Homemade Asiago Everything Bagels | simpler and quicker than you'd think, and the result is so worth it! Recipe from bakerita.com

Homemade Asiago Everything Bagels

Homemade Asiago Everything Bagels | simpler and quicker than you'd think, and the result is so worth it! Recipe from bakerita.com Homemade asiago everything bagels. Please don’t look at “homemade” and “bagels” and get nervous – bagels are EASY and I need to share my thoughts as to why you all need homemade bagels in your life.

They taste fresh, with a crispy outside and a chewy crust and a soft, tender crumb. You control the chewiness based on how long you boil them. You can make them ANY flavor you want (I did asiago, asiago + everything, everything, and chocolate chip!). Be creative. And for real: these take like, 2 hours MAX from start to finish.

Homemade Asiago Everything Bagels | simpler and quicker than you'd think, and the result is so worth it! Recipe from bakerita.com I had a lot of technical issues (AKA my oven started spewing out black smoke) along the way, and they still didn’t take more than a few hours. I can’t even tell you how worth it is to try making these. If you’ve never used yeast before, don’t be scared! It’s a totally simple process, and the results are so worth the effort.

I love using instant yeast – no need to proof, just stir it into your dry ingredients, add your warm liquid, and you’re good to go! Totally takes the scare factor out of baking with yeast. I mentioned my love for instant yeast in my last post for Pumpkin Pecan Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Bread too!

Homemade Asiago Everything Bagels | simpler and quicker than you'd think, and the result is so worth it! Recipe from bakerita.com In fact, since I started baking more with yeast…I just want to make more and more stuff using it because it’s so much easier than I ever anticipate it being. It takes a little bit longer for the final product, yeah, but homemade breads are just so darn rewarding and nothing is better than ripping into a piece of hot, fresh out of the oven bread. It’s the truth.

And, cheese makes everything better, so I piled asiago onto my everything bagels. But I also left some plain everything, a few just asiago, and some chocolate chip (for chocolate chip, just knead some chocolate chips into the dough when you’re shaping it into the bagel shape). All were delicious, and all of them were gone by the time we went to bed the day they were made.

I think it’s time for another bagel making day! I highly encourage you to have one as well. :)

Homemade Asiago Everything Bagels | simpler and quicker than you'd think, and the result is so worth it! Recipe from bakerita.com P.S. I totally wrote the first part of this post when I just eaten one of these bagels toasted with butter, and reading the description now makes me need to have these again! Bagels are in my immediate future. They should be in yours too.

Homemade Asiago Everything Bagels

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (105°F to 110°F)
  • 1 (1/4-ounce) packet instant dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg white
  • Asiago cheese, shredded
  • Sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried onion, dried garlic, or coarse salt for topping

Instructions

  1. Combine 2 cups bread flour, yeast, honey, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. Mix on low, slowly add remaining 2 cups of flour.
  2. Mix on low until most of the loose flour has been worked into the dough and the dough looks shredded, about 2 minutes. Increase the speed to medium low and continue mixing until the dough is stiff, smooth, and elastic, about 8 to 9 minutes more. The dough should be dry, not tacky or sticky, and somewhat stiff. Add more flour if necessary.
  3. Shape the dough into a ball, place it in a large oiled bowl, and turn it to coat in oil. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and let the dough rise in a warm place, until it is puffy and springs back when you poke it, about 20 minutes. It will not double in size.
  4. While the dough rises, preheat the oven to 425°F. Fill a saucepan with water and bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium low and let simmer. Cover until you’re ready to boil the bagels. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper greased with oil or cooking spray. Place a metal rack inside of a second baking sheet and set aside.
  5. Turn the risen dough out onto a dry surface. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces, about 3 ounces each. Roll each piece into a 9-inch-long rope, lightly moisten the ends with water, overlap the ends by about 1 inch, and press to join so you’ve created a bagel. As necessary, widen the hole in the middle so it is approximately the size of a quarter. Cover the shaped bagels with a damp towel and let rest 10 minutes.
  6. After resting, stretch the dough to retain the quarter-size hole (the dough will have risen a bit) and boil the bagels, taking care not to overcrowd the pan (I could only boil 2 at a time). Make sure they have room to bob around. Cook for about 30 seconds on each side until the bagels have a shriveled look, then remove to the baking sheet with the rack in it. Adjust heat as necessary so the water stays at a simmer.
  7. Once all of the bagels have been boiled, whisk together 1 tablespoon water and the egg white until evenly combined. Brush the egg wash all over the bagels, then sprinkle as desired with asiago cheese and everything toppings. Arrange the bagels on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 1 inch apart and bake. Rotate the pan after 15 minutes and bake until the bagels are a deep caramel color and have formed a crust on the bottom and top, about 10 minutes more. Remove from the oven and let cool on a rack for at least 30 minutes so the interiors finish cooking and the crusts form a chewy exterior.
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