That was my roommate’s comment when she saw my first completed, less than successful attempt at making bagels. HM.
It figures that it was the first day of Lent, and I should have a nagging hankering to bake. Well, that’s fine – plenty of things to bake that wouldn’t constitute sweets, right? I had been looking at all these lovely photos and posts of beautiful, perfect, “so easy to make” bagels that I thought I would give it a try, even though I’ve never even made anything with active yeast before. That might have been my first issue.
Anyhoo. I used this recipe…and had a few minor, um, issues. The first is that I don’t have a stand mixer, so I was using the dough hook for my hand mixer – not sure if that really makes a difference (or if I’m just making yet another excuse for why I need one?), but I had to add quite a bit of extra flour to the dough in order to make it dry and not sticky. I followed everything else exactly, but never quite had a dry enough dough – and in retrospect, probably didn’t let them rise enough. So what I ended up with were very dense, chewy, salty “bagels.” The taste actually wasn’t bad – but the texture wasn’t quite bagel-esque.
Having said all that, I do not believe my roommate. I’m pretty confident that my first bagel adventure was hindered by baker error, so I will try again!