Thursday, May 28, 2009

Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

2/3 cup raisins, pre-soaked
4 teaspoons cinnamon
4 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 cup lukewarm water
4 cups white bread flour
6 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • Soak the raisins in warm water for 10 minutes. Drain and pat dry. Toss with cinnamon and sugar, then place in a bread machine with the rest of the ingredients. Insert ingredients in bread machine according to manufacturer's instructions.

  • Remove the dough from the machine after the first knead - approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Place dough on a lightly floured surface. Divide into 10 parts. Form balls, gently press thumb through center of ball and slowly stretch into bagel shape. Place bagels on a sheet pan and let rise 15-20 minutes.

  • While bagels rise, bring three quarts of water and one tablespoon of sugar to a rapid boil in a large saucepan.

  • Drop test dough (see hints below). Using a slotted spoon, drop 2 bagels into rapidly boiling water. Boil on each side for 45 seconds. Remove and cool on rack 1 minute, brush with egg and sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds, if desired.
  • Bake at 400ºF for 15-20 minutes on a greased baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal.

Bagel Success Hints, etc.
  • When forming the bagels, set aside two 1/4" balls of dough. When the bagels have doubled in size, drop the test dough into boiling water. The dough should pop to the top right away. When this happens, it is time to boil the bagels. A quick spray of non-stick vegetable coating on the top of the bagel may be substituted for the egg wash.

  • To make bagel sticks, cut bagel before rising and lay out in a straight line. Roll sticks in a combination of sesame and poppy seeds with a pinch of garlic powder. Let sticks rise, boil, and bake as described in the above directions.

  • To make bagel chips, slice leftover bagels horizontally into thin slices. Brush with butter or margarine on one side. Lay (butter side up) on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 325ºF for 12-15 minutes until golden brown and crisp.

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