I have a total weakness for bread. This morning I told myself that I should try to be gluten-free until dinnertime, and then I’ll allow myself some bread or pasta or something of the sort; but, then I remembered I had a big basket of bagels sitting on the kitchen table and there went that resolution! I texted Kev yesterday that we need a get a lock box that only he knows the code to so I can put all my food temptations in it during the day while he’s at work. Seriously, how is it humanly possible to be in the same room as a basket of bagels and not indulge??
I don’t make fresh bread nearly enough and my guess is that you don’t either. We really do have it so easy, being able to go to the store and buy whatever we need, but sometimes I think we’re missing out. I often wish I lived in the pioneer days, or even the days before convenience food became a thing. Everything was so much more fresh, and meals were enjoyed much more, because it took a huge amount of love and care and effort to prepare them.
Can you imagine coming home from school or work everyday to the smell of freshly baked bread? Maybe a pie sitting on the windowsill or some fresh-squeezed lemonade in the icebox? It seems like such an ideal lifestyle in my mind, but then again, we have conveniences that people in that day would have killed for. This week while I’ve been cooking I’ve been trying to slow down and enjoy the process more. So often I find myself trying to rush the process and take for granted the beautiful ingredients and food I get to create!
Netflix has a new documentary right now called Cooked that I highly recommend checking out if you want to take a step back and learn how our cooking processes have evolved. It’s only 4 episodes long and covers all the basic elements of cooking: Fire, water, air, and earth. It’s very enlightening and the cinematography is so well done.
Take some time for yourself this week. If you love to cook but feel like you just don’t have the time, carve out a few minutes to try a new recipe. Enjoy the process rather than just speeding straight to the result. The best part is, when you slow down and love your ingredients, it turns into a one-of-a-kind homemade dish that tastes so much better because it was you who put so much love and labor into every step.
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (plus more for sprinkling on bagels)
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading
- 1 1/2 cups wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons dried rosemary
- 2 cloves garlic
- **Cheddar cheese, optional
- Start by mixing yeast, sugar, and warm water in mixing bowl of stand mixer or in stand alone bowl if you’re choosing to mix your bagels by hand. Let yeast stand for 5 minutes.
- While yeast is blooming, mince garlic cloves then add 1 tablespoon olive oil to small skillet and saute garlic for 1-2 minutes, until just starting to brown.
- Add remaining olive oil, kosher salt, flours, dried rosemary, and minced, toasted garlic to mixing bowl with yeast. Mix well, either with your dough hook or with a wooden spoon until flour is all combined and dough is sticky but pulling away the sides of the bowl. If dough is too sticky, knead in a bit more flour.
- Brush large bowl with olive oil, form dough into a ball and place in the bowl, then cover with cloth and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour
- After dough has doubled in size, remove from bowl and place on flat work surface. Cut dough into 12-16 pieces, depending on how big you would like your bagels.
- Form dough pieces into balls and let rest on work surface for 10 minutes.
- To form bagels, punch hole in middle of dough ball and stretch to form a bagel shape.
- Let rest for another 30 minutes.
- Bring large pot of water to a boil and place bagels in the water (they will float). Boil for 1 minute on each side and then remove with slotted spoon.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Prepare large baking sheet by spraying with cooking spray and then sprinkling liberally with kosher salt.
- Place boiled bagels on baking sheet and sprinkle with more kosher salt.
- If you would like to make your bagels cheesy, sprinkle with cheddar cheese at this time.
- Bake for 13-15 minutes.
- Store in airtight container in a cool space.
- Prep Time: 2 hours
- Cook Time: 15 mins