I can totally make bagels that taste as good at home, right? RIGHT???
Yes. Yes, I can. And, I did. And you can too!
The first thing you will need are muscles. Make a fist and bring it up to your ear. Feel your bicep? Good. You have the necessary muscles needed to make great homemade bagels. Time to get down to it....
2 teaspoons of active dry yeast
1 ½ tablespoons of granulated sugar
1 ¼ cups of warm water (you may need up to a 1/2 cup more, depending on climate)
3 ½ cups of bread flour
1 ½ teaspoons of salt
¼ cup cornmeal (for dusting)
In ½ cup of the warm water, pour in the sugar and yeast. Do not stir. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Stir the yeast and sugar mixture until it all dissolves in the water.
Mix the flour and salt in the bowl of stand up mixer. Pour in the warm yeast/water. Mix and stir in additional water as needed. Depending on where you live, you may need to add anywhere from a couple tablespoons to about ¼ cup of water. Your dough should be moist and firm after you have mixed it.
From here, you can keep the dough in the mixer with a dough hook and have the machine knead it, but I feel it's better to hand-knead the dough. Playing with your food makes the end result more rewarding. On a well floured countertop, knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. Work in as much flour as possible to form a firm and stiff dough.
Large, raw well-kneaded dough ball.