This recipe gives about 50 bagels so reserve a lot of time for making them – maybe you could have a bagel day!
For the dough you need:
1 liter of water
50 grams of live yeast
1 tablespoon of salt
2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
4 tablespoons of melted butter or tasteless oil
2 kilograms of all-purpose wheat flour
For boiling you need:
A large kettle
2 liters of water
2 tablespoons of salt or 2 tablespoons of honey
One responsible adult who takes care of cooking and baking!
For glazing you need:
Sesame or poppy seeds
Dissolve the yeast into lukewarm water. Stir in the salt and sugar using a wooden fork or equivalent. Add flour gradually. Use a tool for stirring in the beginning. When the dough becomes heavy, use your hand to stir in the flour. Knead the dough until it becomes smooth and stretchy. Then add the melted butter or tasteless oil and knead for a moment so that all surfaces of the dough are covered with grease.
Allow the dough to rise in a drought-free, warm place until it has doubled in size.
After rising, punch the dough down, knead it several times and roll into a large oval. Cut the oval dough into five pieces. Keep any dough that you are not working on covered with a kitchen towel or equivalent to keep drought away. Roll a piece of dough into a pipe. Cut it into ten pieces. Roll each piece into a pipe about as thin as a finger.
The easiest way to make a bagel is to wrap the pipe around your hand and to use both hands to roll the ends together. This will make the seal strong. Place the bagel on a baking sheet and cover it. Let the bagels rise under a cover for about 15 minutes.
Heat the water in the kettle and stir in salt or honey.
Carefully place a couple of bagels into the boiling water. Boil the bagels for one minute on each side. Carefully lift the bagels with a slotted spoon onto a baking sheet. Brush the bagels with egg and sprinkle sesame or poppy seeds on top.
Bake in the oven in 200 degrees Celsius or 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes, until the tops become golden brown.
Enjoy bagels as such or fill them.
Bagels cooked in salt water can be sliced and filled with, for example, butter, cucumber and tomato.
Bagels cooked in honey water can be sliced and filled with, for example, jam or berries and whipped cream.
In any case, it is always best to enjoy them in good company!