The most important meal of the day is now the most fun with these delicious, warm, crunchy bread with soft doughy centers.

A begel is a bread product usually stiffer than the average bread variety because it contains less water. Bagels are made from different types of flour but all these types have one thing in common. They’re full of gluten which makes your bagel chewy. Bagels have originated in the Jewish communities of Poland as staple breakfast items. They’re associated with New York Jews who immigrated from Europe, especially Poland. However, it is safe to say that these days bagels are enjoyed by everyone and everywhere.

Bagels and Doughnuts appear the same because of their round shape and holes that go right through them. However, they differ from each other in terms of their methods of preparation and their toppings respectively. Doughnuts are deep fried while Bagels are first boiled and then baked. Doughnuts are traditionally sweeter in taste and are dusted with various toppings and flavors such as sugar, chocolate, or maple glazing. Bagels can be plain or have some savory toppings (dried onion, dried garlic, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, etc.)

Key Ingredients:

  • Bread flour or high-gluten flour
  • Salt and sugar
  • Instant yeast
  • Vegetable oil
  • Lukewarm water
  • Toppings (optional)

The Preparation Process:

1. Making dough

Mix all the ingredients- flour, salt, yeast, water, and various flavorings together and knead. Turn out the dough onto a floured board. Cut the dough into equal sized balls, and pierce the ball with your fingers. Let them rest for 10 to 20 minutes.

2. Proofing

Proofing is a baking term that refers to the process of allowing the bread dough to rise. Proof the balls for at least 12 hours at low temperature (40–50 °F)

3. Boiling

Boil the balls on both sides for 2 minutes in the water that may contain additives such as lye, baking soda, barley malt syrup, or honey. Ensure balls are firm and puff up. Drain the water carefully.

4. Baking

Bake the balls at between 175 °C and 315 °C for about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size: 4 pieces     
Amount Per Serving
Calories 210 Calories from Fat 50
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 540mg 23%
Potassium
Total Carbohydrate 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Sugars 3g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 8% Iron 10%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

 

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