Tuesday, October 16, 2012
So, the day has finally come. I have made my own bagels. This is something I have contemplated doing for a very long time. I first got the idea about five years ago when I was desperately missing my Montreal-style bagels. I remember looking up a recipe, reading the instructions, and then deciding that the process looked too involved for my baking ability. The thought has come up a few times since then as well, but I never quite managed to convince myself to take the plunge. However, now that I have done it once, I think it might be time to look into the recipe for Montreal style bagels and actually give it a try.
I thought these bagels turned out pretty well for a first try. Were they as good as the ones I had in a deli in NYC three weeks ago? Nope. Not even close. But, they were warm and fresh, they had a doughy interior and crisp exterior, and I was able to have them in Washington, DC. So, all in all, I really couldn't have asked for anything more.
By the way, in case anyone is interested in eliminating the shortening from this recipe, I used canola oil instead and they still turned out wonderfully.
For the recipe, please click here.