Sesame Bagels and My First Giveaway!

Posted by Lindsey On 12:16 PM

***Giveaway now over***

Ever since I made the Easy No Knead Dutch Oven Bread I have been itching to make bread again. These turned out great, and are very easy to make. I am officially addicted to making bread and would love some more great bread recipes. I made a trip to my favorite spice store, Penzey's, recently and picked up some of my favorite spices and I also got some sesame seeds so I could make this recipe. They really make the bagel and added a great flavor.

Sesame Bagels
Adapted from The Food Network

2 cups warm water, about 110 degrees F
2 (1/4-ounce) packets active dry yeast
3 tablespoons granulated sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
5 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
4 tablespoons sesame seeds(about 1 teaspoon each)

Combine the water, yeast, and 3 tablespoons of the sugar in the bowl of an upright mixer fitted with a dough hook. Stir and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Gradually add 4 cups of the flour and the salt, and mix until the mixture comes together.

Add 1 to 1 1/2 cups additional flour 1/2 cup at a time to make a stiff dough, either stirring with the wooden spoon or working with your hands. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and no longer sticky, about 5 minutes, adding just as much flour as needed. (Dough should be heavier and stiffer than regular yeast bread dough.)

Grease a large bowl with 1 teaspoon of the oil. Place the dough in the bowl, turning to coat. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free spot until almost doubled, about 1 hour.

Remove from the bowl and punch down the dough. Divide into 12 equal pieces, about 2 to 3 ounces each, measuring about 4 inches across. Form each piece of dough into a ball. Roll each ball into a 4 to 6-inch log. Join the ends and place fingers through the hole and roll the ends together. Repeat with the remaining dough. Place on a lightly greased surface, cover with a clean cloth, and let rest until risen but not doubled in a draft-free spot, 20 to 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Grease a baking sheet with the remaining teaspoon of oil.

In a large, heavy pot, bring 12 cups of water and the remaining tablespoon of sugar to a boil. In batches, add the bagels to the water and boil, turning, for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Flip bagels onto the prepared sheet pan. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 25 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.

OK now onto something exciting, my first giveaway!! I am giving away something from Penzey's. They recently came out with a cookbook How We Became One, which is filled with 384 pages of tasty recipes. The cookbook is a compilation from the first three years of Penzeys One magazine, which premiered in 2005 and is dedicated to people who "Love to Cook—Cook to Love."

Ok how to enter:

Leave me a comment on this blog post answering the question, What is your all time favorite spice and or seasoning? (It doesn't have to be something from Penzey's, just in general)

You can also have a second entry at winning this awesome book if you tweet about this giveaway on twitter and link back to this blog entry and leave me a comment saying you have done this.

Must have a valid email address to enter.
Giveaway only for those in the USA. Sorry!

Deadline for this giveaway is Sunday September 27th at 12pm CST Winner will be announced Sunday Night.

One Winner will be chosen by number generator.

49 Response to "Sesame Bagels and My First Giveaway!"

  1. Jaime Said,

    From Penzey's? I'd have to say almost everything they have in stock, but we've fallen in love with their chipotle powder. It's good in almost everything.


  2. Melissa Said,

    congrats on the cook book! i love adding cumin to things. i bought it for a recipe one time and had no clue what else to do with. i kept experimenting and realized it goes well with a lot of things i cook.


  3. Yudith Said,

    I love red pepper flakes, my husband always teases me when I reach out for the spice cabinets, he asks, "Red pepper flakes?" ;-)


  4. ~Amber~ Said,

    Your bagels look amazing! My favorite spice is garlic, I use it everytime I cook.


  5. ashleymoss Said,

    Rosemary. I adore it, it goes in literally every Italian dish I make.


  6. Molly Jean Said,

    Your bagels look amazing. I'm so jealous of all the fabulous bagel makers out there... I only wish I could tackle them!

    I love using any type of garlic seasoning or cajun spice. Although Penzey's is my favorite for their dried shallots and pizza seasoning ;) Everything they have is GREAT though!


  7. Stephanie Said,

    Great looking bagels!!
    My favorite spice to cook with is cumin. I just love adding to chicken or even mixing in my tuna!


  8. Colleen Said,

    those bagels look great! paprika is one of my favorites, I am always looking for something to put it in!


  9. Jennifer Said,

    I'd probably have to say garlic...I tend to use it a lot!!


