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My first sourdough bagels

May 11, 2011 - 2:10am -- bencheng

I have made a sourdough starter and my first project is sourdough bagels.

I have been using "Baking Artisan Bread: 10 Expert Formulas for Baking Better Bread at Home" formula to make bagels and I quite like it. so I decide to adapt the formula.



  • 1 tablespoon of my sourdough starter.
  • 125g water
  • 125g Strong bread flour

Main dough

tssaweber's picture

Heading up north for some turkey and mushroom (morels) hunting. The only thing my family asked before they let me go was: Make sure we have enough bagels and multi-grain rolls! I believe I complied with this weekend's bake:

Happy baking!


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My First Shot at Bagels

January 26, 2011 - 9:25am -- strick

This is my first post on Fresh Loaf, but I have been reading posts for months now. This is my first try at Bagels and I consider it about 50% success. They look better than they taste. Not to say they taste bad, just not "bagelly".They actually taste a whole lot like my soft pretzels...sorta. They are 100% bread flour which I was not too happy to do, but I usually follow recipes very closely the first time around and then modify. I like whole wheat bagels the best so that is coming next.

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Ryan Sandler

This is a three bake weekend for me, and I thought I'd offer this shot of the midpoint of it all.

From right to left: Poolish Baguettes, fresh out of the oven.  A bag of sourdough bagels (the BBA formula), baked this morning for breakfast.  And a batch of dough for Vermont Sourdough with Increased Whole Grain, currently in the bulk fermentation stage to be baked tomorrow.

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Izzy's New York Rye and Bwraith's Sourdough Bagels

August 16, 2010 - 1:40pm -- Anonymous (not verified)

More fun this morning with...

...two 2-lb. loaves of 'Izzy's New York Rye' from Nancy Silverton's 'The Breads of the La Brea Bakery', the same rye I ruined last weekend by over-proofing.

The bottom crusts have the traditional cornmeal crust.

The loaves contain lots of caraway and Charnushka seeds. 

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Need Help - Diastatic Malt Powder - Replacement?

April 27, 2010 - 6:10am -- jennyloh

I'd like to attempt the Jeffrey Hamelman's bagels which Lindy did a great job a few weeks ago.  However, I can't seem to find diastatic malt powder in the supermarket here (in China) :(.

I'd really love to do the bagels,  can anyone suggest an alternative that I can use? or if I exclude it,  will it make a difference?


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Substituting malt powder for syrup

February 21, 2010 - 7:23am -- jseeds

First post, but I've been reading here a while (with awe).  I've wanted to bake bread for 20 (30?) years but was too intimidated.  Last weekend, I finally tried the "Loaf for Learning" from Laurel's Kitchen (Whole Grain) Bread Book and it was fabulously successful!  Next project:  whole wheat everything bagels.



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