[First things first, head on over and check out the current giveaway on last week’s post!]
Fridays have become my baking experiment days. My work schedule allows me to have every other Friday off, so I take advantage of having the house all to myself to watch trashy TV shows and try baking everything I’ve been afraid of. First on the list: bagels. Why did I think bagels would be so hard? True, there’s a lot of steps, but every step is an easy one. Plus, I actually find working with yeast dough to be relaxing. Do a little work, sit around for an hour. Do a little more work, sit around a while longer. It’s basically giving me an excuse to give my Netflix subscription a workout while still feeling productive. Plus, homemade bagels have WAY fewer calories than store-bought, so I basically feel like a health nut now 😉
Another great thing about yeast doughs? They can be so basic and use only a handful of ingredients. If you don’t count bagel toppings, there are five ingredients in these babies. Yeast, water, sugar, salt, and white whole wheat flour. Do water and salt even really count as ingredients? If not, you could even call these 3 ingredient bagels! Fancy, shmancy right there. I topped mine with flax seeds, sesame seeds or poppy seeds with garlic powder, but the sky is really the limit here. If you can’t imagine eating 12 bagels in a few days (try out, your plans might change when you see how good they are!) cut them in half, wrap each in plastic wrap, and stick them in a large container (or large plastic bag) and store in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat, just pop `em in the toaster like you would any other bagel. Easy peasy homemade bagels at your finger tips.
Notice anything new about the pictures? I’m trying to be a little better about backgrounds for pictures as opposed to just not cleaning off my counter top and calling it good. I’m hoping that the different color backgrounds will help make my pictures more exciting, let me know if you have any advice on that!
Nutritional estimate does not include any optional ingredients.
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