Quick and Easy Bagels

First things first, MY LAPTOP IS BACK!! Yes, I'm fully back

Now, lets begin the story of how I woke up craving bagels. I literally woke up from a dream I was having where Aldi had New York Style Bagels in stock and I bought about ten because it was meant to be a one time deal

Do you ever have those dreams  that feel so real, you believe it for a few good minutes after you've woken up? Oh my, was I disappointed when I fully understood I had no bagels at home :(

And so began my search for an easy and quick bagel recipe

This bagel recipe is so easy and you get your bagels on the same day.... No two day waiting... That's a big deal if you're an impatient baker like me

Plus, the kneading can be done with your stand mixer, using the dough hook (another shortcut for you guys. thank me later)

8 cups flour,
2 tablespoons Sugar,
3 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 teaspoons active dry yeast (use equal parts baking soda and lemon juice, if you don't have any)
21/2- 3 cups warm water

1. Add the yeast to the warm water. Do not stir. Let it sit for five minutes, and then stir
2. Mix the rest of the ingredients and the yeast mixture in a large bowl
3. Stir until you get a moist and firm dough

4. On a floured countertop, knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic and forms a firm and stiff dough. (Or mix in your stand mixer for about 5 minutes)
5. Roll dough into a long baguette shape, divide the dough into about 16-24 little pieces
6. Shape each piece into a round ball and leave to rest for 20 minutes
7. Roll each dough ball into a snake shape and then shape into rings
8. After shaping the dough rounds and placing them on the cookie sheet, cover with a damp kitchen towel and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 425ºF / 220ºC / Gas Mark 7
9. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and gently place bagels in the pot. Once the bagels are in, it shouldn’t take too long for them to float to the top (a couple seconds). Let them sit there for 1 minute, and them flip them over to boil for another minute. Boil for 2 minutes each, if you’d prefer a chewier bagel
10.  Once all the bagels have boiled (and have been topped with your choice of toppings), transfer them to a lightly oiled baking sheet.
11. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown.
12. Cool on a wire rack (or if you’re like I am, slice one after 2 minutes, spread some butter on it. Take a bite… And oh lordyyy!)

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