How to Make Bagels: A Users Manual at Epicurious.com
While making bagels may seem challenging to home cooks, it's actually not as complicated as you might think. But before we get into the specific recipe and bagel-making process, let's explore a few urban myths: Do You Need a Special Type of Flour to Make Bagels? No. Bagel shops often use a type of high-gluten flour to achieve that distinctively chewy texture and to stand up to the rigors of mass production, but you can opt for more readily available unbleached bread flour and still achieve fantastic results. Plus, even though bread flour contains slightly less protein—12.5 percent compared with 14 percent for high-gluten flour—it actually tastes better. Is Barley Malt Syrup Essential to That Distinctive Bagel Taste? Yes and no. Barley malt syrup is available at most supermarkets, but if you can't find it, use brown rice syrup, honey, or agave. Can You Make Good Bagels in One Day? While not a difficult or labor-intensive process, bagel making is a two-day affair.
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