I’ve been hoarding this recipe for a while in hope to publish it in a book instead of a blog but, one thing this quarantine has taught me is: there’s no better time than the present. Plus, nothing stops me from publishing it later on, maybe with a few tweaks or technical adjustments.
So this is the perfect recipe if you have extra time on your hands (not looking at you stuck at home reading this) and, you miss the nice chew of a Montreal’s style bagel. Personally, I miss walking up tp the Mile-end, on a warm, sunny, summer day, to go buy fresh bagels on St-Viateur and then just walk around the streets and soak in the sun. At that point I’m already snacking on my purchase and the sound of the crunch from my teeth biting in to the lightly sweetened crust to is music to my ears.
Super easy to freeze, pretty much like bread. This recipe makes 12 everything bagels and you’ll need a stand mixer. If you’re not used to making bread, this might not be the best project to start with because you’re going to play with a VERY hydrated dough which makes it difficult to handle. If you feel up for the challenge, make sure to keep your work space floured but not too much. Both of you hands should be well floured at all time.
As you’re shaping your bagels, make sure to deflate the dough before shaping it.