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A food processor will knead dough ingredients very quickly and easily. It will reduce the process to a few minutes, even cutting down the time of the a bread machine. Our testers found the results extremely reliable. One tester much preferred it to the bread machine because he was in charge all the way and never had a failure. By mixing and kneading in the food processor and allowing the dough to rise in the microwave, bagels can be ready for boiling in under a half hour. You can optionally use the microwave for the first rise for dough that has been mixed in the bread machine, by hand or with an electric mixer. Then work the flavoring ingredients into the dough after the first rise as you would for dough made in the bread machine. Either active dry yeast or fast-rising yeast can be used.

1. Mix ¼ of the liquid to 110-115 degrees in the microwave and add to the yeast and sugar in a small cup. Mix gently and let sit for 5 minutes. Pour remaining liquid in a cup and make it very cool, right out of the refrigerator, or add an ice cube.

2. Put the metal cutting blade into the food processor bowl. Measure flour and salt and put them into the processor bowl. Pulse tow or three times, just enough to mix the flour and salt. Add any oil or butter and pulse until it disappears, tow or three pulses.

NOTE: Most food processors can mix 3¼ to 3 ½ cups of flour.

However, it's possible to mix a larger or double batch of dough. If the machine balks, it will stop automatically. Let it cool down and restart it. Or divide dough in half and continue processing each half separately. When mixed, knead the two batches together.

3. Pour yeast mixture into flour through the feeding tube and pulse for another 5 or 10 seconds until it forms a ball. Pulse a few more times to knead. When dough appears to come away from sides, it is ready.

4. Remove dough from the processor bowl and hand-knead to remove any gases. Let it rest for about 5 minutes. If it's not elastic enough, add a few more drops of water; if it's still too sticky, add a sprinkle of flour until it is smooth, velvety and elastic. The first rise can be done in a microwave oven in about 15 minutes or in a bowl in a draft-free environment for about 1 hour. Microwave ovens vary in wattage, so the rise period and settings may vary. You may have to experiment.

To use a microwave oven, after the dough is kneaded, carefully remove it and the metal blade from the processor bowl. Form dough into a rectangle long enough to wrap once around the processor bowl. Grease dough with oil or nonstick vegetable spray, but do not cover bowl.

(Be sure the bowl has no metal parts.) Place the bowl in the microwave.

Method 1: Microwave on LOW (30%), or DEFROST (about 30%), for 1 minute. Let rest for 10 minutes. Repeat microwaving and resting 1 to 2 times, until the dough has doubled in size. Test with your fingers until a dent remains. If the dough springs back and dough has not doubled, microwave once more for a few minutes until a dent does remain and dough appears doubled in size.

Method 2: Or, place dough in the processor bowl as instructed.

Position an 8-ounce microwave-safe cup filled with water in the back corner of the microwave. cover the processor bowl lightly with a damp tea towel or plastic wrap and place it in the microwave on LOW (30%), or DEFROST (30%) setting. Heat for 3 minutes, rest for 3 minutes, heat for 3 minutes and rest for 6 minutes, repeating the 3-minute heat and the 6-minute rest once or twice if necessary, until dough has doubled in bulk.

To allow dough to rise in a draft free environment, place dough in a large bowl lightly oiled with vegetable oil. Turn dough so all surfaces are greased. Cover with plastic wrap sprayed with nonstick vegetable spray and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 to 2 hours.

Proceed to Step 2: Shape Bagels.


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