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Saturday, January 03, 2009

the bake zone


Do you prefer a cold photo?


Or a warm photo?

Bagels, yup I woke up this morning aching to make bagels. What does that feel like you wonder, well it is a pain like no other and its a pain that started around 6:00 AM. It would be so easy for me to go to any number of premiere bagel shops scattered all over this City and pick up some of the best bagels in the nation but nooooo, I have to make my own. The part I like about making my own anything is my 'everything' bagel will have the 'everything' that I want on it, sechezuan peppercorns, sea salt and parmesean. Recipe? what recipe. I read so many recipes so often that I am a cookbook. I altered a pizza dough recipe and a bread recipe and incorporated it with some bagel know how to come up with these bad boys. The secret is in the boiling water and if I told you what it was it wouldnt be a secret anymore.



Rising in the morning sun.



Boiling in the magic cauldron.



Fresh and hot from the oven. Ready for some cream cheese or butter or both.

30 comments:

Jeanne said...

Those are absolutely beautiful!

Creative Mish said...

I agree with Jeanne! These are beautiful. We don't have any good bagel shops near by so if I want one.. I have to buy the kind that are manufactured on an assembly line in some bakery from another state, stuffed in plastic bags and shipped to Idaho. LOL! I can buy fresh ones at the Co-op if I want to Drive into town (about 25 miles)

Anette said...

They look tempting! It's something a bit strange about cooking it before baking it in the oven isn't it? But I guess thats what's so special about the bagel. I like the warm colored ones!

jds223 said...

You always make my stomach growl!

starrlife said...

I love bagels and I love secrets!

doggybloggy said...

jeanne: they are on the pretty side arent they.

creative: make them they only take 2 hours or so...

anette: boiling before baking is what makes them chewy

jds223: I hope thats a good thing

starrlife: well then here you go....

TavoLini said...

mmmm! That everything bagel sounds and looks fantastic! I'm jonesing for some bagel breakfast now :)

deb said...

i know you made those just for me did'nt you
;)

Photonuts said...

You cannot get any fresher than that! Maybe I will get motivated and cook more

doggybloggy said...

tavolini: they came out nice and golden and with the right amount of chew...I wonder how they would be as sourdough?

deb: how'd you guess, and I am still waiting for you to show up...

photonuts: this is about as fresh as they get...

Micky-T said...

I got to know.....How long to make those from start to mouthwatering finish?

I think the cold photo was best.

Chef E said...

You can bake, cook, photo style, make good drinks...seem friendly...can you sing too?

I wish I had a hot one right now! Some asiago cheese please :)

doggybloggy said...

micky t: almost 2 hours - the time is consumed waiting for the dough to rise, I know all the steps I am going to do so its just a matter of staying on track...the bagels cooked for 15 to twenty minutes, boiled for two so you see it was all 'waiting' time.

chef e: oh yeah some asiago would be perfect right about now...I can sing like Leonard Cohen can sing - in my own way....LOL

deb said...

i'm on my way... in spirit. this does make me want to run and buy fresh bagels.

Marjie said...

Yeah, I know the secret of bagels, but I've never tried them. Too much work in the morning. Yours look great!

buffalodick said...

You live in Bagel Central and you make your own? They looked professional- You can run with the Big Bagel Dogs!

Maggie said...

They look awesome! Do they have a lot of egg yolks in them? Bagels in the greater Detroit area have gotten so bad I haven't bought one in years.

doggybloggy said...

deb: you can have an everything bagel

marjie: well since I cant keep a secret I will tell you that it is baking soda and honey in the boiling water - is that your secret?

buff: well 6 bucks worth of bagels can add up fast (bagels are a buck to a buck 20 each) - there is no parking near any of the bagel places so to double park (which is common)it could possible cost a $150 ticket - otherwise it is a 45 minute walk or a 4 dollar bus ride plus walk and waiting or a 24 dollar round trip cab. Delivery is a whole other berry...but thats not why..I just felt like making them.

maggie: these have no egg yolks, only an egg wash - it's just like a pizza dough...though you could add egg yolk if you wanted...

Hornsfan said...

Wow - very cool, this is something I'd never venture to make...just seems like it'd be a pain but it looks more manageable than I'd ever imagined...great photo!

lisaiscooking said...

I want to make bagels! These look great.

Beth said...

ok biatch...and I say that in the most loving way, you know....I need to talk to Banana...seriously. Cuz NO MAN can be this good at EVERYTHING!!!!!

You've got to have a penis the size of a peanut or something....need Viagra?...have some weird fetish?????

Damn those bagels look good!!!!

doggybloggy said...

hornsfan: its an hour 40 in and out...

lisasiscooking: its easier than it looks

beth: its a coupla' peanuts but if you think this is something you should watch me play Wii

ap said...

Your bagels looked great, but is there such a thing as a gluten-free bagel?

Stacey Snacks said...

Wow, these are impressive, and I like the "warm" photo.
I will take a peppercorn w/ smoked salmon a schmear and onion please!

Kitt said...

Wow, way better than the "cocktail bagels" from Costco I had today.

I like your early morning ambition, even if I don't share it.

Harmony said...

As it turns out...I like the warm photo! These look absolutely beautiful...wonderful..I want to make big cushions out of them and sit inside and bask in all of their glory. I love bagels...and have never in my life had a fresh one, can you believe that?!

Nurit "1 family. friendly. food." said...

Looks great. I made bagels with my son just before the holidays. We tried the small size version. I don't recommend it. I say - the bigger the better. From experience.
Happy New Year! Nurit

gaga said...

Mmm, those look delicious! I love bagels, maybe I'll give this a try some time, thanks!

SOUP OF THE DAY said...

amazing! who makes bagels!? i'm impressed.

i like the cold photo.

Jamie said...

I love making bread, but as much as I love bagels - and I don't live in NYC! - I have only made them once. Once? Because I wasn't thrilled with how they came out. But you may have just inspired me to try one more time. Mmmmmm.

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