Bagels are tricky. If you don’t get them “just so”, they are merely rolls with holes in the middle of them. 99% of bagels are such, and really not worth you wasting your daily carb allotment to eat one.
Like croissants, I’ve had a couple failures. Bagel dough is very dense, and it needs structure. I’ve used Peter Reinhart’s sourdough bagel recipe, had some success; but the resulting bagel didn’t rise enough and they were too flat for my liking. They tasted good, but they were not quite right.
In today’s experiment, I’ll be using a modified version of a recipe from Baron Bagels as posted in the New York Times (I do love the NYT cooking website), http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1014445-baron-bagels?action=click&module=Local+Search+Recipe+Card&pgType=search&rank=1.
Like Reinhart’s recipe, I’ll be using a combo of sourdough starter and commercial yeast. I expanded my starter last night and it’s ready to go- just as soon as I finish my 4th cup of coffee.
Wish me luck!!