Am I the only person in the world who didn’t know that the key to making bagels is boiling them before baking them? Well I didn’t know that until I made them myself. I felt like getting crazy with my bread machine this weekend and decided to stick it to the man and make my own bagels. I mean, how hard could it be? It was pretty easy thanks to the good ol’ Sunbeam, but it did involve a few steps. First you have to make the dough, then you have to roll out the bagels and try to form them into bagel-like shapes (make a ball then poke your fingers in the middle). Next you boil them. After that, you can get creative with different toppings. Then you bake and enjoy!
I used the recipe in the Vegan Brunch cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and bread machine-ized it (liquid in first) and it turned out just fine. I topped mine with a mixture of poppy seeds, sesame seeds, fennel seeds, and a twist of salt. They might not look as pretty as your factory-made bagels, but they have a heck of a lot more personality. And that counts for something right?