Ok, so I'm a little nutty... I was awake at 4:30 this morning, just couldn't sleep, so I decided to go downstairs and make bagels from scratch. C'mon - isn't that what EVERYONE does when they can't sleep?! LOL
These came out SO GOOD... I used this recipe from fatfree.com, with no modifications. It seems like a lot of work, but it was actually fun! (Told you I was a nut!)
4 1/2 cups flour 2 packages active dry yeast 1 1/2 cups warm water -- 110-115 F 3 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon sugar
In mixer bowl combine 1 1/2 cups flour and the yeast. Combine warm water, 3 Tbls. sugar and the salt. Pour over flour mixture. Beat at low speed for 30 seconds, scraping sides of bowl constantly. Beat 3 minutes on high speed.
Stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can mix in with a spoon. Turn out onto lightly floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough. Continue kneading until smooth and elastic, 6 - 8 minutes. Cover; let dough rest 10-15 minutes.
Cut into 12 portions; shape into smooth balls. Punch a hole in the center of each with a floured finger. Pull gently to enlarge hole to 1 1/2 to 2 inches. Place on a greased baking sheet. Cover; let rise 20 minutes.
Broil 5 inches from heat for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes on each side. Tops should not brown.
Heat 1 gallon water and 1 tablespoon sugar to boiling; reduce heat. Cook bagels, 4 or 5 at a time, for 7 minutes, turning once. Drain.
Place on greased baking sheet. Bake in 375 degree oven 25 - 30 minutes.
Oh yeah, and I apologize if this has been posted, but I did look in the index, and all I saw was a different bagel recipe, starting from bread-machine dough. I know that one's less work, but this one is more fun. Honest.