Saturday, May 2, 2015

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Baking With Preschoolers: Homemade Bagel Recipe!

These homemade bagels are super easy and so much fun for kids to make!


Plus, it exercises their fine motor muscles and tastes delicious!  Our kids had a blast making their own bagel sandwiches afterwards!

Ingredients for Awesome Homemade Bagel Recipe:

* 1 1/2 cups warm water (about 105 degrees F)
* 1 tablespoon water for egg wash
* 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
* 4 cups white flour
* 2 teaspoons salt
* 2 tablespoons honey
* 4 teaspoons sugar
* 1 large egg white for egg wash
* optional toppings like course salt, sesame seeds, etc.

Directions for Awesome Homemade Bagels:

1.  Let your children add the warm water, yeast, honey, and sugar in a stand mixer.  I used a Kitchen Aid.  Allow 5-10 minutes for the yeast to grow.

2.  Once the yeast/sugar/water has started to bubble or froth, help your kiddos add the flour and salt.  Mix with a kneading attachment on low for 1-2 minutes, or until the flour is all moist.  Mix with the same kneading attachment on 3 for about 6-8 more minutes.  If the dough is sticky, add up to 1/2 cup more flour.  Let the dough rest for about 20 minutes in a lightly greased bowl.

3.  Working on a lightly floured surface, divide the dough into 12 pieces.  Let your children roll each piece into a rope about as long as their arm (8-10 inches).  Overlap the ends by about an inch and press/pinch it together until you do not have a seam anymore.  You may need to pull the bagel shape a little so you have a nice "hole" in the middle that is at least as big as a quarter.  Let the bagels rest for another 10 minutes while you prepare step 4.

4.  Heat a large frying pan full of water until it boils.  Turn the heat down to maintain a constant simmer.  Also turn the oven on to 425 degrees F.  Set a cooling rack on a cookie sheet near the stove.  Line another cookie sheet with parchment paper and grease it.

5.  Place 2-3 bagels in the frying pan.  They should float.  Cook for 30-60 seconds on each side.  The bagel will look more round and slightly wrinkled.  Use a spatula to transfer the bagels to the cooling rack to drip for a couple minutes.

6.  Mix one egg white with 1 tablespoon water and beat thoroughly.

7.  Carefully set each bagel on the parchment paper and brush with the egg white/water mixture.  Sprinkle any toppings you choose on top of the bagels.

8.  Cook for 10-20 minutes.  You can rotate the tray half way through.  You want the bagels to get a very light brown crust, but still be soft and chewy on the inside.  Ours were perfect at 15 minutes.  When they're cooked, transfer to a cooling rack to cool!

We made sandwiches with ours and absolutely loved them!!

Have you ever made bagels before?

This recipe was adapted from here.

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Alison P. said...

I have wanted to make bagels forever. I think that this sounds amazing. If we make them together, there is a chance that my son will even eat them!!! Thanks for the great recipe.