Friday, April 25, 2008


4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp salt
3 tsp sugar
2 tsp vegetable oil
2 tsp yeast
1 egg
1 cup warm water

In a bowl put the warm water, yeast and sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes
until the yeast is working. Add the salt, egg, oil and flour and stir
everything together. Dump the dough out on a floured board and knead
until everything is of one consistancy. (Exactly like making bread).
Put the dough into a warm bowl and put (covered) in a draft-free place
for about 1 and 1/2 hours or until the dough has doubled in size. Punch
down the dough and divide it into 20 pieces. Shape each piece into a
ball. Then roll each ball into a rope (like you would plasticine) about
7 inches long. Press the two ends of the "rope" together to give you
the basic bagel shape. Put the bagels on a floured board, cover with a
tea towel, and leave for about an hour to rise. During the last part of
the rising time, put a pot on the stove and fill it with boiling water.
Also turn the oven on to 375 Degrees F. Dump about 5 bagels at a time
into the boiling water. They will fall to the bottom of the pot and
then rise. When they rise turn them over. Boil them for a total
(including time at bottom of pan) of 2 minutes. Lift the bagels out of
the water with a slotted spoon and leave them to drain while you do
remaining bagels. Put all the bagels on a cookie sheet and put them in
the oven to bake for about 15 minutes (Until they turn brown).

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