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Homemade bagels

Today we made bagels – our first attempt and after the results they won’t be our last.  They were fun and easy to make, beautiful with their caramel sheen, and utterly scrumptious.  I followed this bagel recipe and have included my thoughts on it below.

We started by making the dough – the recipe called for putting all the dry ingredients (bread flour, yeast, sugar and salt) into a food processor and briefly mixing, followed by the hot water.  I used my lovely new Christmas present (the L’Equip 428 Mill Blender) and that worked ok enough, but I’m sure you could do it by hand if you don’t have a mixer.

Instead of covering in clingfilm, we used one of our trusty hotel shower caps (they work brilliantly!) and left it to rise for an hour – this is what it looked like 60 minutes later…

Risen bagel dough

You turn the dough out onto your floured worktop and press it down ‘to expel any gases’.  Next you cut the dough into 10 equal pieces – these will shortly become your bagels.

Bagel dough

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It’s been over two weeks since I’ve posted anything – which is terrible, and the opposite of what a blog should be.  I have been flat-out at work organising a big conference which starts in just over a week.  Co-ordinating 90 delegates and a further 40-50 contributors, not to mention the logistics of room allocations, menu choices, and who’s staying where, has quite literally sapped me of all my energy.  Coming home has involved a quick dinner then slumping in front of the TV in a bid to switch off from work.

Christmas seems so far away now.  The aftermath of Christmas dinner has faded…

aftermath of Christmas Day lunch

aftermath of Christmas Day lunch

Granny’s gluten-free mince pies are a distant memory…

homemade gluten-free mince pies

homemade gluten-free mince pies

Little sisters are back at school and studying hard…

my little sister

my little sister

And there’s not a crumb left of the turkey and cranberry Boxing Day bagels…

turkey and cranberry Boxing Day bagels

turkey and cranberry Boxing Day bagels

But, I have seen my first snowdrops and spring is on its way.

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