One of the many things I love about living in Minnesota again is that we have a Bruegger’s Bagels just a couple miles from our house. We were deprived of this luxury when we lived in Chicagoland! Their cinnamon sugar bagels are to die for. Since anything with cinnamon sugar seems to be a consistent craving during this pregnancy, I was thrilled when I saw a recipe for bagels on Clover Lane and decided to try making them myself.
I’d never made bagels before and was surprised at how easy it was. I’ve made a couple batches now, and they turned out great. This recipe uses a bread machine, but if you don’t have one I’m sure making dough the old fashioned way would just as well.
Cinnamon Sugar Bagels (adapted from Clover Lane)
-1 cup warm water
-3 cups flour
-2 tbsp. sugar
-1 1/2 tsp. salt
-2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
-3 tbsp. sugar
-1 tbsp. cornmeal
-1 egg white
-1/2 cup cinnamon sugar
1. Add the first five ingredients to bread machine. Set on Dough cycle. When finished, place dough on a lightly floured surface. Shape into 8 balls, flatten them a bit, then poke a hole in the middle. Make sure the hole is fairly big because the dough will rise.
2. Cover bagels with a clean dish towel and let rise. Mine took about 35 – 45 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375.
3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Dissolve 3 tbsp. sugar in boiling water.
4. Sprinkle an ungreased cookie sheet with cornmeal. Transfer bagels to boiling water. My pot holds 3 at a time. Boil for 1 minute, turning them over halfway through. Remove bagels and place on dish towel to drain.
5. Brush each side of the bagel with the egg white, then dip each side in the cinnamon sugar before arranging them on the cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.
*This is a basic bagel recipe, so feel free to swap your topping of choice if cinnamon sugar isn’t your thing.
Even though Bruegger’s is a short drive away, during the frigid days of Winter I’d much prefer to eat a warm bagel in the comfort of my warm home, especially since these taste pretty close to the real deal. If you’re looking for a way to spice up breakfast for your family, give this recipe a try. I promise it won’t disappoint!
Question: What’s your favorite kind of bagel?
EnJOY your Tuesday!