–noun: the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.
I think I have an addiction. Not to any narcotics, don’t you fret, but to bread. I crave it! I want it and need it so dearly that when torn from its tasty delight for too long, I find myself inadvertently baking copious amounts of it. Alas, my incredible husband has the same addiction and so it seems that I am now an enabler as well as an addict. sigh.
Yesterday I made bagels. Jacob’s family came home from the store the other day with these garlic and rosemary bagels that they were all raving about and I thought, I should make some bagels! If I can make cheesecake, I can make bagels. (There is absolutely no connection between bagels and cheesecake, that last bit was for self-motivation and therefore will make sense to no one but me. I apologize). So I set about making bagels. Now, as of late, I’ve decided to use only whole wheat flour in the things I bake. Reason #1: Health. If I can substituted a few ingredients here and there to make the everyday foods I eat even the slightest bit healthier, I’m going to! Reason #2: Experimentation. I haven’t used whole wheat flour nearly as much as All-Purpose Flour so in my quest for a healthier lifestyle, I’m trying out all sorts of new ingredients and figuring out which ones I like, and which ones are just not worth it. So far, whole wheat flour is totally worth it. Delicious and nutritious!
I cut up fresh rosemary from our herb box and fresh garlic scapes from Laura’s (Jacob’s mom) garden.
I after much kneading and rising of dough, it mas time to shape the bagels. This part kind of threw me and I must say it’s not my most artistic work.
This next step is where bagels differ from everything else I’ve ever baked.
First, bring a big pot of water (about 2 quarts) to a boil. Toss a few (3) of these in, flip them over and let boil for 2 minutes. Pull them out of the water with a slotted spoon and place on a greased cookie sheet. Brush with an egg wash and THEN bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 425 degrees. They came out quite nice actually.
They didn’t end up looking too bad after all, and they taste pretty good too.