  10. Karin Said,

    My all time favorite seasoning is Cayenne Pepper! A little of that stuff goes a long way!!


  11. Carrie Said,

    Ground fennel I LOVE the flavor it adds to meat and pasta dishes.


  12. Elizabeth Said,

    I love oregano. I always throw it on everything!


  13. Anonymous Said,

    My favorite seasoning is definitely garlic! I LOVE the stuff and use it every day.


  14. Baking Away Said,

    Not very original, but my favorite spice is cinnamon. Now that fall is here, I'll be using it a lot in all the fun fall baking recipes.


  15. Ange Said,

    Red pepper flakes. I put them in recipes when I want a little extra kick.


  16. TZel Said,

    I love Penzey's! I guess my favorite spice is chili powder, it is very versatile. Thank you!


  17. Amy Said,

    Without a doubt it's cinnamon! It's so warm and homey and delicious.


  18. Tiff Said,

    Garlic is one of my favorite seasonings. I recently discovered a fun spice at Penzey's called Pasta Sprinkle. It is a great combo of Italian seasonings.


  19. Lisa Said,

    Cinnamon. I'm a baker!


  20. Rachel Said,

    I love smoked paprika and cumin and cinnamon!!


  21. Jen Said,

    Definitely the smoked paprika. It's AMAZING!


  22. Nina Said,

    I love spicy food so probably red pepper.


  23. Shelley Said,

    Since moving to TX I'd have to say Mesquite seasoning. Thanks!


  24. marci Said,

    Those look great!

    My favorite spice is cardamom.


  25. wifeplzak Said,

    Red pepper flakes for sure, they add instant flavor to anything!


  26. Shawna Said,

    Garlic by a landslide! :) Awesome bagels and giveaway!!!


  27. I love cinnamon. I add it to almost everything. Coffee, greek yogurt, name it!


  28. Eva Said,

    I'm a baker and love cinnamon!

    evitawylie at hotmail dot com


  29. Vanessa Said,

    I have to say I love Adobo- a spanish/latin seasoning that we put on SO many things. It's easily available and goes great with so many things.


  30. My favorite spice is dill weed. I love the flavor, the smell, and the taste. My aunt has the best recipe for a dill vegetable dip.


  31. Cindy Said,

    My all time favorite spice is clove. I just love adding it to sweet tea!



  32. Teresa Said,

    My "go to" spice is garlic.


  33. my favorite seasoning is one called "VEGETA". it is european and you can find it in specialty stores.



  34. Michelle Said,

    Over from SITS, but please enter me in the contest.

    My favorite spice is garlic. What can I say? I love garlic.


  35. Katie Said,

    Cinnamon hands down wins for me everytime!


  36. Lindsay Said,

    Old Bay! Can you tell I grew up in MD? I love giveaways. It reminds me of a few years ago when PW only had a handfull of comments on her blog posts. Now she gets thousands, and someday you will, too!


  37. Chris Said,

    My favorite Penzey's spice is the Chicago steak seasoning on a home grilled grassfed steak.

    I also have been on a real pumpkin pie spice kick lately.


  38. Anonymous Said,

    I like to use garlic and minced onion in most main course dishes...I love the flavor they both add!


  39. Laura Said,

    I tweeted:


  40. I have found so many fabulous spices from Penzey's. My current favorites are breakfast sausage seasoning and Italian sausage seasoning. You add it to ground pork and voila... no mystery ingredients in your sausage. Italian sausage "meatballs" are wonderful in homemade spaghetti sauce!


  41. Kristin Said,

    I love Penzey's...I could spend tons of money there! My favorite spice is cumin, I think I use it in everything. I'm also starting to really love curries and have been experimenting with that.


  42. Anonymous Said,

    I recently became aware of Penzeys. I love that place. Probably my favorite spice is Ginger. Especially in the fall.


  43. I put cumin on a lot, even though I have no idea what it really goes with. *lol* But garlic powder is one of my favorites.


  44. Wendi P Said,

    I love, love, love cinnamon for baking and garlic for entrees/sides.


  45. Julie Said,

    I use oregano and garlic


  46. I am tied between the Barbecue of the Americas and Fox Point from Penzey's. My all time favorite would have to be garlic.


  47. Anonymous Said,

    my fave spices are garlic and red pepper flakes from PC..mmmmmm


  48. I would love to win this cookbook! My favorite spice of all times is garlic!