Blueberry Bagels

by - Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Oh HELLO homemade Blueberry Bagels!!
I've always loved Bagels. They are just so delicious toasted with some butter! Or - if you're feeling like something a little sweeter, with a dab of cream cheese on top! Either way, I never thought I'd actually be able to bake my OWN bagels, but here we are! 

Thanks to the Thermomix, I'm actually starting to have some fun in the kitchen!!
I found a recipe online for basic Bagels, and decided to change it a little to make Blueberry ones. I've made a few batches of them, doing each batch slightly differently with the blueberries to see how the dough differed, and honestly, they all ended up AMAZING! You can't really go too wrong - so have some fun experimenting with it until you find your favourite way. 

Here's how it went down!

1 & 1/3 cup of Blueberries (fresh or thawed)
200g of Milk
80g of Water
25g of Caster Sugar
25g of Butter 
15g of Yeast
480g of Bakers Flour
1 tsp salt

Roughly chop 1/3 cup of Blueberries 4 seconds/speed 6. Scrap down from sides if you need to. Add Yeast, Butter, Sugar, Milk and Water into the TMX bowl and mix 3 minutes/37°C/Speed 1

Add in Flour, Salt and 1 cup of Blueberries. Knead for 2 minutes. You'll have a lovely pretty purple dough to work with. Pull out all the dough from your TMX bowl onto some baking paper. It helps if you remove your blade to get in all the tricky places, and you'll probably need to have it detached anyway for cleaning.

Loosely cover or wrap, and leave it to rest for 30 minutes. I simply kept it on the baking paper, and moved that into a bowl, then got one of Isla's plastic plates and sat it on top.

Divide the dough up into 9 - 12 portions depending on the size you'd like them. Take each portion, and make a rough ball. Flatten it slightly, and make a hole in the middle. Stretch the dough out a little, and work it into a donut shape. Because of the Blueberries, the dough is a little more wet and sticky then it would have been without them, so you may find you need to sprinkle a little extra flour down onto your table and knead the dough into it a little to form your donut shapes more easily.

Once your bagels have been formed, let them rest for another 15 - 20 minutes. While this is happening, preheat the oven to 220°C. Then boil a large pot full of water over the stove.

Drop your bagels into the boiling water, and boil each side for 1 - 2 minutes each side. Keep in mind that they will expand a little, so depending on your pot size, you can fit 3 or 4 in MAX at a time. Once boiled, let the water drain away, and pop them down on a baking tray lined with baking paper, ready to go into the oven.
Bake for 15 - 20 mins, until just golden.

I've got to be honest, I'm yet to bake a batch of Bagels without eating one or two of them as soon as they come out of the oven! The house just smells so good while they're baking, and they taste their absolute BEST when they are hot and fresh out of the oven!! But I may need to learn some self control in that department, otherwise I can't bake them so often!

Enjoy, and treat-yo-self!! Hm.. whatever shall I bake next!?

- A M Y  D A V I S

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