Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Bread Baker’s Apprentice: CHALLENGE #3 Bagels


Ok now for my try at the 3rd recipe for bagels. CALLING ALL PRO'S! I have a question so please read through. :)
This was quite an experience for me. I normally do just bread. LOL. Well, I have tried baguettes once, cinnamon rolls and a boule but that's it.
I made the raisin/cinnamon bagels and put cinnamon sugar on the
tops. I find that they are VERY chewy and a tad doughy. Not doughy as in undercooked but you know doughy. I like them but I don't love them. I guess I'm use to the stale harder dried out ones in the store. My daughter in law stopped in and tried one and loved them. :)
As you can see in the photos half of the bagels have a rounded look and others are flat. Why did some of them flatten out like that?
I boiled one minute each side and baked for the total of 10 minutes.
Of course I did my signature "S" in a bagel. LOL!
Would you call these a success or not????
:o)
Are we having fun yet??? "YES"!


42 comments:

  1. I would say success! Anything home made = sucess. I think they look yummy. Looking forward to trying. I will be outdoors in a primitive setting but...we'll see! Wish me luck!! Happy baking...on to Brioche!!

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  2. They look yummy!!! Love the signature "S" bagel!!

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  3. peteeatemall,
    Thanks so very much.
    Outdoors making bagels? That sounds interesting. GOOD LUCK!
    Brioche? OH NO!
    Susie@tryingnewthings.com.........LOL

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  4. They look like a success to me! I've only made bagels once in my life, so I'm not expert. I'll leave it someone else to answer your questions! :-)

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  5. Cat,
    :) Thanks for thinking they look yummy and for loving the "S".
    Susie

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  6. Nicole,
    Thanks. :) I just thought they should be puffier.
    You'll be making them again soon.
    Susie

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  7. They look delicious! I love your "S" bagel... I admit I'm a bit intimidated by the bagel challenge... I hope they come out as well as the first two!

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  8. They look good to me. (But I am not a professional) Funny you had the same thing on yours that I did PB&J.

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  9. Catherine,
    Thanks for saying they look delicious and that you like the "S" bagel. I was intimidated too but it wasn't all that bad. I would just like a less chewy bagel and don't know how they got so chewy. :)
    You'll do great. :)
    Susie

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  10. Sean,
    Well, I didn't mean professional/professional, I mean someone who knows a little of what they are doing.
    What else is there besides PB & J? :)
    Thanks Sean,
    Susie

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  11. I don't care what they look like......as long as they taste good and they did. haha

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  12. Susie....cream cheese. lol. I love raisin bagels. If I knew you had these I would have stopped at your place on the way to work instead of P&C this morning! They look great!

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  13. WOW, those cinnamon raisin bagels look amazing! I was thinking to do savory ones, but I may have to attempt this version with at least half my batch! YUM.

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  14. Nice "S"! It's such a great shape. ;)
    As to the "chewy" part, I noted that as well (in the past, I'm baking Artos tomorrow). Since I'm from the left coast, I don't really know from bagels, but I have read everywhere that *real bagels* are supposed to be chewy and dense. I do like these!
    Great baking with you!

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  15. Thanks husband of my youth. :)
    Susie

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  16. HoneyB,
    Yes...cream cheese. I did try one last night with cream cheese. Very tasty.
    You could have stopped in yesterday morning but I didn't have them done then. :o)
    Thanks,
    Susie

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  17. Sara,
    Thanks! They are pretty tasty. Half gone already. I got 14 from the batch. :)
    Have fun,
    Susie

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  18. Saara,
    Thanks for liking my "S"!
    I'm going to try Libby's bagels next time. They are egg based and not so chewy. They are actually called "Libby's Senior Citizen Bagels". LOL! I love her blog.
    http://attheveryyeast.blogspot.com/2009/05/fear-of-bagling-primer-for-beginners.html
    Susie

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  19. I think they look great! Being Brought up on Montreal bagels, I like them chewy.
    Good work!

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  20. Penny,
    Thanks! You aren't really all that far from me. :)
    Next time I think I will bake them more.
    Susie

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  21. I think they look fabulous Susie! (I was wondering how you were going to get your trademark "S" worked into the bagel theme...lol)

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  22. Mags,
    LOL, I almost forgot the "S". The bagels had been in the fridge for a few hours and I thought to go grab one and shape it. LOL.
    I wonder what I can come up with for the next one.
    Thanks for saying they look fabulous.
    Susie

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  23. S-shaped bagel, yes!:)

    It is a success if it is chewy because I prefer my bagels chewy.:D

    I will bake mine tomorrow for brunch, they're happily resting in the fridge.:)

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  24. Oggi,
    Well, it was a success then because they were chewy. :)
    Can't wait to see yours,
    Susie

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  25. Susie, Bagels look delicious. I made bagels once, but thought they were a lot of work. They were good, though.

    Helene

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  26. Helene,
    Thanks. Ya they are kinda time consuming but tasty. :) The family gobbled them all up in two days.
    Susie

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  27. Looks pretty successful to me. Those would be gone in no time with my two 16 year old sons around...no time at all with some of the fellow swimmers dropping by! Great job.

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  28. Kayte,
    Thanks, they did disappear pretty quick.
    :)
    Susie

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  29. Susie, the chewiness comes mainly from the boiling stage. As some have noted, "real" bagels are supposed to be chewy and dense. If you don't want them as chewy, try boiling for less time - maybe 30 seconds each side.

    Love your blog!!

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  30. gaarp,
    Thanks for letting me know that I could even boil less. :) I did the least amount that Peter said to use.
    I think I may not have baked them long enough.
    Thanks for loving my blog. It is so new. :)
    Susie

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  31. Pulling from what I remember in my first bagels, I agree with gaaarp: less boil = less chewy. Bake longer for the doughy. They should be dense (very tight crumb).
    I'm impressed with the uniformity of yours ... well except for that lovely S hehe!!!
    I'd say they were a huge success!!!

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  32. MyKitchenInHalfCups,
    Thanks for the tips. I 'will' make them again sometime and try the 30 second boil and will bake them longer.
    I weighed every single dough ball maybe that is why they look uniform.
    Thanks for liking them and the "S". :o)
    Susie

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  33. I keep looking for an S to make an appearance in every dish.

    Getting ready to attempt them this weekend so hopefully I can have a success.

    Great tips in the comments so happy I read through them.

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  34. they look great! i might try your variation next time, maybe a cinnamon bagel with no raisins though.

    good job!

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  35. Catherine,
    Thanks! I would think the flavored ones would be better than plain but I haven't made the plain yet either. :)
    Appreciate it,
    Susie

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  36. Jeff,
    LOL, I am silly about the "S". I just got the Brioche done. You wait.............HA HA HA!
    Thanks a lot,
    Susie

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  37. I'd say it was a success. Too bad you don't like them though!!! Maybe try them again sometime and just make the plain ones?

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  38. Judy,
    Thanks! They were ok. I loved the flavor. I think I boiled them a tad too long and didn't bake them long enough. I will try them again.
    Susie

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  39. Hey Susie,
    Your bagels look fantastic! Makes me want to try the cinnamon raisin next time.

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  40. mmmbiscuits,
    Thanks!
    I plan to try them again but probably not until cooler weather. :)
    Susie

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