I decided last time I was at Sam's that I wanted to start making most of our bread products from scratch because you can buy HUGE bags of flour for next to nothing, as long as you have somewhere to store it and use it in a relatively fast amount of time. (Like 6 months) I have been baking a TON lately since I bought 25 lbs of bread flour and 25 lbs of regular flour. I also bought 2lbs of yeast!! It was only $4...one of those packets with 3 uses is $2...so I figured even if I don't use it all, I will use enough and not have to buy any for a LONG time!!
Here is the Bagel recipe- Kelly has given me permission to share it- she made it up herself because she is just awesome!
Plain Bagels (makes about 13-14 bagels):
1. 1 1/2 cups warm water
2. 3 tbs sugar
3. 1 tsp salt
4. 3 1/4 cups bread flour
5. 3 tbs wheat gluten (I found this at Sunflower Market- it is Bob's Red Mill brand)
6. 1 cup all purpose flour
7. 3 tsp yeast
In bread machine, combine ingredients as listed and run through the dough cycle.
Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and cut into 13-14 portions, shape into smooth balls.
Poke a hole in the center with your finger, and gently enlarge the hole while working the bagel into a uniform shape.
Put on a lightly floured or cornmeal-covered surface. Cover, let rise 30-45 minutes.
Meanwhile, start a gallon of water boiling. Add 1 tbs molasses or oil, mix it around a bit after water boils before putting bagels in. Reduce to simmering.
Put 3 or 4 bagels into the water, and cook 7 minutes, turning once. Drain them.
Place on a greased baking sheet, and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven.
And there you have it!!! ENJOY!!! (and now I have to go make more cause the kids are requesting them!!!)