There was no school on Monday and the boys decided that bagels would be a fun way to pass the time while Louise napped. They helped mix, stir and play with the dough while they sat perched on the kitchen stools. Later in the afternoon we formed the dough into little balls and let them nap under their saran wrap blanket for about 20 minutes.
With a finger inserted into the middle and a little twirl of the wrist, they quickly transformed themselves into bagel look-alikes, or maybe donuts headed for the grease.
After two minutes boiling on the first side and another minute on the other, you take them out of the water to rest on a lightly floured dish towel. They dry out a bit and the moisture is absorbed by the flour and the towel. At this point, you top them with sesame seeds, poppy seeds or whatever strikes your fancy.
They bake at 400 degrees on a pre-heated pizza stone for twenty minutes. I didn't think it would be possible to replicate the chewy texture of a bagel or the slightly rubbery outside... but Zoe and Jeff lead the way. A lot of work? Yes. Worth it? Maybe. Fun? Oh yeah.
What's your favorite flavor?
p.s. If you're just getting started with baking the Five Minutes a Day way, make sure to take a peek over here. Zoe is baking her way back through the book and offering tips for new bakers.