With a high-quality bread machine, the ability to make fresh, homemade bread is easier than ever before. Bread machines are wonderful machines that take a lot of the work and effort out of making homemade bread, making it feasible for even busy families to enjoy the wholesome taste of freshly baked bread whenever you want. Many of these machines make it as simple as adding the ingredients you need, selecting the type of bread you want, and choosing when you want the bread to be baked.
It really can be that simple to put a warm loaf of freshly baked bread on the table. Another exciting thing about bread machines is that they actually have uses beyond just making tasty loaves of bread. Some machines are designed to make a wide range of specialty breads, or even breads for those on restrictive diets. However, a lot of people don’t know just how far the versatility of their bread machine really extends.
With a high-quality bread machine that has the right functionality, you can also do things like make dough for homemade pasta and even dough to make homemade bagels. That’s right, you can make delicious, fresh-from-the-oven bagels at home and take a lot of the work out of the process by using a bread machine.
What you’ll need
First, you need a bread machine that has a basic dough setting. This can be for specialty breads, pasta, or even specially designed for bagels. If your machine has a dough setting, you can make bagels using the bread machine. Once you have determined you have the right type of hardware, you will want to find a good recipe online. There are numerous tasty recipes for basic bagels that can later be spruced up to your own taste.
All basic bagel recipes will require cold water. You will need bread flour, or you can use a high gluten all-purpose flour if you cannot find bread flour. Additionally, you will need sugar, salt, baking soda, and active dry yeast. That’s really all you need to make a basic bagel. And since there are no perishable ingredients, this is a recipe that you can “set and forget,” so that you have dough waiting for you when you want it.
You may also want to have toppings or add-ins if you are planning on making flavored or topped bagels. Most commonly, people use poppy or sesame seeds, dehydrated onions, fruits, nuts, or herbs and spices. You have a lot of freedom when it comes to these extras, and it really is dependent on your personal tastes.
How to make bread machine bagels
First, you need to make the dough for the bagels. To do so, place all ingredients in the bread machine and choose the dough setting. Once it is done with the kneading, and preparation of the dough is complete, you will want to break the dough into ten pieces on a floured surface.
Then, roll out each piece of dough into a rope and then form it into a circle with about half an inch of space left in the center for the “hole” of the bagel. Put the formed bagels on a baking sheet, cover, and allow them to rise for about a half hour.
During this time, you can preheat your oven to 400°F and get a large pot of water with a teaspoon of sugar boiling for the water bath. After the bagels have risen and the water is at a boil, you will simmer each bagel for about 5 minutes on each side. You can then remove them from the water with a slotted spoon. If you are planning on topping the bagels, this is the time to do it.
You can either grease a baking sheet or line it with cornmeal to avoid any sticking. Place the bagels on the baking sheet and bake for about 25-30 minutes.
Tips and hints
It takes awhile to get any new recipe down and homemade bagels are no exception. You will probably want to try different sizes and bagel thicknesses to determine what you like best.
One of the great things about bagels is that they are easily customizable. A plain bagel can easily be transformed by way of unique and fun toppings, or you can include herbs, spices, and other ingredients in the dough itself. This will give you the ability to make any type of flavored bagel you can imagine. The possibilities are endless!
Do NOT skip the water bath. This is what really gives the bagel its unique texture. If you skip this step, chances are you will end up with a hard, inedible bagel.
Homemade bread, bagels, and pasta are tasty treats that most of us assume we don’t have time for. If we had to do it the old-fashioned way, most of us truly do not have the time to make these things, no matter how much we’d like to. However, with time-saving appliances like a bread machine, even busy people can enjoy the wholesome flavor (and wonderful smell!) of freshly baked bread in their own home kitchens. Bread machines not only allow us to make a wide range of delicious types of bread, some of them even have enhanced functionality.
With some bread machines, making bread is as simple as adding ingredients making a few selections, and letting the machine do its magic. You can also do more sophisticated things with a bread machine, saving you time in the process. Homemade bagels are a mouthwatering breakfast choice, and can easily be made with the use of a bread machine. You can use the bread machine to handle the labor-intensive dough-making process for you, leaving you with only the rising, shaping, and baking. The kneading and dough-making process are where the bulk of the work for things like homemade bagels is expended.
There is no end to the possibilities of your homemade bagels either. Once you have the process down, you can start to experiment with different flavors. You can easily spruce up a bagel by adding a fun topping like poppy seeds, herbs, and more. It is also possible to add things like dried fruits, nuts, and herbs and seasonings to the dough to make a flavored bagel as well. After you’ve learned to make your own bagels at home, exactly to your liking, you’ll never want a premade bagel again.