I received an email from my subscribtion to AllRecipes' baking newsletter with a recipe for Boiled Bagels, and I knew I had to try them.
4 1/2 cups flour
2 packets active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1. In a large bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups of flour with yeast. In a separate bowl, combine water, 3 tbsp sugar, and the salt. *To be the right temperature for the yeast to rise, the water needs to be about 110 degrees F. This is just a little warmer than body temperature.
2. Beat with a mixer on low for about 30 seconds, then scrape the sides and mix for another 3 minutes.
3. Form bagels slightly smaller than how you want them after completion, and set them aside to rise (covered) for 15 minutes, at least.
4. Place bagels on a greased baking sheet. I found it less greasy to sprinkle cornmeal on the baking sheet. At this point, go ahead and start your pot of water boiling.
5. Broil the bagels on high for 1:30 minutes, flipping once.
6. Boil a few bagels at a time for 7 minutes each, flipping once.
7. After they are boiled, bake them for 20-25 minutes.
I came back to this recipe a few weeks ago, and tried a few variations:
Blueberry: Make a dough ball, and place about 1.5 tsp of blueberry preserves per bagel. Carefully swirl the dough to incorporate the jam, then broil, boil, and bake as directed.
Cheddar Garlic: Add garlic powder and shredded cheese to the top before baking.
Chocolate Chip: Add about a 1/2 cup of chocolate chips before forming bagels. (amount can be easily adjusted)