I seldom eat bagels.
My first bagel was purchased at Starbucks. They asked if you wanted a small tub of spreadable cream cheese to go with your bagel. Oh definitely…
Starbuck’s bagel came in a few flavors. I usually ordered cinnamon or plain. Chewy and sometimes a bit tough, they were quite filling and worth the price paid, comparing with all the other options to be had at Starbucks.
So when I made these bagels, I expected the bagels to turn out hard and chewy, probably kind of like eating a rubbery bread.
Sourdough bagels (from Wild Yeast)
- 349 grams strong bread flour
- 121 grams cold water
- 28 grams milk powder
- 16.4 grams non-diastatic malt powder (I used brown sugar)
- 10.1 grams salt
- 301 grams active 100% hydration sourdough starter
- 1 tablespoon baking soda for water to boil bagels
- Add everything except baking soda into the mixing bowl. Mix on low speed until a rough dough is formed.
- Mix on medium-low speed until a smooth strong rubbery dough is formed.
- Turn the dough on an unfloured counter top and knead for a few minutes. Form the dough into a ball, cover with cling wrap or a clean towel and leave for 10 minutes.
- Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Form each piece into a ball, cover with cling wrap or a clean towel and leave for 10 minutes.
- Roll each piece into a cylinder about 8 inches long. Overlap about 2 inches of the ends and using your palm, lightly seal the ends by rolling the ends with your palm on the counter top. If dough is dry, spritz a bit of water to make for easier handling and to help with sticking the ends together.
- Place the bagels on lightly greased baking sheets and proof at room temperature for about 4 hours, until bagels are puffy. I did this at night, with a room temperature range of 27-28 C.
- Cover the tray of bagels with cling wrap and place in the fridge for 4-8 hours.
- Preheat oven to 220 C and put a large pot of water to boil. Prepare baking soda.
- Once water is on a rolling boil, add in baking soda. It will fizzle and balloon upwards slightly.
- Add 2-3 bagels into the pot for 20 seconds each. If the bagel floats, count off 10 seconds before flipping over for the remaining 10 seconds. Remove bagel using a slotted spoon and cool for 20 seconds on the rack.
- Place bagel on a lightly greased and semolina sprinkled baking sheet.
- Bake for 24-26 minutes until golden brown. Once bagels are in the oven, turn down temperature to 200 C.
- Cool on a wire rack.
These bagels are NOT hard at all. Even after I refrigerated them!
Chewy? Yep, slightly chewier than a normal slice of bread but my jaws didn’t get as much of a workout as I thought they would.
In short, I love sourdough bagels.