’m sharing with you my delicious, wholesome bagel recipe. These babies are amazing fresh out of the oven with coconut spread and homemade jam! They also work well for sandwiches. AND, they take less than 2 1/2 hours to make from start to finish! Pretty good deal if you ask me.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Delicious and chewy whole-grain bagels.
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 2 1/2 tsp active yeast
- 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
- 3 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup vital wheat gluten
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp cardamom
- 2/3 cup warm water
Combine 1/2 cup warm water, sugar and yeast in a bowl. Set aside for 5 minutes.
Mix together all dry ingredients, then create a well in the center.
Add yeast mixture and additional warm water to the well, and knead for 8 minutes.
In a lightly oiled bowl, let dough rise for one hour.
Punch down dough, then cut into eight equal pieces.
Roll each piece into a ball, then create a hole in the center and stretch to about 1/3 the size of the bagel dough.
Place the formed dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and let them rest for 15 minutes.
Heat oven to 425F.
Bring a pot of water to boil.
Place bagels into the boiling water for 2 minutes. Flip, and boil them another 2 minutes.
Return them to the lined baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly golden.