The Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge: No 3. Bagels
Each week I will be making a bread recipe from Peter Reinhart’s wonderful book, The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread. The third recipe in the Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge was Bagels!
I was so excited to get to this recipe in the book. I love bagels and I've always wanted to try my hand a making them. I won't lie; so far this has been the most labour intensive recipe and the first one that I'm not happy with. I followed the recipe completely but for some reason only half my bagels turned out well. The other half came out flat. I'm not sure where I went wrong. It seems strange that the same dough produces different individual results.
The bagels tasted great, even the flat ones. I boiled them for a total of 3 minutes each to give them a chewier texture. I topped them with a little kosher salt, poppy seeds and sesame seeds.
I'd appreciate any advice you may have on how to avoid the flat bagels. Let me know your tips to get the perfect shape.
Be sure to check out what the other challenge participants have done.
Next week: Brioche!