Thursday, April 16, 2015

Homemade Garlic & Onion Bagels

My sister started making bagels a few months ago and she kept telling me how easy it was. I thought it was worth trying to do it to see how easy or hard it was and how good the bagels tasted. Let's just say that I will never buy another packages of bagels every again. These taste amazing! My original source of the the bagel recipe is here but I have altered it some. 

The bagels that I make most often are onion and garlic bagels. They are my favorite. I add all the dry ingredients then add about a tablespoon of minced garlic and a half of a small onion. (**Side note: I added to much of an onion in a recent batch and my bagels didn't turn out. I think it was because there was to much moisture in the onion).
Once all the dry ingredients are in the mixer, turn it on low and mix the dry ingredients up. After they have been roughly mixed up add your warm water slowly. I always try to pour the water down the side of the bowl so the dough forms a little faster. You should allow the dough to mix for about 4-5 minutes, then you need to turn the mixer up to a medium speed and mix your dough for another 7-10 minutes. 
Once the dough is a nice consistency place it in a greased bowl and place a tea (or kitchen) towel over the top. Place the bowl in a warm dry place and allow dough to rise for about an hour. The dough should just about double in size. After the dough has risen, gently punch it in the middle to deflate and place the dough on a clean surface. 
 This recipe makes about 8 bagels so to keep things easy when dividing the dough up everything is cut in half. Cut the large mass in half. Then cut the half in half to make 4 quarters, then take each quarter and cut those in half and you should have 8 pieces of dough roughly the same size. Take each piece of dough and form it into a ball. Next poke your finger through the middle of the dough ball and evenly distribute the dough so it looks like a bagel. Once you have made all your bagels, place the towel over them again and let them rise again. At this point you need to get a large pot of water and bring it to a boil. Once the water has boiled, turn it down so it is just a bubbling. This usually takes about 10 or so minutes which is just enough time for your bagels to have risen just a bit.
Place 2-3 bagels in the bubbling water for about 1 minute on each side. Take them out of the water and place them on a greased cookie sheet. 
 The oven should be heated to 425 degrees and the bagels need to be cooked for 20-25 minutes or until they are golden brown on the top. Let them cool completely before you toast them up. These bagels taste AMAZING. My favorite way to eat them with onion and chive cream cheese. I'm also a fan of real butter on them. Yum!!

Garlic and Onion Bagels
yields 8

2 1/4 teaspoons dry active yeast
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 1/3 cups warm water
3 1/2 cups bread flour, plus extra for kneading
1 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 - 1/2  small onion finely chopped

In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the flour, sugar, yeast, salt, garlic power, minced garlic, and chopped onion.  With the mixer on low, slowly add the water.  Continue to mix until the dough comes together in a mass, about 4-6 minutes.  Increase speed to medium-high and knead for another 8-10 minutes until soft and smooth.   Put the dough in a bowl sprayed lightly with non-stick baking spray. Cover with a towel or lightly oiled plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size. 

Gently de-gas the dough and let the dough rest for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425ยบ F and bring a large pot of water to a boil; then reduce to a simmer. 

Divide the dough into 8 pieces.  Press each piece down to get rid of air bubbles.  Form into balls and roll the balls between your palm and the work surface, rotating to form a smooth ball. Coat a finger in flour and press it through each ball to form a ring.  Twirl the ring around the index of one hand and the thumb of the other, stretching the dough and widening the hole to about 1/3 of the bagel’s diameter. Place the bagels on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat and cover with a towel. Let rest for another 10 minutes.

Gently lower the bagels into the water in batches, 2-3 bagels at a time. Boil uncovered for about 1 minute. Turn them over once and boil for another minute. Using a perforated skimmer, remove the bagels from the pot, letting the water drain; return to the baking sheet. (Optional:  sprinkle the top of the bagel with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, or both). Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  Enjoy!

Adapted from The Galley Gourment

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dear Max

Dear Max, or Bumble Bee, or Horse, or Dog,
You are very into imaginative play and I love it. For several months you were Bumble Bee but recently you have switched over to be "Horse" or "Dog". When you are 'Horse' you like to carry a rider on your head and you gallop around the house yelling "Yee Haw!" You like to run races with your riders and will often come up to Dad and myself asking us to pick a color and a number and that is how you determine your rider. Recently you have started the "Dog" phase of play. You will crawl around on all fours and bark and pant like a dog. It's funny and Dad and I are constantly laughing and amazed at your imagination. 
Mario Kart for the Wii is currently your favorite video game. You ask to play pretty much every day and you are getting really good at it. Dad and I have to laugh at your skill (or luck) when playing the game. The hardest race tracks are your favorite, Rainbow Road in particular. What makes Dad and I laugh even more is that no matter how many times you fall off the road or what place you come in after the race is over, you are still excited. When you win you get even more excited. 

Lately you have also really been into playing with you "iPad phone" or your iPod that we bought you for Christmas. You like to record your voice on the voice memo option on your iPod and watch and listen to the playback. Dad and I look at each other puzzled but it entertains you so we are happy. 
Getting you to eat anything new still challenging but I have started making pancakes and waffles on the weekend and as long as I put some chocolate chips in them you'll eat them. I'm calling it a win.

I know I say this ALL. THE. TIME. but I'm still having a hard time with how fast you are growing up. I can't believe you are 5. Keep surprising us. I love you Maximus! (Bumble Bee, Horse, Dog).

Love Always,

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Week In the Life 2014 - Saturday 11/1/14

 Here are my Saturday pictures. I'm excited to be done with this project. One more day. It has gone pretty fast though so no real complaints.

**All photos taken with my iPhone 6 and I'm doing this project digitally through Shutterfly. 

Week In the Life 2014 - Friday 10/31/14

Here are my Friday pictures.

All photos were taken with my iPhone 6 and I'm doing this project digitally through Shutterfly.