The Ultimate Bagel Handbook:

A Step-by-Step Recipe Guide

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Step 1

The first crucial step in crafting the perfect bagel lies in selecting and gathering the right ingredients:  Flour, Yeast, Sugar and salt, Water, Malt.

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Ingredients

Step 2

Once you have all the ingredients mixed, it’s time to move on to the kneading. Kneading is an important process that is critical in creating the perfect texture for your bagel.

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Kneading the Dough

Step 3

Once the dough has been kneaded, place it in a well-oiled bowl, covered with a damp cloth, and leave it in a warm, draught-free environment. This is where fermentation will take place.

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Fermentation and Proofing

Step 4

To boil your bagels, fill a large pot with water, ensuring there’s enough space for the bagels to float freely without overcrowding. For added flavour and crust development, add malt syrup or honey to a pot of water.

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Boiling the Bagels

Step 5

Place the boiled and optionally topped bagels on a parchment-lined baking sheet or directly on a baking stone if you have one. The parchment paper helps prevent sticking and facilitates easy clean-up.

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Baking the Bagels

Step 6

A freshly baked bagel is not truly complete without toppings and spreads. While classics like cream cheese and lox have long held the spotlight, there are a wide variety of toppings and spreads that you can explore.

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Bagel Toppings and Spreads

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