Bagels can be very fun to prepare at home. In fact, they’re actually quite easy if you follow a few simple steps. But at one time I most definitely did not know what I was doing, and that’s why on more than one occasion I prepared what I lovingly referred to as “bagel dunkers.” U-shaped oddities that couldn’t really be sliced in half so my best option was to just dunk them into things.
There’s nothing quite as pathetic looking as an unraveled bagel. The good news is that this is pretty easy to avoid. When you roll out the dough and shape it into a bagel, you really need to pinch the ends together firmly. Pinch it like you’re mad at it. Teach that dough a lesson. Squeeze it around until there’s very little sign of a seal. If you don’t firmly seal the ends together the bagels may come undone while you’re boiling them. You’ll wind up with bagel dunkers (which are still delicious).
You don’t want to let that happen with these perfect cinnamon raisin bagels. They are chewy on the inside, crunchy on the outside and better than anything you’ll buy at the supermarket. I promise.
- 13 ounces bread flour
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1½ tablespoons cinnamon
- 2½ teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar, divided
- ⅔ cup seedless raisins
- Whisk/sift together the flour, salt and cinnamon.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the Red Star Yeast, water and 2 tablespoons sugar. Allow it to proof for 5 minutes.
- Add the flour mixture to the stand mixer. Mix on low speed for 5 minutes and then turn the speed up to medium and allow it to mix for an additional minute.
- Remove the bowl from the stand mixer and gradually kneed in the raisins by hand, a few at a time. Use your fingers to separate any clumps and disperse them evenly.
- Form the dough into a ball and place in a large, lightly greased bowl. Cover and allow the dough to double in size, approximately 1 hour. Remove the dough and punch it down.
- Lightly grease a baking sheet. Using a kitchen scale, measure out 3 ounce balls. Roll each ball into a 5-inch log. Join the ends and very firmly pinch them together. There will be approximately 1 additional ounce that can be rolled into a bite sized "chef's" bagel. Once all of the bagels are rolled out, cover and let them rest for an additional 20 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and bring a large pot of water to a boil with the remaining sugar. Grease a baking sheet and set aside.
- In batches, boil the bagels for 30 seconds per side.
- Remove the bagels with a slotted spoon and place them on the prepared sheet tray. Bake for 12 minutes, flip, and bake for an additional 12 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.