Cinnamon Raisin Bagels
Who doesn’t love a good bagel? I used to eat bagels all the time in college and I never considered making a homemade bagel until I saw Lindsay’s July Kitchen Challenge. Having never worked with yeast before, I was quite nervous of how this would turn out but excited at the same time to finally use the dough hook that came with my kitchenaid mixer almost a year ago.
So of course, I decided to make my favorite kind; cinnamon raisin! After reading several recipes and how-to videos, I settled on a recipe from Peter Reinhart’s Artisan Breads Every Day found on Epicurious. The recipe highlights most of the important steps that goes into making a soft, chewy bagel; including making a dough sponge that is chilled overnight and then boiled before baking. There are a few shortcut recipes around but I wanted to have the whole experience if I was going to do this.
Bagels are made with high-gluten flour or bread flour and it’s the extra gluten in the flour that gives it that distinctively chewy texture that we all love so much. The process of making bagels starts with making the dough, which after kneading should be silky and not-sticky. You will then allow the dough to rise at room temperature for an hour or two before shaping the bagels and chilling overnight.
Did you know that bagels are boiled? Yes, they are boiled before baking. After chilling the dough, the bagels are subjected to a floating test and then boiled for 2-3 minutes. This boiling, in addition to the high gluten, makes bagels chewy and crusty. I never knew that! The things you learn in the kitchen!
The end result are very soft, chewy and crisp bagels. I loved the faint flavor of cinnamon and the juicy raisins in every bite. I love my bagels un-toasted with cream cheese (weird I’ve been told) and that’s exactly how I had my first taste!!
My verdict: It may have taken two days, but the process is not very involved and quite straightforward. Making the dough as a first timer took some time but once I got over the fact that my kitchenaid mixer (poor Suzy!) wasn’t going to explode, it was simple. We enjoyed our soft cinnamon raisin bagels very much. I will be making more bread in my kitchen after this experience. Of course, knowing me, my beginner’s luck will run out the next time (ahemm macarons) but stay tuned for more bagels in the future because the flavor combinations are endless!
You can find the detailed cinnamon raisin bagel recipe on Epicurious. I followed the instructions closely as possible. I found the first method of shaping the bagels worked best for my tiny hands.
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I almost made bagels today, but decided not to turn my oven on again and give my poor A/C a break. Those look bagels look delicious 🙂
You need to soon Lisa. Plus the oven is only on for 30 minutes 😉
These look awesome! I need to make some bagels in a few weeks so I’m going to give these a whirl 🙂 Come link up at our On Display Monday party tomorrow morning. http://www.theprincessandhercowboys.com
Have a good one!
Britney thanks for visiting! Will head over to your site soon 🙂
You know, I have never made bagels! I need to make them one day, right?! These look so delicious, Zainab! Pinning and sharing on Facebook and Twitter! Have a great evening!
Yea Julie, seriously!! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great week!
Nothing like a homemade bagel!
im very intimidated with yeast but making bagels at home is on my to do list 🙂 will try out soon
I was too Dixya but it turned out to be less scary. Try soon please!!
I’m impressed for this being your first time using yeast!
Me too!! Now I need to keep working with yeast :p
I’ve made these before and they are just SO.GOOD. Seriously one of the best bagels I’ve ever had! Yours look amazing!
Looks great! I’ve made everything and sesame bagels, but not cinnamon raisin yet.
I wanted to do an everything bagel at first but cinnamon raisin is just my absolute favorite that it had to be the first. I’ll go with everything next!
Obsessed with these!
These are such wonderful and delicious looking bagels !!
I think you did a great job
Dear Zainab, On the weekends I just love a bagel and coffee…I always treat myself and my family to a special breakfast on weekends. I have never made my own bagels before, but I must keep this recipe on hand. It would be fun to make homemade bagels. Yours look perfect! Blessings, Catherine xo
Z, these look like some serious breakfast fare.
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