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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.
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 Random.org number generator.
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