Friday, October 8, 2010


New Apartment!

One of my favorite parts about my new apartment is how much LIGHT we get in here! We have a south facing porch/window door and it lets in so much Vitamin D.
 Above is my spidey plant. So proud of that little guy.

I also love this little peek-through from the kitchen to the living/dining room. Really opens up the place and lets the rooms feel connected!

Got the aprons hung and started baking! Then I realized that I haven't updated this blog in a month or two... or eight...  I'll try to be better at posting! Really!

So let's start. Today I made something I've always wanted to try: BAGELS!!!

Got this cookbook from a friend and LOVE IT!!! Here's the recipe for bagels I tried today:

-1 c. plus 1 Tb. water
-1 1/2 Tb. honey
-3 c. bread flour
-1 1/4 ts. salt
-1 1/2 ts. bread machine or quick active dry yeast

Go ahead and load the ingredients into your bread machine in the order given.

flour power.

Set the bread machine on 'dough/pasta' and let it fly! Only set an alternate timer for 50 minutes, because that's when you'll take the dough out.

After 50 minutes, take out your dough and cut it into 10 pieces.

Roll each piece in a ball and then punch your thumb through to make a hole in the center about 1" wide.

 Most of mine turned out ugly lopsided quirky and homemade.

 Put them on a GREASED baking sheet that you'll use to bake them on later. Cover them and let them rise for 20 minutes or so. Meanwhile, set the oven to 450 degrees and...

...start boiling 2 quarts (or 8 cups if you measure in American like me) of water.

Last year I worked at Bruegger's, and learned that this next step is crucial to delicious bagels!

Boil them!
But be counting!

After 15 seconds, flip them over.


After 15 more seconds, take them out and dry them on paper towels. 
This I forgot to do. 
They still turned out :)


Cinnamon sugar suuuure doesn't hurt!

In fact they were pretty darn tasty. Next time I want to try other toppings/mix-ins like:
• cinnamon raisin
• chocolate chip
• oats
• cranberries and blueberries
• sesame/poppy seeds

 Put them in the oven and let them bake for about 10 minutes. 
Keep an eye on them--take them out when they're just golden brown.

Did I mention these are FAT FREE?!? Woohoo!
...Not that that matters, of course...

Hot bagels fresh from the oven? YES PLEASE!

Have fun :)

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