I know what you're thinking. I thought it too, when I first made homemade bagels
. "This recipe looks ridiculous/impossible!" I'll tell you what; It's neither. Then you might say, "I don't have this kind of time!" Well, that might be the case -- so you think - but that's not entirely valid, either.
Any more excuses? No? Good. Let's make bagels
Believe me, when I first saw this recipe in The Bread Bible (which is literally a heavenly cookbook of all things bread, thanks to one Rose Levy Berenbaum) my jaw dropped. "This looks ridiculous!" I said. "This looks impossible!" I said. "I don't have this kind of time!" I also said. But, after researching and thoroughly studying this seemingly ridiculous/impossible/timely recipe, I realized that bagels aren't all that difficult to make. Once you decide to take the plunge, you'll realize it too. And trust me: You'll be thankful you did, as these are the tastiest bagels.
OK, I have to admit that despite the ease of making these bagels, there is a bit of time and patience involved. Though it won't literally take you days to make these with constant attentiveness, it may take you the better part of an afternoon. But it's worth it, to have homemade bagels at your breakfast (or lunch, or dinner) table, all warm and chewy and delicious.
These are no ordinary bagels -- they taste nothing like those cakey, flavorless varieties you'll find in tube-shaped bags at the grocery store. These bagels have a crust and a textural heaviness to them, and the savory flavor is incomparable. Topped with seeds (as I did), minced onions or just a hint of sea salt, after you delve into this bagel recipe, you'll soon be finding all sorts of time to make bagels from scratch.
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