I want to say I've been working on creating the Best Basic Bagel recipe for months but in reality, it's been years in the making. I started on my bagel quest way back in 2013 by taking on an overly complicated bagel recipe and hosting a bagels and bloodies brunch party with my gal pals. We undoubtably had a nice time. The bagels were good enough but there was a lot of room for improvement.
Over the years, I've occasionally tried various bagel recipes that I've found on the internet. Some were fine, some were good but none I would call great. Then I skipped out on my bagel obsession for a bit and focused on pretzels, which resulted in my all time favorite Dill Pretzels with Cider Cheese Dip. It was a delightful detour. I've now hopped back on the bagel bandwagon and after working that dough for months, I can sincerely say this recipe for my Best Basic Bagels is exceptional. I prefer these little chewy bagels over some of my favorite bagel shops in the country and that's saying a hole lot. Do you see what I did there?
Here's the thing you need to know about bagels, they are basic at their core. Bagels only use a handful of ingredients but the ingredients matter. Some recipes call for lye and I'm not gonna lie, that's too much to deal with. Who wants to mess with a caustic chemical when the same results can be achieved with my much simpler Best Basic Bagel recipe?
The base of my Best Basic Bagels only involves these key ingredients:
- Bread flour, for that chewy texture. The Bob's Red Mill Artisan Bread Flour is a super solid and consistently reliable choice here.
- Active dry yeast, to help them rise. Bob's Red Mill also has Active Dry Yeast, betcha didn't know that!
- Luke warm water, to hydrate and get that yeast all activated.
- Date syrup, barley malt, honey or sugar, to give them that golden, chewy exterior.
- Baking soda, also helps get that sexy skin.
- Salt, for flavor baby!
- And whatever toppings you like. Get wild!
I am not going to sit here and tell you that making a batch of bagels is a breeze. But, this recipe for the Best Basic Bagels is pretty simple. The recipe may look long and intimidating, but that's because it's extra detailed and descriptive. I offer 2 different, step-by-step options for shaping the bagels so you can choose your own adventure!
- Method 1 - Poke & Spin
- Method 2 - Tuck & Roll
Making these Best Basic Bagels is a bit of a commitment. They take time, like 24 hours. But most of that time is passive and the process of mixing, shaping, boiling and baking the bagels is actually fairly quick. Well, other than the long and laborious 8 minutes of kneading that bagel dough by hand. But I like to think of it as therapy. Working dough is a tried and true way to sorting through your issues. I speak from experience.
I worked hard to get this recipe for the Best Basic Bagels just right for you! And I am excited to share it with the world. Follow this bagel recipe and I am confident you will be a bagel rolling pro in no time.
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