And that’s because it’s February Vacation Week, at least for us in Massachusetts. In New Jersey, we only got a long weekend – and if we had already used too many snow days – they would take away our February break. So there’s that. My kids are having it easy. Trips to Boston and Connecticut, homemade bagels, blowing money at the fancy new arcade, and eating lots of cookies. Lots of cookies. Bagels, though. These are so good that I didn’t even slice one today – I just cut out triangles of it as if it were pieces of pie, and I slathered fresh butter on them. I popped them in my mouth and my eyes rolled to heaven. Des saw me doing this and got intrigued and did it too. It made a right mess. We giggled and ate these bagel triangles. YUM.
Homemade Greek Yogurt Bagels: With Everything Bagel Seasoning:
What You Need:
1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup plain Greek yogurt (we use full fat)
1 Tbsp water
Optional toppings: everything bagel seasoning, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, coarse salt
*Special note: You can also make self-rising flour from scratch by mixing 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder, and ½ teaspoon salt.
What You Do:
1 – First, preheat oven to 350F.
2 – In a large mixing bowl, combine the self-rising flour and Greek yogurt until it forms a ball (you may need to begin by stirring with a spoon, then switch to mixing with your hands).
3 – Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead the dough for 2-3 minutes, until the dough is smooth but still tacky.
4 – And then, divide the dough into 4 equal portions – roll each portion of dough out into a 10-inch long rope.
5 – Coil the dough into a circle to form the bagel, pinching the ends of the rope together to complete the circle.
6 – Place the bagels on a baking sheet prepared with parchment paper, a silicone baking mat, or non-stick cooking spray, and then set aside.
7 – In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water, and then brush the egg wash lightly over the top and sides of the bagels.
8 – Sprinkle the top of the bagels with the toppings of your choice, or leave plain.
9 – Bake the bagels at 350F for 25 minutes, or until golden brown, and cool the bagels for 10 minutes on a wire baking rack.
10 – Slice and serve the bagels either toasted or warmed with cream cheese, butter, or other spreads.
Makes 4 bagels
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
And that’s that! Gorgeous bagels! I think there’s a real freedom in learning to make your own bagels. You’re definitely unlocking a new level of adulthood right here, even if you cut out bagel triangles and slather them with butter. That’s just all part of the intrigue, isn’t it?