Thursday, February 3, 2011

Fave Foods & Bagels

Besides crafting, I love to cook. I love trying new recipes, and luckily everyone is more than keen to try new things, but there are always some meals that I know are winners and we can aways fall back on.

Some are super quick dinners to make, so great for days Liam is at daycare (3 days a week this year) as he wants to eat the MINUTE he walks in the door (playing is hard work you know), then others are perfect for in Isabella's new lunch box or snacks and afternoon teas.

So while there seems to be a lack of crafting happening around here (I do have some projects on the go, but somehow broke my quilting foot on the sewing machine and am waiting the new one to arrive) I have been preparing some posts on some of our "Fave Foods" around here. Tried, tested and approved by the Princess and the Monkey.

So to start off sharing some of our Fave Foods... an oldie that I have posted before... Bagels, made using the breadmaker, taking all the hard work out of kneading. One of Isabella's favourite breakfasts and guaranteed to be asked for constantly.

Makes 8 bagels

  • 1 1/4 cup warm water
  • 3 cups Plain Flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Large lightly oiled bowl
  • Cling wrap
  • 2 baking sheets, oiled
  1. Place all ingredients into your bread maker and run the dough cycle up to when the rising cycle begins.
  2. Take out the dough, shape into a ball and place in the large lightly oiled bowl and cover with cling wrap. Let rise for an hour.
  3. Take the dough out and cut into 8 equal pieces. Make each piece into a small smooth ball, flatten slightly and make a hole using 2 fingers to shape like a, well, bagel.
  4. Place all formed bagels onto the greased baking sheets and cover with a damp tea towel to allow to rise for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 240 degrees Celsius.
  5. Once the bagels have risen for 15 minutes, bring a large saucepan to the boil. Once the water is boiling drop 2 bagels at a time, allow to poach for 30 seconds one side, flip over and finish another 30 seconds on the other side. Remove, drain either on a slotted spoon or some paper towel then place on the oiled baking sheets again, well spaced apart.
  6. Once all bagels have been boiled, cook for 10-15 minutes. Check after 10 minutes though, they may be already golden and ready.

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