How to Make A New Yorker Style American Bagel

American Bagel

An American Bagel is a perfect breakfast treat. It has the most beautiful, shiny crust with just enough hardness to it and an incredibly glaze-covered exterior that will make your mouth water in anticipation of tasting this big juicy piece! The inside tastes sweet yet tangy thanks again to those long hours spent boiling loaves before baking them into perfection; not too doughy at all–just chewy enough so you can bite through without worrying about breaking teeth over some tough old stale loaf as they do back home. 

Bagels are a breakfast staple, and these NY bagels will have your mouth watering before they even hit the table. With only six ingredients (not including salt) that you probably already have in stock at home or work- this recipe couldn’t be easier! They’re also freezer friendly so it’s super simple to whip up another batch on mornings when time just doesn’t permit making fresh bread from scratch right away.

The Necessary Ingredients

  • Sugar or any sweetener: For this recipe, you will need sugar to activate the yeast and help create an environment suitable for poaching liquid. I used maple syrup in my mixture as it has natural sweeteners which make these NY bagels taste delicious without any added chemicals or artificial flavors! However, if you prefer something else then feel free to use unrefined cane juice instead with either barley malt syrup/granulated sugars of your choice.
  • Water: I use cool water to activate the yeast. The perfect temperature for my needs is between 40-46ºC/105 -115 °F.
  • A Good Yeast: You can use fresh yeast for a more natural, less processed flavor. But if you want your bagels to rise quicker and have the perfect texture (not too sticky or dry), then I recommend active dry yeast in this recipe!
  • Salt: Sea salt is perfect.
  • Flour
  • Eggs: Egg is a common ingredient for achieving that “glazed” look. For bagels, it’s important to use an egg wash because eggs give them the right consistency and shine without being too heavy or wet-looking; but if you want vegan options then try using natural oils like grapeseed oil instead!
  • Oil
  • Topping options for an everything bagel are far-reaching. You can add caraway seeds, cinnamon sugar, or coarse salt to your liking and even minced fresh garlic or onion on top of that if you’re feeling extra adventurous!

How To Make A Delicious American Bagel

Let’s get started on the steps

Ensure that your yeast is activated

In a bowl, combine the yeast with warm water that is between 40-46ºC/105 -115 ºF. Then set it aside for five minutes while it bubbles up and becomes frothier than usual!

Start Mixing Your Dough

Kneading the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic can be a little tricky, but if you find that your creation is too dry then add just one tiny bit more water. Once kneaded into shape form into an 8-inch diameter ball before letting rest for 30 minutes to raise another time!

Allow Your Dough Rise

Let your dough rest for 1 hour in a warm area before cooking it. This allows the yeast to work its magic, making sure that all of those little carbs are turned into mummies! If resting isn’t an option then don’t worry: just score and let rise as usual or cold-proof with some oil on hand too- either way, these will be delicious loaves once cooked!”

Shape Your Dough Properly

Once the dough has doubled in size, you need to deflation it with just 30 seconds of kneading. For perfectly round bagels that are evenly weighed out according to their weight per piece (100g/3.5oz), divide each segment into 13 equal parts before shaping them into buns!

The easiest way to shape bagels is by forming them into balls and pressing a finger or thumb into the center of each circle. Once shaped, set back on a kitchen towel for 10 more minutes before baking!

Time To Start Boiling Your American Bagel

After the bagels have rested,  bring a large pot of water and cane sugar to boil in your home’s kitchen. Once it begins boiling reduce heat so they can simmer as opposed to Boiling which makes them expand more than ever before! Gently lower each batch into this sweetened liquid with one side touching the bottom (20 seconds per batch). Leave alone for 15 minutes then remove from pan using slotted spoon or skimmer; let cool on a wire rack until ready use- delicious fresh outta oven!!

Add Your Preferred Toppings

Gently brush the bagels with an egg wash or any plant-based milk. You should use oil for vegan bagels. Then top off your creation by sprinkling on some seeds, whatever flavorings you prefer.

Start Baking

Bake the bagels in an oven at 240 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes and then spin their tray, so that the front side is now towards the back. Continue baking until golden brown 6-10 more seconds total time. Once it is baked, you can now relax on your cushion and enjoy.

More Tips

  • One of the best ways to make delicious, fluffy homemade American Bagels is with an electric mixer. It will take about ten minutes for you to mix and knead the dough until it has absorbed all the ingredients properly so that nice smooth consistency forms.
  • You can also season your inside by adding some Italian seasoning or garlic & herb mixture on top–or whatever else suits your taste buds!
  • You can make your bagels by using high-protein white flour. We wouldn’t recommend using too much whole wheat, but you could add in some barley malt for that traditional taste! You might also want to reduce the amount of water when making these tasty treats so they don’t become tough and dry like authentic hungry man’s breakfast (I mean lunch) material.
  • Using instant yeast: Instant yeast is much more convenient than trying to find and purchase fresh active dry or liquid forms. Use 1/4th as much instant yeast for every cup ( fluid) of flour in your recipe, but if you’re using canned goods then just follow the directions on their package!

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