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Water Bagels


From EatingWell:  March/April 1996

These classic bagels are also known as New York bagels. If the secret ingredient, as New Yorkers always contend, is indeed the water, out-of-town bakers are out of luck. However, minus the Hudson River, these bagels are still a good replica of the bagels many think of as the definitive model.

12 three-ounce bagels | Active Time: 45 minutes | Total Time: 1 1/2 hours


Bagel Dough

Kettle Water



  1. To make bagel dough & shape bagels: Whisk 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water, yeast, sugar, 2 teaspoons malt syrup (or powder), if using, and oil in a large bowl until the yeast dissolves. Stir in 1 cup flour. Then stir in 1 tablespoon salt and enough additional flour to make a soft dough, about 2 1/2 cups.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead, gradually incorporating more flour, until the dough is smooth and quite firm, 10 to 12 minutes. Cover with a towel and let rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Divide the dough into 12 pieces; roll each piece into a 10-inch-long rope. Form into bagels by overlapping the ends up 1 inch. Pinch ends together firmly. Set bagels aside, uncovered, to rise until slightly puffy, about 20 minutes.
  4. To kettle & bake bagels: Meanwhile, preheat oven to 450°F. Line 1 large or 2 small baking sheets with parchment paper, sprinkle with cornmeal and set aside. Bring water, 2 tablespoons malt, if using, and 1 teaspoon salt to a boil in a large pot. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer.
  5. Slip several risen bagels at a time into the pot"the water should be at a healthy simmer. Cook for 45 seconds, turn them over with a slotted spoon or tongs, and cook for 45 seconds longer. Drain the bagels on a clean dish towel and place on the prepared baking sheet(s). Sprinkle with topping, if using. Place the bagels in the oven, reduce heat to 425°F and bake for 15 minutes. Turn over and bake until golden brown, about 5 more minutes. Variations To the dough, mix in 1 cup dried or chopped frozen cranberries or 3/4 cup dried cherries or 1/4 cup chopped nuts or 1 to 3 teaspoons chopped fresh herbs or 1 to 2 teaspoons grated citrus zest.


Per serving : 155 Calories; 1 g Fat; 0 g Sat; 1 g Mono; 0 mg Cholesterol; 32 g Carbohydrates; 6 g Protein; 1 g Fiber; 305 mg Sodium; 69 mg Potassium

2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 2 starch

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