Sesame seed bagels

Yield: 1 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 teaspoon Sugar
1 cup Warm water
1 tablespoon Dry yeast
2 \N Eggs
16 cups Water
½ cup Sesame or poppy seeds
1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
3½ cup All-purpose flour (approx)
2 teaspoons Salt
2 tablespoons Sugar
1 \N Egg, beaten

MM BY HELEN PEAGRAM

POACHING LIQUID

GLAZE

1. In a large bowl, dissolve 1 tsp sugar in water. Sprinkle yeast over top. Let stand for 10 minutes til frothy. Whisk in eggs with oil. Beat in 2 cups of the flour, sugar and salt until smooth.

Gradually stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a soft but not sticky dough.

2. Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 8-10 minutes til smooth and elastic and dough springs back when poked with finger. Place in a greased bowl, turning to grease all over. Cover with plastic wrap and tea towel. Let rise in warm place for 1 -1½ hours or til doubled in bulk.

3. Punch down; knead several times. Divide into 12 equal pieces.

Roll each into a 12 inch rope, covering pieces with towel while working.

4. Bring ends of dough together, overlapping by about 1 inch and stretching overlap around other end to meet underneath. Pinch firmly to seal. NOTE: Unless ends are pinched together very firmly, they will come apart in the water.

5. Poaching liquid. In a wide saucepan, bring water to a boil; add sugar. Slip bagels into water, 3-4 at a time; cook over medium heat for 1 minute. Using slotted spoon or spatula, remove bagels to well greased or parchment lined baking sheets.

6. Glaze: Place sesame seeds in a dish. Brush bagels with egg. Dip bagels in seeds. Return to baking sheet. Bake at 400 F for 20-25 minutes or til tops are golden and bottoms sound hollow when tapped.

Transfer to a rack to cool.

Variation:

Whole wheat Cinnamon Raisin Bagels: Substitute 1 cup whole wheat flour for all purpose. Increase 2 Tb sugar to ¼ cup. Stir in 2 ts cinnamon along with eggs. After punching down dough, thoroughly knead in 1 cup raisins. Omit sesame seeds.

Canadian Living Nov/93

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