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Bagels revisited! (Grrrrrr)

So I have a love affair with the bagel  that is probably not healthy! I love almost any kind of bagel. Except the everything bagel… ew.  My fav is jalapeño cheddar bagel. I used to get them from safeway but they never had enough jalapeños for me. Plus the boys love bagels too but i wanted to be SURE I knew what was going in to them. They Love cinnamon raisin bagel so i thought. hmm how cant i beef up the goodness? hmmmm here is my simple bagel recipe with a couple of my favorite variations.

1 cup plus one TBS of warm water

1 1/2 TBS honey

3 cups of bread flour ( Sub: I exchanged 3/4 cup of bread flour for whole wheat  in the cinnamon raisin bagels and the kids didn’t notice anything)

1 1/4 tsp of salt

1 1/2 tsp bread machine or active dry yeast

toppings: instant minced onion, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, old fashioned oats or for me some shredded cheddar and a jar of jalapeños.

*For cinnamon raisin bagels add 1/2 cup of raisins and add 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon in when you add salt.  You can make other berry bagels buy switching the raisin for dried cranberries or dried goji berries or dried dingle berries.. i dunno… you get the picture.  what ever floats your boat. Oh and get rid of the cinnamon.

You will also need

2quarts of water

1/3 cup of baking soda or 3 tbs of sugar

One egg white mixed with one tbs of water.

1) measure all your stuff and hit the dough cycle on your bread machine.  Dont put the toppings in!!! Pull the dough out after 50 in the cycle with lightly floured hands.

2)  grease a cookie sheet and cut the dough in to 10 pieces.  shape each piece into a 3 inch circle poke a one inch hole in the center using thumbs. smooth into a bagel shape using your fingers. do it to all 10 an dpu them on a cookie sheet. cover and let rise for 20 min in a warm place.

3) Heat your oven to 450. Heat 2 quarts of water  to boiling add 1/3 cup of baking soda or 3 tbs of sugar.  I like the baking soda. Lower 2-3 bagels in tot the water for 30 seconds, turning once after 15 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon.

4) use a pastry brush to brush the egg white and water on the bagels.  Then put your toppings on. Bake on a greased cookie sheet for 8 min or until yummy looking.  LET THEM COOL!  But as soon as you can, Toast that baby Up and mac down. it is so good.  Yummm I think i will go have another one.

Blessing

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Best dang bread EVER!

Ok so in the 2 years i have had this bread machine i have tried many ( and by many i mean hundreds.) of bread recipes.  None of which have fit me perfectly. I  mean they were ok and edible and all but nothing like this one. yes I know it doesn’t use whole grains.. and yes I know  it has milk and butter and salt and… yeah i know… but that is why it doesn’t taste like a brick of cardboard. I don’t know about you but i hate cardboard with my grilled cheese or turkey club BLAH! so here it is.

It is actually very very simple. I used this recipe from king Arthur’s flour company ( http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/bread-machine-breadeasy-as-can-be-recipe). I made a few changes to mine. Just a couple don’t freak out.

For large (1 1/2lb.- 2lb.) machine
1 cup lukewarm water
1/3 cup lukewarm milk

ok 1st big switch up.

I used buttermilk powder here.(http://www.sacofoods.com/culteredbuttermilkblend.html) Because I was out of milk yesterday. It is easy to use but you can sub real buttermilk too just use and equal amount of buttermilk. I highly suggest using buttermilk if you can. YUM.

3 tablespoons butter or margarine
3 3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All Purpose Flour

2nd switch up

Here I used all bread flour. But hey  whatever you have I guess.
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast ( I used bread machine yeast whatever)

So the recipe on the web site says to do the whole thing in your bread machine.. I didn’t I put my machine on the dough cycle and plopped the finished dough in my standard bread pan ( greased a little) and let it rise for 45 more min in a warm spot.  then i tossed it in to  350 DEGREE oven and baked for 35 min.  when it is done  take it out of the pan and let it cool for AT LEAST 30 min but if you are like me  30 min will be all you can wait.

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The king Arthur’s web site is chock-a-block full recipes. Plus I like their product.  No need to thank me for this one by the way. Your smiles say so much.

Blessings

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more on bread machines

My mom asked for a vid of me using my bread machine but for some reason i am not very photogenic lately so i haven’t made one yet.  I will though. maybe… one day. soon.

Until then here is and awesome lady i found on youtube makin some yummy blueberry cinnamon bread in her machine.  She is so smart.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jqgb-wzWBGg&feature=related

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